The Secrets of Miraj & the vision of Allah T’ala (Waqia E Meraj Un Nabi)
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Allah T’ala has sent down Prophets for the guidance of the creation. Each Prophet has been granted miracles based on the requirements of their times. Whatever area of knowledge/field that the Ummah excelled in, the Prophets would express such a miracle in that very area that everybody would be astonished.
The whole humankind until the Qiyamah is the Ummah of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). As science and technology were going to reach their peak in this Ummah, to answer all objections and to make clear the veracity of Islam, Allah Ta’ala granted the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) innumerable miracles.
Today science is at such a peak that human beings are trapping and utilizing the rays of the sun, are traveling in space and have even landed on the moon. In spite of all this, the astronomers, space/rocket scientists, etc. are dazed before the miracle of the heavenly journey (Meraj) of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ).
The progress of science is unraveling the truths of Islam. The objection of the people that how is it possible that such a long journey could be completed in a small part of a night is not correct, because “light” created by human beings is so fast that it travels 300,000 kilometers in 1 second. When the “light” created by the creation is so powerful, then who can imagine the swiftness and ascent of the One (ﷺ) who is absolute radiance?
The distinct excellence of His Bashariyyat
Every person knows that to lead his life, every human being requires some things. Food, clothing and housing are called the necessities of life on which life depends. These are in severable needs. In the night of Meraj, Allah Ta’ala expressed the distinction of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) that no human being can live without a house, no human being can travel the space without any mechanical device, but the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) traversed the cosmos and reached the La Makaan. This is a distinction of His Bashariyyat.
Similarly, human beings cannot live without food, but this is a miracle of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) that He (ﷺ) would fast for days together without any food or drink. The Sahabah also started fasting continuously like Him, but they became weakness and infirmity started overwhelming them. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said: Who among you is like me? I spend my nights at my Lord’s. My Lord feeds me. (Saheeh Bukhari, Hadeeth No. 1825)
This is an established fact that angels are created from Noor. Hazrat Jibraeel (May peace be upon him) is the chief of all angels.Thus, it is plain that he is distinct from all angels in his radiance. But in the night of Meraj, Jibraeel (May peace be upon him) also stopped at Sidratul Muntaha. He said: O Prophet of Allah (ﷺ)! If I budge from this point even to the extent of a segment of a finger, I will be burnt by the manifestations of Noor of Almighty Allah Ta’ala. As given in Tafseer Ruh Al Bayan, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 121:
Seeing the heavenly worlds from this world itself (Waqia E Meraj Un Nabi)
By the grant of Allah Ta’ala, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) would see the wonders of nature and the realities of the heavenly worlds with His blessed eyes and would see Jannah and hell.
Without journeying Him through the cosmos, Allah Ta’ala would grant Him the vision of heavenly worlds, the La Makaan and Jannah and hell as well, as given in this Hadeeth of Saheeh Bukhari:
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) performed Salaat Ul Kusuf. The Sahabah said: O Prophet of Allah (ﷺ)! We saw that you made a move to take something in your blessed hand, then drew back. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said: Verily! Jannah was presented before me and I decided to take a bunch of grapes from it (then I changed my decision) and if I had taken it, then you would have been eating from it until the end of the world and it would never have been finished. (Saheeh Bukhari, Hadeeth No.706)
When the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) sees the heavenly worlds from this earth itself, why was He (ﷺ) taken for a tour of those worlds? Apart from showing the wonders of nature, it was the intent of Allah Ta’ala to grant the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) special proximity and to grant Him the honor of conversing and seeing Allah Ta’ala.
He (ﷺ) was busy in spreading and propagating the Islam and inviting people towards Islam. Those who realized the value of Him and His message attached themselves to Him, but those who refused to recognize the value continued in their waywardness, prejudice and enmity. After seeing this, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) journeyed to Taif.
His Noor (Waqia E Meraj Un Nabi)
The supreme perfection of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is that He saw His Lord Almighty.
Zubdatul Muhadditheen, Muhaddith-e-Deccan Abul Hasanaat Hazrat Syed Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi Qadri (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) says about the grandeur of the radiance of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ):
Translation: There were 70,000 angels on the right and 70,000 angels on the left. Each one of them had a torch of the Noor of the ‘Arsh. In spite of all this, the radiance of the blessed face of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was a class apart. It was ordered thus: O Jibreel! There are thousands of veils on the face of my Beloved. Even then His radiance is such. Okay, raise just 1 veil. The moment 1 veil was raised that the thousands of torches paled before the Noor of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ).
