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Isra and Miraj: Story of the Prophet’s (S.A.W.) Miraculous Journey

IslamicFinder  .  Friday February 17, 2023
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Isra and Miraj is a very important and significant event for Muslims around the world. It is considered one of the most sacred of miracles of Allah and is a great source of inspiration and guidance for all of humanity.

When is Isra and Miraj 2023?

This year, Muslims around the world will commemorate the event on the night of Friday, February 17th, 2023 (in some countries, it will be on Saturday, February 18th, 2023).

Prophet’s (S.A.W.) Journey

Prophet’s (S.A.W.) miraculous journey of Miraj took place in two parts. First Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) went from Masjid Al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa and then he (S.A.W.) ascended to heaven by the will of Allah.  

(Ref: Surah Al-Isra 17:1)

Through ascension to the heavens, Prophet (S.A.W.) stopped by all seven layers of heaven and met Prophet Adam (A.S.) on the 1st heaven, Prophet Isa (A.S.) and Prophet Yahya (A.S.) on the 2nd, Prophet Yusuf (A.S.) on the 3rd, Prophet Idris (A.S.) on the 4th, Prophet Haroon (A.S.) on the 5th, Prophet Musa (A.S.) on the 6thand Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) on the 7th heaven. 

(Ref: Sahih Bukhari: 3207)

The Prophet (S.A.W.) was carried to Sidrat al-Muntaha (Large Lote-Tree that marks the end of Heaven). Sidrat Al-Muntaha is the limit beyond which no creation of Allah is allowed to cross. Jibrael (A.S.) stopped at this tree, but only Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) was allowed by Allah to pass this boundary.

After Prophet (S.A.W.) crossed Sidrat Al-Muntaha, he (S.A.W.) was then presented to the Divine Presence of Allah. Allah gave him three gifts during this blessed journey:

  • Ordination of Five daily Prayers (equal to the reward of 50 daily Prayers). (Sahih Bukhari: 7517)

  • Allah's promise to the Prophet (S.A.W.) that the sins of his Ummah will be forgiven except for those who died in shirk. (Sahih Muslim: 173)

  • Last Two Verses of Surah Al-Baqarah.

After completing this blessed journey, Prophet (S.A.W.) mounted Al-Buraq and returned to Makkah. The whole journey of Isra and Miraj took place in one night.

Should we Celebrate this Night?

Even though this journey has religious significance in Islam, neither the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) nor any of his Companions (R.A.) ever observed it. However, we can remember this historic event by praising Allah, seeking His favour, helping the needy, and carrying out the good deeds that Allah and His Messenger (S.A.W.) have taught us to do.

Overall, the Night Journey teaches us many important lessons about faith, prayer, unity, and patience. It reminds us of the importance of these values in our daily lives and our spiritual journey.

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