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Great miracle of Beloved Prophet
It was the 12th year of the Prophethood when the Greatest and Holiest Prophet was 51 years old, Allah bestowed the great gift of Miraj upon the Beloved Prophet and made him visit not only from Masjid-ul-Haraam to Masjid-ul-Aqsa but all the seven skies in one part of the night. In addition, Allah enabled our Beloved Prophet to behold His own spiritual manifestation and luminosity and also blessed with His divine sight and conversation.
This blessed Miraj event occurred on the 27th of Rajab-ul-Murajjab. As a great saint of Allah ‘Allamah Maulana Makhdoom Muhammad Hashim Thathwi has stated: As per the authentic saying, Allah made the Prophet of Rahmah visit in the 12th year of Prophethood i.e. before one year of migration on Saturday or Monday night and according to a famous narration, on the 27th Rajab-al-Murajjab during the night Allah bestowed the Beloved and Blessed Prophet with Miraj (sacred visit).
Opening of the blessed chest
At Miraj night, Sayyiduna Jibraeel opened the blessed chest of the Beloved Prophet. The Revered and Renowned Prophet’s blessed heart was taken out and washed by putting in a gold tray filled with sacred Zam-zam. Then (as per the glory of our Beloved and Blessed Prophet) further wisdom, faith and the luminosity of Prophethood were filled in it and then it was put back in the blessed chest and was sewn with a needle.
Islamic scholars have said that opening of blessed chest occurred four times in the sacred life of the Beloved Prophet the opening of the blessed chest that occurred on the night of Miraj was the fourth one. The first time, it occurred at the time of our Beloved Prophet’s birth, the second time when the Noble Prophet was 10 years old and third time on the occasion of divine revelation in cave Hira.
(Seerah Sayyid-ul-Anbiya, pp. 127)
Ride of Miraaj bridegroom
Sayyiduna Anas Bin Maalik has narrated that the Beloved Prophet said: Buraaq (whose name is Jaarood) a tall and the white quadruped bigger than the donkey but smaller than the mule was brought to me. It would step as far as it could see. I mounted it and reached Bayt-al-Muqaddas and the place where the Prophets would tether their animals I tethered it. Then I entered Masjid-ul-Aqsa and offered two Rakaat Salah.
(Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Imaan, pp. 97, Hadis 259)
Shab-e-Meraj Ke Mojazat k Waqiat in Urdu
Led Prophets’ Salah
The Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, the most Generous and Kind was the Imam of all the Prophets in this Salah as all the Prophets, to the greater glory of the Beloved Prophet, were gathered in Bayt-ulMuqaddas. When the Holy Prophet came here so all the Prophets welcomed him. At the time of Salah, everyone requested the Revered and Renowned Prophet to lead the Salah. Sayyiduna Jibraeel then held the blessed hand of the Beloved Prophet and requested to move forward and then the Beloved Prophet did the Imaamat of all the Prophets.
(Al-Mu’jam-al-Awsat lit-Tabarani, vol. 3, pp. 65, Hadis 3879)
Sayyiduna ‘Allamah Buseeri has stated:
i.e. in Bayt-al-Muqaddas, all the Prophets and Rusul requested the Beloved Prophet to be in front of them as master is in front of his servants. (Qasida-Tul-Burdah, pp. 240)
SubhanAllah ! What a great Salah as all the Prophets and Rusul were Muqtadi and our Beloved Prophet was Imam and the first Qiblah was the place of Salah. Certainly, no such Salah had ever been offered in the whole universe before; the sky had never seen such a beautiful scene. Anyway, the blessed mystery of our Beloved Prophet of being the first and last was also resolved; this secret has also been discovered and the meaning has become clear like daylight. As today, the Greatest and Holiest Prophet who is also the last Rasool is leading the Salah of the previous Prophets and Rusul.
Talking about the same secret, Ala Hadrat, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadri Brelvi has stated:
(Khazain-ul-‘Irfan, part 22, Surah Saba, Taht-al-Ayah 13)
Weeping due to being worried for offspring
The Beloved Prophet saw some people on the right and left of Sayyiduna Aadam. When he would look his right side he would smile and would start weeping when he would look his left side. Sayyiduna Jibreel humbly said: The faces on the right and left of Sayyiduna Aadam are his offspring; offspring on the right side are dwelling in Heaven and left in Hell.