In the journey of Taif, stones were rained upon the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) so much so that His blessed feet had bled.
Before beginning Meraj, Jibreel (May peace be upon him) opened the heart of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), took out the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and washed it thrice with the water of Zam Zam. No book of Hadith, Tafseer, history or Sirah mentions that even a drop of blood emerged when his blessed chest was opened.
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is both Noor and Bashar (i.e. human being). Bleeding when injured is a token of being human and not bleeding is a token of being Noor. Not bleeding even a single drop of blood when His chest was opened is a miracle of His Bashariyyah and bleeding when hurt is a miracle of His Nooraniyyah. Thus, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is peerless both as Noor and as a Bashar.
In the 12th year after the declaration of Prophethood, the night after the 26th of Rajab, Allah Ta’ala granted the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) the heavenly journey of Meraj.
Wisdom of selecting the month of Rajab
Allah Ta’ala selected the month of Rajab for the journey of Meraj, as Rajab is the month of Allah Ta’ala. As given in a Hadeeth in Kanz Ul Ummal.
The secrets of Meraj
There are thousands of secrets and pearls of wisdom in Meraj, which the scholars and saints are aware of. The verse of Sureh Bani Israil, in which the heavenly journey of Meraj is mentioned, starts with the Arabic letter “Seen” of the word “Subhan” and ends with Arabic letter “Ra” of “Baseer.” If these 2 letters are combined, they become the word “Sirr,” which is the Arabic word for secret. This is an indication that Meraj is a secret from one of the secrets of Allah Ta’ala, whose truth cannot be known to anybody except Allah Ta’ala and His Holy Prophet (ﷺ). For this reason, Allah Ta’ala has kept this as a secret and says:
So (on that station of nearness and union) He (Allah) revealed to His (Beloved) servant whatever He revealed. Sureh Najm (53:10)
Why did the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) go to Masjid Aqsa
The first reason as to why the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was taken to Masjid Aqsa was that this should serve as a proof for the disbelievers. The heavenly worlds are not seen by the disbelievers, then how would they affirm and acknowledge Meraj? They had seen Masjid Aqsa. They asked the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) about Masjid Aqsa. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) told them about Masjid Aqsa and about the caravans, which He (ﷺ) had seen on the way, so that with His true words, a proof is established for the disbelievers. (Subul Ul Huda War Rashad, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 17)
Imam Muhammad Bin Yousuf As Saalhi (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) says that in Syria, the gathering of Hashr will occur. The intent of Allah Ta’ala in taking the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) to Masjid Aqsa is that when His blessed feet land there, then in Qiyamah, it will be a source of ease for the Ummah and because the blessings of His blessed feet, standing there will become easier. (Subul Ul Huda War Rashad, Vol. 3, Pg. No. 18)
The desire of Masjid Aqsa (Waqia E Meraj Un Nabi)
Hazrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) says:
Translation: Baitul Muqaddis (Masjid Aqsa) would pray thus: O Lord Almighty! I have been honored by the presence of all Prophets. Now no desire remains in my heart. If there is, I want to see the blessed feet of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). The desire to meet Him is burning inside me. To fulfill the desire of Baitul Muqaddis, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was taken to there. (Merajnama, Pg. No. 29)
The reverence shown by Jibreel (May peace be upon him)
The night of Meraj, Jibreel (May peace be upon him) presented a great example of respect and reverence of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). When he came to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), he did not enter the house from the door, but entered the house from the roof. The rule is:
And it is no righteousness that you enter your houses from the rear. Sureh Baqarah (2:189)
One reason is that entering house in a strange manner is an indication is that the journey is also wondrous. Entering the house from the roof is an indication that the journey is also going to be one of ascent.
Another reason is that Whenever Jibreel (May peace be upon him) came to the presence of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), he would become the very personification of respect and would request permission. Out of respect, he would not come closer to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) suddenly, but he would be constantly requesting the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). When the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) would grant him permission, then he would come close to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and with sit parallel-legged.
