The one meant by in the Ayah: 'Then he approached and came closer'
Q 4: He says: "The reality in the saying of Allah (Exalted be He):
Then he [Jibrîl (Gabriel)] approached and came closer,
is that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is not different from Allah (Exalted be He). Therefore, you should not allege that there were two entities. The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not see but himself." Please guide us to the truth.
The truth is that the one who approached and came closer is Jibril
(Gabriel) (peace be upon him) until the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw him. This is reported authentically from the Prophet (peace be upon him). Whoever alleges that the one who approached and came closer is Allah commits a grievous mistake. Saying that there are not two entities and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not see, at that time, but himself is pantheism which is an explicit Kufr (disbelief) as it was mentioned.Eventually, it becomes evident that whoever believes in what is mentioned in the questions above is at fault. (Part No. 1; Page No. 462) Moreover, whoever holds this view is not a believer let alone being from
Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). Rather, such a person is a Kafir (disbeliever) who abandons Islam even if they allege that they are Muslims.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.