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In this final part on the series of Isra Wal Miraj, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi divulges details on what transpired with the Prophet ﷺ after his meeting with Allah and what were the scenes that he witnessed.

The Prophet ﷺ narrates that after he received the command for salah he entered into Jannah. And he saw tents made out of pearls and the soil was made out of musk (perfume). It is noteworthy that the Prophet ﷺ said he 'saw Jannah' - and seeing is not actually entering Jannah. So he did not enter but just surveyed Jannah. The Prophet ﷺ saw many punishments of Hell spread over several hadiths. In each hadith he saw the punishment and then asked Jibreel "who are these people?" In one hadith the Prophet ﷺ said that he saw the punishment of the one who stole an orphans money. That they had noses like that of camels; and they were eating coals made out of fire. Their mouths would swallow the coals and it would come out of their anuses.

Did the Prophet ﷺ see Allah? Aisha RA has said "whoever says the Prophet ﷺ has seen his Lord has said a huge lie against Allah" because Allah says in the Qur'an "eyes cannot encompass Him".

Another question debated by some early scholars and still today: Was al Isra wal Mi'raj a dream, or an actual physical journey? Listen intently to unearth valid pointers and a detailed discussion on the truth behind this.

When he came back to Mecca, the Prophet ﷺ went back to sleep and woke up in the Haram. This shows therefore the actual Isra took place from the Haram to Bait ul Maqdis and then back to the Haram. He said, "When I woke up I felt an anxiety in that how am I going to tell the people about what has happened to me, what will they say? They will reject me!". This shows the human nature of the Prophet ﷺ; it also shows Allah instructed the Prophet ﷺ to tell the people as he wouldn't have told them without Allah's permission.

Some benefits of the Isra wal Mi'raj:

  • The event is mentioned in the Qur'an and its narrated in the Mutawatir - the authentic narrations that have been narrated by many companions. Anyone who denies this event denies the authenticity of the Qur'an and the authentic hadith.
  • This miracle and gift occurs at a time at great sadness and was completely unexpected.The gift came after the Prophet ﷺ lost his wife, his uncle and was rejected and stoned by the people of Ta'if. This shows us with every difficulty there is ease; the greater the difficulty the greater the ease if we remain patient and steadfast. The Prophet ﷺ had to suffer so much to obtain the gift of the Isra wal Mi'raj.

What are the theological benefits behind this miraculous journey?

  1. Allah is above us - the very fact that the Prophet ﷺ went all the way up .He is above us.
  2. Heaven and Hell right  exist now as we speak.
  3. The fitrah is the purity represented by milk; Islam fits in with our being and creation and it doesn't corrupt us.

 

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