Thus, in many different types of books of Hadeeth like the Sihah, Sunan,etc., there are many Hadeeth of this kind. As an example, the following Hadeeth is being reproduced here:
Translation of Hadeeth: It has been narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says: We were present before the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). Suddenly a person with a beautiful face, fragrant odor and in a clean dress came to His presence and said:
Why did the journey start
Why did the journey start from the house of Hazrat Umme Haani (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with her)
The journey of Meraj started from the house of Hazrat Umme Haani (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with her) and not from the house of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). The wisdom here is that it is among the etiquette of the house of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) that one should not enter it without permission. The Holy Quran says:
O Believers! Do not enter the houses of the Holy Prophet [blessings and peace be upon him] unless permission is granted to you for a meal. Nor (reach so early as to) wait for the cooking of the meal. But when you are invited then enter (at that time). Then when you have eaten the meal, (get up from there and) disperse without delay and do not linger on in eagerness for talk. Surely your (sitting for long in this) manner discomforts the Holy Prophet [Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam]; and he feels reluctant to (ask) you (to leave) but Allah does not hesitate in (saying) the Truth. And when you ask them (the pure wives) for something, ask them from behind a curtain. This (regard and nice manner) causes great purity for your hearts and for their hearts. And it is not (at all lawful) for you that you cause inconvenience to the Holy Messenger of Allah [blessings and peace be upon him], nor is this (lawful) that you marry his (pure) wives after him, till the end of time. Surely it is the most grievous sin in the sight of Allah. Sureh Ahzaab (33:53)
The angels are also included in this command as the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is the Prophet for all creation, as given in this Hadeeth of Saheeh Muslim:
I have been sent as the Prophet towards all creation. (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 523; Musnad Imam Ahmad Bin Hambal, Hadeeth No. 8969; Zujajatul Masabeeh, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 8)
Hazrat Mulla Ali Qari (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) writes in Mirqaat in the interpretation of this Hadeeth:
Translation: I have been sent as the Prophet towards the whole universe, all genie, humans, angels, beasts and plant life.
Therefore, it is not permissible for even angels to enter the house of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) without His permission. The night of Meraj, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) went to the house of Hazrat Umme Haani (May Allah Ta’ala be well pleased with her), so that the angel could come to Him.
The face of Jibreel …
The face of Jibreel (May peace be upon him) on the heel of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ)
The night of Meraj, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) had the honor of serving the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), as given in Tafseer Ruh Al Bayan, Vol. 5, Pg. No. 109:
Translation: The night of Meraj, Jibreel, Mikail, Israfeel and Izrail (May peace be upon them) all came. Each one of them had 70,000 angels. When the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) mounted the Burraq, Jibreel (May peace be upon him) held the reins, Mikail (May peace be upon him) held the stirrup and Israfeel (May peace be upon him) held the saddle.
It is in the night of Meraj that we find the highest form of reverence of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) of Jibrel (May peace be upon him).
Mulla Muhammad Moin Kaashfi Haravi (May Allah Ta’ala shower His mercy on him) narrates a Hadeeth about Meraj:
Translation: The second narration is from Jibreel (May peace be upon him): I got to know from the Wahi of Allah Ta’ala that my body has been fashioned out of camphor of Jannah, but I didn’t know the reason for this. I realized this on the night of Meraj. In spite of my purity and fineness, I was hesitating to awaken the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and I was anxious as to how should I do it. I was ordered that I should rub my face on the heel of the blessed foot of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). When I did so, the coolness of camphor met the warmth (of the feet of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ)) and the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) easily awakened from sleep. At that time, I realized the reason of me being created from camphor. (Ma’arij Un Nubuwwah, Pg. No. 601)
His blessed heart was washed with Zam Zam
In the night of Meraj, the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was washed with Zam Zam. His bosom was opened. A receptacle full of Iman and wisdom was poured into it.
Life depends on the heart. Heart is the very center of life. There is no one in the universe who can stay alive without the heart. Even during heart surgeries, the doctors have to use machines which keep the patient alive. The opening of the bosom, the washing of His blessed heart, the pouring of wisdom and all this is related by the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) Himself.
Even after removal of the heart, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is alive. This shows even when the essentials of life are withdrawn, the life and the knowledge and understanding of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) are unaffected.
Burraq only to show grandeur and majesty
Burraq is a mount from Jannah. It was brought to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). Instead of this, it could have been that the distance was shortened for the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), the earth could have been rolled up for Him, so that one step of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) could have been in Makkah and the next in Masjid Aqsa. This was not done. This is because all this is common in the Auliya (saints), but a mount which completes the journey in the blinking of an eye is the distinction of the Prophets.
Another reason is that the Burraq was not brought because it was needed, but it was to grace the Burraq and to express the grandeur of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ).