(Sahih Bukhari, Kitab-us-Salat, pp. 161, Hadis 349)
The Beloved Prophet further said: I was then taken to the second sky; Jibraeel-e-Ameen knocked at the portal. It was asked: Who are you? He replied: Jibraeel. It was asked: Who is with you? He replied: He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was asked: Has he been called? He replied: Yes, he has been called. The Beloved Prophet said: Then the portal was opened for us and I met two cousins—Sayyiduna ‘Isa Bin Maryam and Sayyiduna Yahya Bin Zakariyyah. They both welcomed me and made Du’a for me. I was then taken to the third sky. Jibraeel knocked at the portal. It was asked: Who are you? He replied: I am Jibraeel. It was then asked: Who is with you? He replied: He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was asked: Has he been called? He replied: Yes, he has been called. The Beloved Prophet said: Then the portal was opened for us and over there I met Sayyiduna Yousuf who was blessed with half of the beauty. He welcomed me and made Du’a for me.
I was then taken to the fourth sky; Jibraeel knocked at the portal of the sky. It was asked: Who are you? Jibraeel replied: I am Jibraeel. He was asked: Who is with you? He replied: He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was then asked: Has he been called? He replied: Yes, he has been called. The Beloved Prophet said: The portal then was opened for us and I met Sayyiduna Idrees and he welcomed me and made Du’a for me. Allah said about Sayyiduna Idress ‘We have given him a high status.’
I was then taken towards the fifth sky; Jibraeel knocked at the portal. It was asked: Who are you? He replied: I am Jibraeel. It was asked: Who is with you? Jibraeel said: He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was asked: Has he been called? Jibraeel replied: Yes, he has been called. The Beloved Prophet said: The portal of the sky was then opened for us and I met Sayyiduna Haroon; he welcomed me and made Du’a for me.
I was then taken to the sixth sky; Jibraeel knocked at the portal. It was asked: Who is there? He replied: I am Jibraeel. It was then asked: Who is with you? He replied, ‘He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was asked: Has he been called? He replied: Yes, he has been called. The Beloved Prophet said that the portal was opened for us and I met Sayyiduna Musa. He welcomed me and made Du’a for me.
Then I was taken to the seventh sky; Jibraeel knocked at the portal. It was asked: Who is there? He replied: I am Jibraeel. It was asked: Who is with you? He replied: He is Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). It was asked: Has he been called? He replied: Yes, he been called? He replied: Yes, he has been called. Then the portal was opened for us and I met Sayyiduna Ibraheem who was leaning against Bayt-ul-Ma’moor. Everyday 70 thousand angels visit this Bayt-ul-Ma’moor and the angel that visits once does not get the opportunity to visit it again.
(Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Imaan, pp. 97, Hadis 259)
Sayyiduna Jibraeel humbly said (about Sayyiduna Ibraheem to the Beloved Prophet): He is your father; please say Salaam to him. The Beloved Prophet said Salaam and he replied to his Salaam. Then welcoming the Beloved Prophet he stated:
Having met Sayyiduna Ibraheem, the Beloved Prophet reached near Sidra-Tul-Muntaha which is a luminous jujube tree; its root is in the sixth sky and branches on the seventh sky; its leaves resemble the ears of the elephant and fruits are shaped like a large earthen pot of Maqam-e-Hijr. Sayyiduna Jibraeel humbly said: It is Sidra-Tul-Muntaha. The Beloved Prophet saw four streams here which were coming out of the root of Sidra-Tul-Muntaha; two streams were visible and two were hidden. The Beloved Prophet asked Sayyiduna Jibraeel O Jibraeel! What type of streams are these? Sayyiduna Jibraeel humbly said: Hidden streams are from Paradise and the visible streams are the Nile and Furaat.
(Sahih Bukhari, pp. 976, Hadis 3887)
As the Beloved Prophet moved forward from Sidra-tulMuntaha, Sayyiduna Jibraeel remained at the same place and humbly refused to go further.
