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Sharh-ul-Usool ath-Thalaathah :

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ : The Night Journey and the Ascent through the Heavens –half 1

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The Night Journey and the Ascent through the Heavens

Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) said:

وبعد العشر عرج به إلى السماء ، وفرضت عليه الصلوات الخمس ، وصلى في مكة ثلاث سنين

After the ten years, he was taken up through the heavens and the five daily prayers were made obligatory upon him and he prayed in Makkah for three years.

[61] : Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzan’s Explanation :

His saying «After the ten years, he was taken up through the heavens» He sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam remained for ten years upon this – forbidding shirk and calling to tawheed, laying down this basis. Then, in the eleventh 12 months, he was taken by evening from Masjid al-Haraam (the Sacred Mosque) to Masjid al-Aqsaa (the farthest mosque, i.e. the mosque in Jerusalem).

He, the Most High, stated:

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى

«Perfect and Exalted is He who took His slave on a journey by evening from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest mosque.» [17:1]

Whilst he sallallaahu`alaihi wa sallam was sleeping in the home of Umm Haani, Jibreel `alaihissalaatu wassalaam got here to him and had with him an animal referred to as al-Buraaq, which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey. Its steps had been as far aside as the distance which it may see. So, he `alaihissalaatu wassalaam was triggered to experience upon it and he was taken to Jerusalem at evening.

(أسرى) is from (السرى) which suggests: ‘to travel by night.’ This was one thing particular to him sallallaahu`alaihi wa sallam and from the miracles given to him `alaihissalaatu wassalaam. So there, he met the prophets in Jerusalem, then he sallallaahu`alaihi wa sallam was taken up through the Heavens. Meaning: he was raised up from Jerusalem to the heavens in the firm of Jibreel – and the which means of

 (العروج)

‘to ascend.’

So, he was taken on an evening journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and he was taken up from Jerusalem to the heavens – which means: Jibreel `alaihissalaam took him up and he handed by the inhabitants of the heavens. At every stage, Jibreel requested that it ought to be opened for him till he got here to the seventh heaven.

To be Continued…

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Originally posted on March 17, 2022 @ 4:54 pm

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