Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless - in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who hears and sees (all things) (Quran 17:1).
Following the year of sorrow, Prophet Muhammad was blessed with the experience of Isra (the Night Journey) and Miraj (the Ascension). A journey that has no parallel in human history, begins from the Kaba in the city of Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa in the city of Jerusalem, and concluding beyond the horizons of human comprehension in the heavens.
Prophetic acts are not simple miracles as we may understand today but they are clear Signs from the Majestic Creator. We are made to witness such Prophetic experiences as a trial and test of our faith in our absolute servitude to Allah and our unquestionable loyalty in the following of His Prophets. To believe in them and their mission is to believe in the All Encompassing Creator.
We testify that "we make no distinction between one and another of His Messengers" (Quran 2:285).
From Ibrahim to Muhammad and everyone in between, they are, but Allah's Messengers with a clear Message and a defined Mission to establish Divine Law, Supreme and Sovereign over all other man-made laws. And that is for the good of all humanity.
Among many other lessons that the event of Isra and Miraj offers, some are the gift of daily prayers, the transfer of leadership from the Children of Israel to the Children of Ismail, and the Centrality of Jerusalem in the history of Islam. Prophet Muhammad received the command for 5 daily prayers on this blessed night. This daily ritual is an expression of epitomic proportions challenging the earthly beings to unquestionably submit and surrender oneself to the One and Only Creator.
In his ascension beyond the domain of earthly space and time, he met Abraham (Ibrahim), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Isa) and others (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them) and led them in prayers at al-Aqsa and then in the heavens. The concept of per chance does not fit the workings of the Creator. Everything He does is for a purpose.
Prophet's revisit to Jerusalem since the changing of the Qibla is for no other purpose but to re-emphasize the centrality of Jerusalem, as the first and eternal Capital of Islam. Each year, we relive the memory of Isra (Night Journey) and Miraj (Ascension) - from Makkah to Jerusalem and then to the heights of heavens.
Fourteen centuries has helped more than one billion people recognize and accept the Truth and accept the Prophetic leadership and his contributions to the humanity. Since past few decades, there seems to be confusion on the Centrality of Jerusalem. This must be cleared. Muslims must remember their responsibilities. Establishing peace and justice for the people therein is imperative. There are myriad tools available today for this pursuit. Chief among them is "will".
The biggest impact that the medium of Internet has had in today's modern world is the elimination of distance. Muslims must adapt to such modern tools of today with great speed. This medium must be harnessed to educate and to recognize the differences between myths and realities.
what we fail to understand today may be evident tomorrow with the improvement of our knowledge of
the quran but a little doubt in our heart about the quranic verses may land us in total loss on the day of judgement.science would evolve theories in total acceptance, but acceptace,after the opportunity of forgiveness is
with drtawn by allah would bear no fruits except missed chance to grab a place amongst the faith fulls of allah quran and prophet hazrat muhammad mustafa sal-lal-lho aleh wasal-lam so we should be vigilant.
with regards to Ascension to heavens and the night of Isra, there is a general belief amongst scientists and others that Prophet Mohammed could not have done that due to restrictions imposed by Special Theory of Relativity as the Universe is huge and Prophet was supposed to go the extreme of Universe. So it was some kind of "imaginary" journey.
Let me tell you one thing, there is a concept called "Worm Hole", one must have heard about the Black Hole. A Worm Hole is a gateway, a sort of door through which you can jump from one instace of space-time to another instance of space-time without feeling the stresses, strains, limitation of Special theory of relativity rules being applied.
Worm Holes are are theoretical in concept, similar to Black Holes which have still not been observed but in theory they exist.
So whatever Quran says, it means what it says!
Allah be praised.
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Can you also funish me with the history and truth about Jerusalem. As we are made to believe that it belongs to the Jews.
May Allah(SWT)bless whoever took the time to write the beautiful article about Isra wal Micraaj. Much thanks to all of IslamiCity's staff and May Allah bless all Muslims in the world and ease their suffering.
Alhamdulillah, your newsletter is very informative and you tailor it to the current situation as needed. Keep up the good work. May Allah ta'ala reward you plenty, ameen.
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I hope u are wel!JazakAllahkher for the very informative news letter and I do hope they will continue to come inshAllah!I was wondering if you give us readers some information on whether there is something speacial we can do e.g. a particular prayer the the prophet(peace be upon him) did or to fast the next day! Please forgive me if i have written anything wrong or offensive!JazakAllahKher for taking the time to read this!