(Al-Muwahib-al-Laduniyyah, vol. 2, pp. 381)
Shaykh ‘Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dihlvi has said that it has been
stated in some narrations that the Beloved Prophet said to
Sayyiduna Jibraeel: If you need something, you can humbly say
it to me, I will mention it to Allah. Sayyiduna Jibraeel humbly said: Please mention this wish of mine to Allah that He widens my arms, on the Judgment Day, more so that I can make your Ummah
cross Siraat bridge through my arms. (Madarij-un-Nubuwwah, vol. 1, pp. 164)
Above even Arsh-e-Ula
The Greatest and Holiest Prophet moved ahead from Mustawa and reached ‘Arsh; he went even further upwards and then reached a place where words like ‘where’ and ‘when’ became useless as these words are used for places and times; the place our Beloved Prophet honoured by his presence had neither any place nor time, hence it is called Laa-Makaan.
Explanation of the couplet: At Mi’raaj night, where did the Beloved Prophet go? When did he go? How did he go and to which place did he go? Who can answer these questions, because the place where the Revered and Renowned Prophet reached at Miraaj night had no conception of ‘when’ and ‘where’, no sign of ‘how’ and ‘where’, no one was with him, nor was there any clue to any destination. All these things are related to the place which was something totally different. Dear Islamic brothers! Here Allah bestowed that closeness upon the Beloved Prophet which no one had ever had nor will have. Allah has stated in part 27, Surah An-Najm, verse 8, 9 and 10:
Translation from Kanz-ul-Imaan: Then the Spectacle became closer, and came down in full view. So the distance between the Spectacle and the beloved was only two arms’ length, or even less. So Allah divinely revealed to His bondman, whatever He divinely revealed.
It is stated in Surah An-Najm:
Translation from Kanz-ul-Imaan: The sight did not shift, nor did it cross the limits.
(Part 27, Surah An-Najm, verse 17)
Sayyiduna Imam Ja’far Saadiq has stated that Allah sent divine revelation to his bondsman and this divine revelation was without any source as there was no source between Allah and His Beloved. These are the mysteries between Allah and his Rasool which no one knows except them.
(Khazain-ul-‘Irfan, part 27, Surah An-Najm, verse 10)
Besides these secrets, Allah said to his Beloved Prophet what is that need which Jibraeel-e-Ameen humbly said to you? The Beloved
Prophet humbly said: O Allah You know it better. Allah said: O Beloved! I have fulfilled his need but for those people, who love
you, befriend you and have your blessed company. (Madarij-un-Nubuwwah, vol. 1,
The Greatest and Holiest Prophet said that Allah made 50 Salah Fard (obligatory) for me in one day and night. When I reached Sayyiduna Musa he said: What has your Rab made Fard (obligatory) for your Ummah? I said: 50 Salah made Fard (obligatory) for every day and night. Sayyiduna Musa said: Go to your Rab and request Him to decrease them, because your Ummah will not be able to offer 50 Salahs as I have already tested Bani Israel. The Beloved Prophet said: I returned to my Rab and humbly said: O my Rab ! Decrease the number of Salah for my Ummah. Allah decreased five Salahs. I reached (Sayyiduna) Musa and informed him that Allah had decreased five Salah. Sayyiduna Musa said that your Ummah even will not be able to offer these Salahs; go to Allah and request Him to decrease further.
The Beloved Prophet said: I kept on coming to (Sayyiduna) Musa and going to the divine court of Allah until only five Salahs were left (i.e. every time Allah decreased some number of
Salahs, despite this (Sayyiduna) Musa kept on sending me to the divine court of Allah to get Salah decreased further. Allah said: O Muhammad ! These are five Salahs for a day and night and every Salah will have 10 times more reward, (therefore as per reward) these five Salahs are equal to fifty Salahs. (Further favour of Allah is that), the one who intends to perform good deed and is unable to do it, so for him (just for his good intention) one virtue will be recorded and if he performs that good deed, so ten virtues will be recorded for him and if someone intends to commit bad deed and does not commit that bad deed, so no sin will be written in his record of deeds (for the crime of bad intention). However, if he perpetrates that bad deed, then one sin will be recorded.
