*THE MIRACULOUS NIGHT JOURNEY OF THE PROPHET (salallahu alayhi wasallam)*
*Al – Isra wal Mi’raj*
“Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant (RasulAllah) for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque (Kaaba, Makkah) to the farthest Mosque (Masjidul Aqsa, Jeeusalem), whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).” [Quraan 17:1]
It was within the Year of Sadness or ‘Aam al Huzn
when circumstances for our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam had reached determined proportions – the yr when his beloved spouse Khatija (radhiallahu anha) & his uncle Abu Talib who had supported him handed away, and RasulAllah was stoned, abused and pushed out by the individuals of Taif – that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala despatched Angel Jibril alayhis salaam to take Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam on probably the most superb journey ever skilled by any individual on earth.
The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam was taken from Makkah one night time when Angel Jibril alayhis salaam appeared with The Burraq, a beast described as being between a mule and a donkey. Its pace was such that its hooves would contact the place its eyes gazed. The a part of journey generally known as Isra or the night time journey came about between Mecca and Jerusalem.
Burraq carried the Prophet salallahu Alayhi wasallam on its again and transported him to Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, a journey that, in these days, took weeks overland.
Here, on the third holiest web site in Islam, the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam led all of the Prophets alayhum salaam in prayer.
When later questioned about it, the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam was in a position to recount the small print of this journey, the locations, buildings, and even the caravan that was on its means again from Jerusalem with excellent accuracy; this not solely verified his claims and discredited the Quraysh mockery, but in addition strengthened Muslims of their religion.
From Masjid Al-Aqsa, our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam went onto the second a part of his journey generally known as Mi’raj or ascension to the heavens.
Accompanied by Jibril alayhis salaam, The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam ascended from heaven to heaven and was launched to some earlier prophets of Allah together with Adam, the daddy of all mankind; Isa and his cousin Yahya, Yusuf, Idris, Harun and Musa – alayhum salaam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them).
In the seventh heaven, our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam noticed ‘Al-Baytil-Ma’mur’, a constructing that’s similar to the Holy Ka’abah in Makkah. Al-Baytil-Ma’mur is located within the heavens over the earthly Ka’abah. Each day, a steady batch of 70,000 totally different angels enter it to worship Allah, a observe that may final until the top of time. There, Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam met and exchanged greetings together with his father-in-prophethood and the good friend of Allah, Ibrahim alayhis salaam who by the way was the Prophet who constructed the Holy Ka’abah on earth.
At Al-Baytil-Ma’mur, (and on another stories, whereas they have been nonetheless in Masjid Al-Aqsa) the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam was provided a cup of wine and a cup of milk and was requested to decide on between the 2. He selected milk and at this Jibril alayhis salaam remarked that Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam had chosen fitra, nature, over the unreal and thus he and his followers will probably be on the pure faith of Islam.
RasulAllah salallahu alayhi wasallam witnessed the glories of Paradise, which is promised to the followers of fact. He was additionally proven hellfire and the horrific tortures, which await those that perpetrate corruption and sins on earth. He associated to us the punishments particular to some crimes similar to backbiting, adultery, usurping the cash of orphans and consuming riba; issues that many generally bask in and should be warned towards in strictest phrases.
Finally, the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam ascended to ‘Sidrat ul Muntaha’ the boundary past which nobody, not even Jibril alayhum salaam may cross. At this level, Jibraeel alayhis salaam parted from the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam and RasulAllah salallahu alayhi wasallam went on alone to face his Lord, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
During his assembly with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, the Ummah of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam was given items of mercy beforehand unknown to any nation.
Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam acquired two items for his ummah – Salaah and forgiveness.
*The Gift of Salaah (Prayer)*
Prior to Isra and Mi’raj, the traits of salaah have been totally different from what Muslims observe immediately. The present format of salaah was revealed to our Beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam throughout his assembly with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala – if we give it some thought, it’s a reward immediately from Allah Ta’ala to all of us!
Originally it was prescribed to be noticed fifty instances a day for Muslims. On his return from Sidrat ul Muntaha, Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam handed by Musa alayhis salaam who persuaded RasulAllah that his followers wouldn’t be able to fulfilling this activity and that RasulAllah ought to move again and ask Allah for a discount within the variety of salaah.
Our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam
returned to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala a couple of instances and every time it was diminished by ten in quantity till Allah prescribed 5 prayers in a day and equalled them in reward to fifty.
Thus, the second pillar of Islam was established within the heavens, the Salaah, probably the most structured, blessed and intimate means of worshipping and speaking immediately with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, which not one of the earlier nations have been blessed with.
Do we see our Salaat as a Gift??
We ought to take inventory of our Salaah – the reward of Me’raj. Firstly, am I performing my 5 Salaah each day? Do I begin my day with Fajr Salaat? Do I bear in mind the impassioned plea of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) as he parted from this world with regard to upholding the obligation of Salaah?
During Isra and Mi’raj, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala promised that He will forgive the sins of true believers. As lengthy as a believer doesn’t affiliate something with Allah, he’s promised forgiveness from his Lord. Again, this was a message of encouragement, inspiration and hope.
Compared to the nations of the earlier Prophets and Messengers, the ummah of Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam has been showered with extra mercy and compassion than another. Allah Ta’ala has lightened the burden on us, and multiplied the rewards of our deeds. No different nation has loved this extent of forgiveness and forbearance from Allah. The mercy of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala on the ummah of Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam is defined beneath within the means of recording of our deeds:
The Messenger of Allah stated that Allah the Glorious stated:
“Verily, Allah Ta’ala has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then he explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, then Allah the exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Is this not proof of Allah’s boundless generosity to us, and enough encouragement for us to stay robust within the path of Allah?
The extraordinary Journey of Al Isra wal Miraj was definitely an honor given to our Beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. How lucky we’re to be from his Ummah. Alhamdulillah.