“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)
Isra – meaning to walk in the night and Miraj signifies ‘to ascend’. The terms Isra and Miraj are used to highlight the miraculous journey Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) made from Makkah, and then the ascensions to the heavenly skies up.
The historic events which took place in Islam are filled with miracles and stories. Not only does the religion signify the miracles Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) faced, but it also sheds light on what other prophets, such as Hazrat Musa, Hazrat Ibrahim, and various others encountered. The event of Shab-e-Miraj holds a lot of importance as Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) communicated with Almighty who bestowed the decision of calling Prophet (SAWW) to Him.
When Did This Night Happen?
This night of blessings marks its presence on the Islamic calendar’s 27th of Rajab. The believers state that Hazrat Jibrael was instructed by Allah to accompany Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) to Him.
How Did It Happen?
Our Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) was first taken to from Masjid al-Haram, Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem. The miraculous journey then started and Prophet (SAWW) ascended to the skies to encounter another turning event in his life.
“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 none 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)
What Happened On This Night?
While traveling the 7 heavens, Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met important Prophets, each of them sharing something important with the Prophet (SAWW).
First Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met Prophet Adam (AS).
Second Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Prophet Yahya (AS) and Prophet Isa (AS), who were not just Prophets of their time but also shared the relation of being maternal cousins.
Third Heaven: Known for his beauty, Prophet Yusuf (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met on the third heaven.
Fourth Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Prophet Idris (AS) on this level.
Fifth Heaven: Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Prophet Musa’s brother, Prophet Haroon (AS).
Sixth Heaven: After meeting his brother, Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Prophet Musa (AS).
Seventh Heaven: Standing near Bayt al-Mamur, the place where angels follow Tawaf similar to what Muslims do around Kabah, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) met with Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). On the seventh heaven, it is said that our Prophet (SAWW) saw Sidra-tul-Muntaha, a tree which puts the end to heavens and from where the road to Almighty’s place begin.
The Importance of Salah
“O Muhammad! These prayers need to be performed five times a day. However, there are ten rewards for each prayer!” (Muslim)
It is said that when the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) met with Allah, out of the many discussions the Holy figures had, the importance of prayer was one of them. Allah made the five prayers compulsory for all Muslims. It was the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)’s request to Almighty to reduce the amount of prayers Muslims were instructed to follow.
Isra and Miraj, the night is said to be one of the most respected and revered nights present in Islam. This night, out of the many reasons, is highlighted the most because on this night, Almighty Allah invited Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) to witness the heavens above and meet him.