When the elite of this world are invited, a mode of conveyance is also sent to them. This is to respect and revere the person. Similarly, Allah Ta’ala sent such a mount for His beloved Prophet (ﷺ) that no human had ever rode one like it.
Allah Ta’ala could have sent any of the usual mounts of Arabia and made it fast like the Burraq, or any conveyance from the future could also have been sent, but it was not so. This is to show that the way the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is incomparable, His mount also should be such that before Him no one had rode one and after Him no one ever will.
If any vehicle from the future had been sent, then in the later times, people would have used such vehicles. For this reason, Allah Ta’ala sent a mount from Jannah, on which no one else from the world can travel.
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) seeing Allah Ta’ala with His physical eyes
On the night following the 26th of Rajab (the night before 27th), Allah T’ala took the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), in a wakeful state, from Makkah to Baitul Muqaddis, from Bait Ul Muqaddis to the seven heavens, Jannah, hell, ‘Arsh (throne) of Allah and beyond it, until where He desired. He favored Him with His special closeness and granted Him the privilege of seeing Him. Through the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), the Ummah got the great gift of Salaat.
Meraj, as a physical journey, is established by the Holy Quran. Allah T’ala says:
Holy (free of any imperfection, weakness and insufficiency) is He Who took His (most beloved and intimate) Servant in a small portion of a night from the Sacred Mosque to the al-Aqsa Mosque, whose surroundings We have blessed, in order that We might show him (the Perfect Servant) Our Signs. Surely He is the One Who is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. Sureh Bani Israil (17:1)
The clearest proof that Meraj was a physical journey is the word ‘Abdihi. The Mufassirin (experts in interpretation of the Holy Quran) say about this that the soul and body together are called ‘Abd (Lit. slave). It is not given to only the soul or only the body. This shows that Meraj was physical journey, with both, the blessed body of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and His blessed soul. As given in Tafseer Razi, Sureh Bani Israil-1.
Burraq is also mentioned in the Saheeh (rigorously-authenticated) Hadith. (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No.429; Al Mustadrak Alas Sahihain Lil Hakim, Hadeeth No. 8946; Tahzeeb Ul Aathaar Lit Tabari, Hadeeth No. 2771; Mustakhraj Abi ‘Awana, Hadeeth No. 259; Musnab Abi Ya’ala, Hadeeth No.3281; Muskhil Ul Aathaar Lit Tahawi, Hadeeth No. 4377; Jame’ Ul Ahadith, Hadeeth No.553; Musnad Imam Ahmed, Hadeeth No. 12841; Majma Uz Zawaaid Wa Mamba ‘Ul Fawaid, Hadeeth No. 237). Obviously, a mount like Burraq is for the blessed body and not for the blessed soul.
Seeing Allah T’ala in Meraj
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) journeyed through the heavenly worlds and saw the signs of Allah’s power and was privileged with the vision of Allah Ta’ala. This is mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Hadith, at some places indirectly and at other directly. Thus, Allah T’ala says about this:
(His) heart did not take it contrary to what (his) eyes beheld. Sureh Najm (53:11)
And assuredly he saw Him (Allah Unveiled) the second time (again and you argue only about seeing Him once). Sureh Najm (53:13)
And his eye neither inclined aside nor overstepped the limit; (it gazed in ecstasy at Whom it was to gaze). Sureh Najm (53:17)
Surely he saw the Greatest Signs of His Lord (during the Ascension Night). Sureh Najm (53:18)
There is a Hadeeth in the canons of Hadeeth on the authority of Hazrat Anas Bin Malik (May Allah be well pleased with him):
Translation of Hadeeth: Allah T’ala granted Him closeness and granted Him even more closeness to the extent that He (ﷺ) was as close as 2 bows or even closer. (Saheeh Bukhari, Kitab Ut Tauheed, Hadeeth No.7517; Mustakhraj Abi ‘Awana, Kitab Ul Iman, Hadeeth No. 270; Jame’ Ul Usool Min Ahadithir Rasool, Kitab Un Nubuwwah, Hadeeth No. 8867)
[Allah T’ala is beyond the confines of time, space, etc. and cannot be compared to anything. Here “close as 2 bows” means that in Arabia, when two tribes wanted to show their unity and friendship, the chiefs would join their bows and shoot 1 arrow with it. The Holy Quran was revealed to Arabs, so Allah T’ala uses the idioms and expressions which were familiar to Arabs to explain things]