The Prophet of Rahmah then said: I then reached (Sayyiduna) Musa and informed him about these commands. He stated the same thing this time as well i.e. go to your Rab and request Him to decrease further. The Noble Prophet said: I asked (Sayyiduna) Musa I have been to my Rab (for getting the number of Salah decreased) so many times that now I feel shy (to go for this).
(Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Imaan, pp. 97, Hadis 259)
Discussing the beginning of Miraj journey of His Beloved and Blessed Prophet, in part 25 of the Holy Quran, first verse of Surah Bani Israel, Allah has stated:
Ala Hazrat Ahmad Raza Khan Qadri has narrated with reference to Sharah Hamziyah in Fatawa Razawiyyah: The wealth of conversation was bestowed upon Sayyiduna Musa, our Beloved Prophet was blessed with the same, Asra night, in addition, our Beloved Prophet was also blessed with excessive closeness of Allah and the sight of Allah through naked eyes. How can we compare Koh-e Toor, on which Sayyiduna Musa implored to Allah with Maafauq-ul-‘Arsh (above ‘Arsh) where Allah held a conversation with our Beloved Prophet !
He further said about the same book that the Beloved Prophet physically in the state of wakefulness visited the skies, then Sidra-Tul-Muntaha, Maqam-e-Mustawa, then ‘Arsh and Rafraf and then the divine sight of Allah (at Mi’raaj night).
(Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, pp. 646)
However, the blessed part of the verse in which Mi’raaj has been discussed is itself an extremely wonderful miracle as there was a considerable distance between Masjid-ul-Haraam and Masjid-ul-Aqsa, therefore, for a commoner to go to Masjid-ul-Aqsa overnight and then return during the same night is something totally unconvincing, even it was not possible to travel the distance of one side in one night.
‘Allamah Isma’eel Haqqi has said: [Journey] To Aqsa has been
mentioned because there was no other Masjid so far away as Masjid-ul-Aqsa;
it was Masjid-ul-Aqsa that was the farthest Masjid among all other Masajid;
there was a distance of more than a month between Masjid-ul-Haraam and
Masjid-ul-Aqsa. (Ruh-ul-Bayan, part 15 Surah Bani Israel, Taht-al-Ayah 1, vol. 5, pp. 114)
Siddeeq according to Jibraeel-e-Ameen
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah has narrated when the Greatest and Holiest Prophet said to Sayyiduna Jibraeel at Miraj night:
The same thing in the morning of Mi’raaj night happened when our Beloved Prophet standing near Hateem-e-Kaaba mentioned this wonderful Mi’raaj night to the people, so the faith of true Muslims became stronger but hypocrites and polytheists were deeply shocked as to how such a long journey was made only during one night.
One who testifies without seeing
Polytheists ran and reached Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq and started saying:
Some hypocrites started raising different types of questions in order to reject this great miracle, for example:
It is stated in a blessed Hadis that the Noble Prophet said: Quraysh were asking questions about my Miraaj Journey. they asked me questions about those things of Bayt-al-Muqaddas, which (due to being unnecessary) I did not remember. I was, due to this, so much sad that I had never been so much sad before. so Allah raised Bayt-al-Muqaddas for me and I started looking at it, therefore, I kept telling them about what Quraysh was asking me.
(Sahih Muslim, Kitab-ul-Imaan, pp. 106, Hadis 278)
About the questions of polytheists of Makkah, Hakeem-ul-Ummat Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan has stated that those questions were useless.
For example, how many pillars and steps are there of Bayt-al-Muqaddas? Where is the pulpit? It is quite obvious that such things cannot be memorized instead of seeing many times so how is it possible to remember them after seeing them once? Unbelievers said that whatever you are talking about ‘Arsh and Kursi we do not know but we have seen Bayt-al-Muqaddas, tell us anything (any signs/particulars) of this place, therefore, Allah divided this Meraaj into two parts: One from (Masjid-ul-Haraam) to Bayt-al-Muqaddas, (second) from Bayt-al-Muqaddas to ahead of ‘Arsh so that people could get information about first part of Miraj with evidences.
