Shab e Miraj (Waqia Miraj) in the Light of Surah Al Isra-27th of Rajab

Isra and Miraj are the two phases of a single night’s journey. It was the year of 621 when by the grace of Almighty Allah, Prophet SAW traveled to Masjid al Aqsa in Jerusalem(Al-Quds) and then to Miraj. It is written in Islamic Scriptures that the horse on which prophet SAW traveled was winged White horse. The name of the horse was Burak. In today’s discussion, we will discuss briefly the Miracle of Miraj in the light of Islamic scriptures, for the more detailed study you may visit our other blog posts related to this very topic, Significance of Shab e Miraj and Miracle of Isra Night as well. Let us now briefly discuss our current topic.

Al – Quran On Miraj

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ

“Holy is He Who carried His servant by night from the Holy Mosque (in Makka) to the farther Mosque (in Jerusalem) – whose surroundings We have blessed – that We might show him some of Our signs. Indeed He alone is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.” (Quran 17:1) 

This Surah was uncovered in the event of Mi’raj (Ascension). As per the Traditions and books on the life of the Holy Prophet, this occasion happened one year before Hijrah. Hence, this Surah is one of those which were uncovered in the last phase of Prophethood at Makkah.

Hadith e Rasool SAW On Miraj

Aisha reported: “After the Prophet (PBUH) was miraculously taken by night to the furthest mosque in Jerusalem, he awoke and told the people about it. Some of them renounced their faith and belief in him. They sought Abu Bakr and they said, “Have you heard that your friend imagined he was taken by night to the sacred house?” Abu Bakr said, “Did he say that?” They said yes. Abu Bakr said, “If he said it, he has spoken the truth.” They said, “Do you believe he went by night to the sacred house and returned before morning?” Abu Bakr said, “Yes. Verily, I believe what is even more astonishing than that. I believe he has received messages from heaven for everything he does.” For this reason, Abu Bakr was named the Truthful, al-Siddiq.” Source: Dalā’il al-Nubuwwah 680. Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

The Miraj- A Brief Overview

There are various records of what happened during the Miʿraj, however, most accounts have similar components: Muhammad rose into paradise with the blessed messenger Gabriel and met a various prophets at every one of the seven degrees of paradise; first Adam, John the Baptist and Jesus, Joseph, at that point Idris, at that point Aaron, Moses, and finally Abraham

After Muhammad (PBUH) meets with Abraham, he proceeds to meet Allah without Gabriel. Allah SWT discloses to Muhammad SAW that his followers must offer Namaz for 50 times each day, however as Muhammad came back to Earth, he meets Moses who advises Muhammad to return to God and request fewer prayers since 50 is too much. Muhammad SAW goes between Moses and God multiple times until the prayers are decreased to the five every day supplications, which God will remunerate tenfold. That once more, Moses advised Muhammad to request significantly lesser however Muhammad felt embarrassed and said that even with lesser prayer times, his devotees probably won’t perform determinedly and said he is grateful for the five.

Al-Tabari is an authentic source for Islamic research. His depiction of the Miʿraj is similarly simple as the portrayal given above, which is the place different stories and hadiths of the Miʿraj originate from. While this is the least difficult depiction of the Miʿraj, others incorporate more insights regarding the prophets that Muhammad meets. 

Depictions of different Prophets According to Islamic Scriptures 

In accounts composed by Muslim, Bukhari, Ibn Ishaq, Ahmad bin Hanbal, and others, physical portrayals of the prophets are given. 

Adam is depicted first similar to Muhammad’s father, which builds up a connection between them as the first and last prophets. Physical portrayals of Adam show him as tall and attractive with long hair. 

Idris, who isn’t referenced as much as different prophets Muhammad meets, is portrayed as somebody who was raised to a higher status by God. 

Joseph is depicted as the most delightful man who resembles the moon. His essence in the Miʿraj is to show his ubiquity and how it identifies with Muhammad’s. 

Aaron is portrayed as Muhammad’s sibling who is more established and one of the most wonderful men that Muhammad had met. Once more, the affection for Aaron by his kin identifies with Muhammad and his kin.

 Abraham is portrayed with similarity to Muhammad in manners that delineate him to be Muhammad’s dad. 

Jesus is typically connected to John the Baptist, who isn’t referenced a lot. The physical depictions of Jesus change, however, he is said to be tall with long hair and either red or white skin. 

Moses is not the same as different prophets that Muhammad SAW meets in that Moses remains as a state of distinction as opposed to similarities.

A few accounts additionally record occasions that went before the grand rising. A few researchers accept that the opening of Muhammad’s SAW chest was a purging custom that refined Muhammad before he rose into paradise. Muhammad’s chest was opened up and water of Zamzam was poured on his heart giving him astuteness, conviction, and other important attributes to help him in his rising. This cleaning is additionally found in the preliminary of the beverages. It is discussed when it occurred—previously or after the climb—yet whichever way it assumes a significant job in deciding Muhammad’s SAW profound righteousness.

In our current times, scientists are constantly thinking on how to approach Mars and the moon? The modern world is in the search of the truth, and there are discussions going on for the subjects of physical existence, the origin of mankind and what will happen in the life hereafter and also the discussions on whether humanity will return back to its the original state or not?

With the “Waqia of Miraj” Allah SWT answered hundreds of the queries arose deep inside the human minds, Allah SWT traveled his prophet SAW through the heavens without any means. The Miracle of Miraj and all other miracles, including the Quran, the true light, bestowed upon prophet SAW are the signs to ponder over. These are the things that are left open for the believers and also for the disbelievers to think and to explore the truth. So Quran goes on saying, 

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا

Will they not, then, ponder over this Quran? – or are there locks upon their hearts?

May Allah SWT help humanity to understand His divine message. And may He show us the right path. Aameen!