Isra and Mi’raj, also known as Al Isra’ wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammed SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.
There are so many things we can learn from meraj of sallallahu alaihi wa sallam the sacred journey into the heaven passed sidratul muntaha and than see Allah azalawajal with his own eyes so much happened in that night from makkah to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to sidratul muntaha and from sidratul muntaha to la makah(no place) there is so much that happened in between that .
Why meraj I.e. This sacred journey took place ??
Many scholar had written in their book that it took place because the prophet Mohammed SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM was going through very difficult time his wife sayyeda Khatijatul Kubra (raziallahu anha) passed away and as well as his uncle Abu talib passed away and the Muslims at that time was also few in number and they were being prosecuted by the kuffars so to cheer up prophet Muhammed SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM this sacred journey was arranged by Allah rabbulizzat. This journey was to show the secrets of heaven that was never ever shown to any of the prophets.
Mohammed mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM was resting in the house of Sayyedina Umme Haani raziallahu anha. This house is now part of masjid-ul-haram. Allah sended Jibreel Alaihi salaam with instructions to give respect Prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM I.e to wake up aap SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM by kissing on his feet and not by knocking door or calling his name. (Subhanallah) Jibreel Alaihi salaam the leader of all the angels has so much respect for prophet Mohammed mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM. AAP SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM woke up and asked to Jibreel Alaihi salaam that why are you here so he said that tonight Allah is going to give you so much blessings and mercy that no prophets had received before in that way.
The transport for meraj was Buraakh. Buraakh is an animal between a horse and a donkey. Buraakh is in Jannat there were many and from them one buraakh was selected and brought by jibreel alaihi salaam.No one know how much light years of speed need to go from earth to first heaven and in a book it is said that Buraakh can travel 50000 years in just one step.
In surah bani israil mentioned three stages of meraj:
1st stage was from masjid-ul-haram to masjid-ul-aqsa
Around masjid-ul-aqsa there was a crowd of all prophets and than jibreel Alaihi salaam gave AZAAN and looked at prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM and said no one else will move forward except you today. You are the imam-ul-ambiya the leader of all prophets walk forward and lead the namaz. While Aap SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM was in his journey he saw a place from where he looked down and saw the grave of prophet Moosa Alaihi salaam was offering namaz in his grave and was also present in masjid-ul-aqsa.
The second stage was from Jerusalem to Sidratul muntaha. Sidratul muntaha is the boundary place where jibreel alaihi salaam live. Sidratul muntaha is a tree where jibreel alaihi salaam stays and jibreel alaihi salaam cannot cross that boundary. Jibreel Alaihi salaam said that if he crosses that boundary he will be vanished his wings will be burned. No one has been given this ability and power to cross this boundary except prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM.
The third stage was from Sidratul muntaha to La Makkah (no place) this was not any place so it was named as La Makkah I.e. no place. When he reached La Makkah the time stopped so there were no space and no time that is where prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM met Allah and Allah gave him the gift I.e namaz 50 times a day
There is a debate that did prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM went by soul or body or in a dream. Mufassir of quran sayyedina ibn-e-abbas Raziallahu Anha including Abu Huraira Raziallahu anha all had mentioned that huzoor SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM went with his body and soul at meraj. Allah took him on this journey so he protected him with all the atmosphere as Allah has created the atmosphere he can control it.
Huzoor SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM said that I saw the guardian angel of the fire of hell and I also saw dajjal as well as he met with all the prophets from first heaven to 7th heaven I.met Adam Alaihisalam in first heaven and hazrat Haroon Alaihisalam on the second Ibrahim Alaihisalam and so on on 7th moosa Alaihisalam. As Aap SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM was returning while taking 50 times namaz moosa alaihi salaam stopped and sent him back by telling him that I tested my ummat they won’t be able to do it so this way 9 times Prophet Muhammed Must up a SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM went back to reduce namaz to 5 times. Every one says that why prophet Moosa Alaihi salaam stopped rasool SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM every time the answer is so that he can see Allah’s vision in the eyes of prophet Muhammed Mustufa SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM.
BY SHADAB SHAIKH
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