When particulars of Bayt-al-Muqaddas were asked so the Beloved Prophet was a little worried; though the Prophet of Rahmah, the Intercessor of Ummah entered Bayt-al-Muqaddas, he did not pay attention to its particulars. Furthermore, it was a dark night. Allah commanded Sayyiduna Jibraeel so Sayyiduna Jibraeel lifted Bayt-al-Muqaddas on his wings and placed it near the house of Sayyiduna Aqeel in Makkah. He kept looking at it and answering their questions. (Remember) To bring Bayt-al-Muqaddas to the Beloved Prophet after lifting is your miracle as the throne of Bilqees was presented in the court after being lifted is the miracle of Sayyiduna Sulayman.
Anyway, when the Beloved Prophet answered all the questions of polytheists of Makkah regarding Bayt-al-Muqaddas so since they were testing this miracle through their wisdom instead of believing in it and even they were trying to prove it false out of their malice and enmity, they started asking about the signs/particulars of Bayt-al-Muqaddas and despite being disgraced they remained obstinate and for further test they started asking about the caravan that went to Egypt from Makkah Mukarramah for trade.
He told them that the caravan was found between so-and-so place of blessed Makkah and Egypt; it had so-and-so number of men walking and so-and-so was on camels. They then asked a question from the Beloved Prophet as to when they would enter Makkah Mukarramah
upon their return; so he replied that the caravan would enter Makkah Mukarramah on Wednesday; a grey colour camel, whose hessian beneath saddle is black, will be in the front of them, loaded with two sacks.
Whatever the Beloved Prophet stated the same thing happened. Upon the manifestation of the Beloved Prophet’s miracles, the polytheists were ashamed but did not embrace Islam.
Observations of Meraj Night
The Beloved Prophet saw millions of wonders at Mairaaj night, went to Paradise, saw heavenly palaces of his Ummatis, Hell and the terrible torments of Hell-dwelling people, then some of them, he for the persuasion and menace of his Ummah mentioned so that after listening to the terrible torments of the Hell-dwellers, Ummatti may protect themselves from the hell by performing good deeds and after listening to the unending/everlasting favours of paradise Ummatti may try to get them. Let’s listen to some parables and observations briefly:
The Beloved Prophet has said: I saw ‘the reward for Sadaqah is ten times more and the reward for lending money (Qarz) is 18 times more’ written on the door of paradise at Mi’raaj night; I saw dome-resembling tent made of pearls which are for the Imams and Muazzins of the Holy Prophet’s Ummah, a few tall palaces which are for those who suppress their anger and forgive, a palace decorated with the silk curtains that is for Ameer ul Mumineen Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq; I heard the footfall of Sayyiduna Bilal Habshi while visiting paradise; heavenly nymphs of paradise paid Salaam to me; passed by such a person who was covered from the Noor of ‘Arsh; he was that fortunate person who would do a lot of Zikr of Allah in the world, love Masjid, and who never became the cause of his parents being abused or disgraced.
One of the extremely painful torments our Beloved Prophet saw at Mi’raaj night was that the jaws of some people were being opened; their flesh after being cut from their bodies was being pushed into their mouths with blood; these are those unfortunate people who would backbite people and find fault with them. He passed by some such men and women who were hanged by their chests; these are those unfortunate people who defame people to their faces and backbite them.
At Mi’raaj night, our Beloved Prophet saw some people as well whose bellies were as big as rooms and snakes could be seen inside their bellies from outside; these unfortunate people were usurers. The Beloved Prophet went to such people whose heads were being crushed by stones; these are those unfortunate people whose heads would get heavy due to Salah. Our Beloved Prophet also saw those who give Khutbah (pieces of advice) to Ummah but do not act upon it themselves and those who do not act upon the Holy Quran after they have studied it; their lips were being constantly cut with fire scissors.
At Mi’raaj night, the Beloved Prophet saw some people hanging with fire branches; these are those unfortunate people who abuse their parents in the world. The Beloved Prophet saw the women, who after committing sinful acts kill their children, in such a state that they were hanged by their breasts and legs. The Holy Prophet saw those, who swindle orphans out of their wealth, in such a state that big firestones were being put into their mouth after holding their lips, and these stones were coming out from their bottoms. Those who do not pay Zakah were seen in such a state that they were gulping/eating up the poisonous plants and hot stones of hell like quadrupeds.