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Monday, July 5, 2010

Isra And Miraj -- Miraculous Journey of Prophet Muhammad (s)

Al- Isra and Al- Miraj (The night journey and Ascension) is the most miraculous incident in the life of Prophet Muhammad (s) which remains to be unparalleled in the history. In a time when technology was not known and space journey is non-imaginative, Prophet Muhammad (s) travelled from Makkah to Al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem) and from there to spaces, galaxies, seven skies and far beyond the reach of so called modern technologies, within a very short period of a night. Prophet Muhammad (s) experienced both physical and spiritual journey in which he met many prophets of olden ages like Eesa (Jesus) and Moosa (Moses) and He stood imam for prayer in Al-aqsa Mosque.

The Muslim world celebrates Rajab 27 and fall in worships of zikr and fasting with due respects and remembrance of this miraculous journey. This journey was very decisive stage in the history of Prophet Muhammad (s) as it caused many people to embrace Islam.

Prophet’s companion like Abu-Bakr Siddique (r) became most truthful believer after this incident as even while disbelievers started mocking at Muslims saying about the journey, Abu- Bakr (r) and other companions, with no further seeks, extremely believed and it helped them increase their Ee-man (belief) in Islam.

On Mi-raj night, the messenger of Allah has traveled from the sacred mosque in Makkah to the sacred mosque Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem on a special creature (a vehicle) called Al-Buraq. In this sacred journey, Jibreel (Gabriel) was accompanying Prophet Muhammad (s). On the way, near to Zam Zam well in Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (s) was subjected to a surgery that was to enlighten His hearts so as to prepare him to meet Allah. Prophet Muhammad (s) was subjected for four sacred surgeries in his life, none of them was to cure any disease or for purifying him from any sins, but instead, all these surgeries were done to enlighten His hearts for revelation. Prophet Muhammad (s) was extremely infallible and Allah has purified him from doing any sins. (islamxplored will shortly post articles regarding Prophet’s surgeries and his infallibility).

Holy Quran says:

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ

“Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allâh) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave (Muhammad SAW) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (at Makkah) to the farthest mosque (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad SAW) of Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc) Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” (17:1)

The Isra and Miraj Journey was to Jerusalem

Very recently, I came across an article published in Jewishpost saying that Prophet Muhammad’s Isra and Miraj journey was to Makkah only and not to Jerusalem. Off course, Jews and Zionists would attempt their maximum to argue that Jerusalem is not significant to Islam. Holy Quran, Hadith, Islamic histories and Scholars sayings and everything that are significant to Islam proved that Prophet’s journey was to sacred mosque in Jerusalem. But, the new argument appeared on the Jewsihpost sounds as fun as a wrong attempt.

It is very clear from the above Holy Quran verse that Prophet Muhammad (s) was carried from Makkah to Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. Based on this verse, all Quran commentators have clearly pointed out, with due referencing on Hadiths, that Prophet’s journey was to Masjidul Aqsa that situates in Jerusalem and also because Holy Quran itself denotes this with the verse “the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed”. All commentators describe that, Masjidual Aqas’s surroundings have been blessed by Almighty Allah with presents of many prophets who paved the ways to true religion. This Holy Quran verse also proves that Holy Prophets who had died are very significant to Islam as they are sacred and the places their tombs situate are also blessed.
By: islamxplored.com

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