The miraculous journey, which took Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) from Makkah to Jerusalem in one night and then an ascension to the heavens is Israa and Miraj. Israa means to walk in the night and Miraj means to ascend. These words refer to Prophet’s journey of the miraculous night of Miraj, specifically to the site of Mosque Al-Aqsa as referred to in Surah Al-Israa in the Quran.
“Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for 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 heareth and seeth (all things).” (17:1)
The rich history of Islam with countless events carries lots of miracles, which took place in the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with many other prophets, like Hazrat Ibrahim, Hazrat Musa and various others.
On 27th Rajab, all the Muslim believers celebrate this day and night by offering optional prayers. This night of blessings marks its presence with the belief that Hazrat Jibrael was instructed by Allah to go along with Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW).
Journey Of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Masjid-al-Haram Makkah to Masjid-al-Aqsa
At another place, Allah Almighty gives brief details of the events of Israa and Mairaj in the following way:
“While he was in the highest part of the horizon: Then he approached and came closer, And was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer; So did (Allah) convey the inspiration to His Servant (conveyed) what He (meant) to convey. The (Prophet’s) (mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw. Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he saw? For indeed he saw him at a second descent. Near the Lote-tree beyond which non may pass: near it is the Garden of Abode. Behold, the Lote-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!) (His) sight never swerved nor did it go wrong! For truly did he see of the Signs of His Lord the Greatest.” (53:7-18)
Things happened on the Night of Miraj
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met various Prophets while travelling the seven heavens in this astonishing night of Miraj. Every Prophet shared something important to Prophet (SAWW) and the brief description is as follows:
At the First Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met Hazrat Adam (AS). Prophet Adam (AS) had bodies on his left and right. When he would look on the left he would cry and when he would look at the right he would laugh. These bodies were the souls of humans, on the left were the ones who were disbelievers and for them there was punishment, while on the right were the believers (good Muslims) for whom there was reward.
At the Second Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met Hazrat Isa (AS) and Hazrat Yahya (AS). They both were maternal cousins and Prophets of their time. They both greeted Him and made supplications full of good tidings for Him.
At the Third Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met Hazrat Yusuf (AS). He was known for His beauty.
At the Fourth Heaven: Prophet (PBUH) met Hazrat Idris (AS), who also greeted Him cordially and supplicated for Him.
At the Fifth Heaven: Hazrat Harun (AS) who was the brother of Hazrat Musa (AS) greeted Prophet (PBUH) and supplicated for Him.
At the Sixth Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Prophet Musa’s brother, Prophet Haroon (AS).
At the Seventh Heaven: At the last heaven, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) met with Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) near Bayt al-Mamur (the place where angels follow Tawaf just like Muslims do around Kabah. Moreover, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) saw Sidra-tul-Muntaha (a tree which marks the end of the heavens and from where the road to Allah Almighty’s place begin.
The importance of Five Time Prayers
When Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) met Allah Almighty, one of the important things Allah spoke to the Hazrat Prophet (PBUH) was the prayers. Allah made the five times prayers compulsory for all the Muslims. It was the Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW)’s request to Allah to reduce prayers to the amount of five.
“O Muhammad! These prayers need to be performed five times a day. However, there are ten rewards for each prayer!” (Muslim)
Well, this amazing night of Miraj is one of the most significant nights for Muslims and on the top, Allah Almighty invited our Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) to witness the 7 heavens.