THE CELESTIAL JOURNEY 1 of 3
There is no doubt that the Isra’ & Mi’raaj (the Prophet’s Night Journey & Ascent into heaven) are two great signs of Allaah which further confirm the truthfulness of His Messenger Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), and the greatness of his status before Allaah. They are also signs of the great power of Allaah, and of His exalted position above His creation. Allaah says :
“Glorified be He (Allaah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al‑Masjid Al‑Haraam (at Makkah) to Al‑Masjid Al‑Aqsa (in Jerusalem), the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad) of Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, etc.). Verily, He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Seer” (17:1).
Prophet Muhammad was shown the greatest Sign of His Lord. Quran 53:18,
Q17: 60. The truthfulness of the prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) about the Mi’raaj is further clearly confirmed by Allah as below
“And he certainly saw him in another descent, At the Lote-tree of the Utmost Boundary – Near it is the Garden of Refuge – When there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it] The sight [of the Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit]. He certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.” Q53:13-18. Any-one who claims to be a Muslim but disbelieves or doubts this amazing journey or thinks that it is not possible to ascend into the sky or heaven without a space shuttle has denied Allah, the Quran & his own existence. He/She needs to repent sincerely to Allah & re-affirm the shahaadah.
In fact, despite the unreliability of the Christian bible because it is largely man made but with a divine mix which has been severally doctored, revised, adulterated, contaminated; it is amazing that it contains some elements of truth of real divine revelation using the Qur’an as the yard stick of correctness. An example is the Isra Wal Meeraj. And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True (Al ameen, Muhammad); and in righteousness He judges and wages war. Revelation 19:11
So I looked and saw a white horse, and its rider had a bow. And he was given a crown, and rode out to conquer and defeat. Revelation 6:2. This refers to no other human being in the entire universe other than AL-AMEEN MUHAMMAD.
There are mutawaatir reports from the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) that he was taken up both in body & in soul into the layers of heavens, and their gates were opened for him, until he passed beyond the seventh heaven & he reached the place where the sound of the scratching of Pens, which record the Divine Decree, could be heard. He, reached Sidrat Al-Muntaha (i.e. lote-tree of the utmost boundary which no one else has ever reached except the Rasul (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) & which no one can pass beyond).
The scholars reconciled the different narrations regarding where the journey began as follows ; Ibn Hajar (rh), said, “To reconcile between these statements, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), was sleeping in the house of Umm Haani’ and her house was in the Sh’ib (valley) of Abi Taalib and the ceiling of his house was opened – the house here belongs to him because he used to dwell in it – and from it [the opening in the ceiling of the house] the angel descended and took him out from the house to the mosque and there he [Prophet] was lying down and sleepy. The report that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), passed by Madeenah and prayed there is unauthentic.
‘Anas ibn Maalik (ra) :Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) told them about the night of Al-‘Israa’ saying that while he was lying down at Al-Hijr beside the Ka’bah Jibreel (Gabriel) (alehimsalam) came to him and cut from the top of his chest down to the bottom of his belly and took out his heart. Jibreel brought a gold vessel filled with faith and washed the heart of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), and then filled it with wisdom and faith, and replaced it. Al-Buraaq, a white animal, smaller than a mule but larger than a donkey which could reach as far as it could see, was brought to the Prophet, and he mounted it. After arriving in masjid al Aqsa in Jerusalem, he tied al-buraaq to the same post all previous prophets did tie their animals, and I prayed 2 rakah in the masjid & I saw all previous prophets in salah behind me, he came out and was offered by Jibreel a cup of wine & a cup of milk. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), chose the milk, and it was said to him that he had chosen what represented the religion of Fitrah (natural disposition of man); meaning Islam, which is the religion of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), and his Nation.
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