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muslims all over the world celeberated (Al- Isra Wal- Mairaj)
with today,the 14th of October 2001, being declared a public
holiday on the occasion of the Prophet's (PBUH) Ascension
. It WAS the 10th year since Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) began his mission of preaching Islam.
already faced several difficult times, including the boycott
of the Muslims, the deaths of Abu Talib and Khadija (RA) and
the inhuman treatment at Taif. Al Asra, the night journey
and Al Mairaj, the ascension came at the exact time when the
holy Prophet needed it the most. It was a time when he felt
that all his efforts were going in vain, and nothing was going
in favour of his objective to spread Almighty Allah's message
on the night of 26th-27th of Rajab that, "Glory, be to Him
(Allah) who carried His servant by night from the Sacred Mosque
(Masjid Al Haram) to the Farthest Mosque (Masjid Al Aqsa),
the one whose precincts have been blessed so that We (Allah)
might show him some of Our signs - for He (Allah) is the one
who hears and sees (all things)" (17:1). 'Isra', the Quranic
word used as the title of the quoted verse, means to escort
or take someone on a journey by night. Angel Jibreel came
to the holy Prophet on that night and took him on the back
of a horselike animal, called Burraq, from Masjid Al Haram
in Makkah to Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, where he prayed
with the souls of all the Prophets of Allah. This part of
the journey is called Al Isra.
Angel Jibreel took him up to the heavens. Mairaj is a derivative
of the Arabic word Urooj, which means ascension. Since he
ascended to the heavens, his celestial journey is called Mairaj.
He travelled to the seven heavens, and then beyond that to
the nearest place possible close to Almighty Allah, as is
mentioned in the following verse of the Holy Quran: "When
covered the Sidara that which covers; (it) swerved not the
eye nor was overhold. In deed (besides that) he beheld; of
the Signs of his Lord, the Greatest" (53:16-18). The holy
Prophet took just one night to complete this journey of the
heavens, during which time, he was fully conscious and awake.
are some, among disbelievers, who are of the opinion that
Mairaj of the holy Prophet was a dream and not a live experience
in which his senses were alert. If it were to be taken for
a dream, then such dreams of necessity would be required to
be followed by interpretation, as in the case of other prophetic
dreams mentioned in the Holy Quran in Chapter 37:102 and Chapter
12:4-36, 41, 47-49. These verses make it clear that wherever
dreams have been mentioned in the Holy Quran, their interpretations
are also provided in it. Therefore it follows that the first
verse of Sura Bani Israel, referring to Mairaj of the holy
Prophet, is intended to be understood as having been a physical
trip, a journey that the holy Prophet undertook in all consciousness.
Abd (servant) in that verse is also significant because it
clearly means Allah's servant. A soul without the body does
not constitute as a servant of Allah, because a living being
must have both a body and soul. The purpose of the journey
has also been revealed in the Holy Quran. It was to show him
the mighty signs of Almighty Allah, as is clear from verses
16,17 and 18 of Chapter 53 of the Holy Book. The greatest
accomplishment of this holy journey was the commandment given
to all followers to establish prayers five times in a day.
Almighty Allah, out of His generosity, declared that whoever
would offer the prayers in true spirit and faith, seeking
Allah's pleasure, would be rewarded as if he/she had offered
fifty prayers in that one day.
last verses of Surah Al Baqra, which are a beautiful prayer,
were bestowed upon the holy Prophet during his trip. Thirdly,
remission of serious sins for the faithful who associate nothing
with Allah was also granted by Almighty Allah to the holy
Prophet and his Ummah. The holy Prophet was shown how the
whole universe is subject to one law, the will of Allah and
how every thing in it praises Allah and declares His glory.
The journey gave the holy Prophet a great deal of psychological
comfort and renewed his strength and determination to work
for the cause of Islam.