i am a muslim and i have studied islam a lot, but i have stumbled across this site that really made me think. http://servantofthelight.com
the maker is a muslim and he says that the real meaning of the quran is lost and only few people understand it (when i read that, i remembered a hadith of the rasool who said that at the end of times very few people would truly understand islam and the quran)
anywayz, everything he says makes so much sense, for example, he says that the descriptions of heaven and hell in quran are metaphors for spiritual realms. and i think that is true, reason 1 is because some verses in the quran say that in jannah u will not feel the heat of the sun nor coldness(so the physical reality is gone), and nothing will be intoxicating and no bad thoughts will be there. ok, so if jannah is a physical plane, then how can there be no bad thought and no coldness nor heat, physical reality is basicly based on distinctions, (hot and cold, good and bad, light and darkness etc..) he says the true meaning of the "gold cups" and "rivers of wine" is an abundance of what we want, and gold and precious experiences and ranks that we get, he says jannah is a place for our inner self to expand. what i remembered from the quran also made me think that it is all a metaphor. if im correct the quran states something like that the dwellers in jannah will get cold and refreshing drinks, while the dwellers in jahannam will get drinks that are so hot that it will melt their bowels. I thought to myself, why would there be such emphasis on drinks that we will get in jannah or jahannam, are drinks that important? unless, its a metaphor for something bigger, like experiences !
what this guy also says is that angels are the forces of nature wich i partly believe, because i remember some hadiths say that if jinns try to go to thehighest heaven, angels will throw blazing rocks at them (meteors in space, so the "angel" that throws the rocks is a force of nature). and also allah(s.w.t.) says that angels dont have free will and do what allah(s.w.t.) tells them, to me that really sounds like the forces of nature, like gravity, light and darkness, solid elements etc..
i really would love to hear what u guys think of this, believe it or not, but i was thinking of the quran this way a long time before i came across that website, and i believed it to be a possibility of the true meaning of the quran.