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|Al Isra Wal Mira'j|
|10/13/01 at 11:23:52|
|As salaam-u-Alaykum Wa Rahmat'Allah, |
As many of you may know, Sunday night is the night of Mira'j - The Night that our beloved Messenger (saw) ascended upto the 7 heavens and into the prescence of the Almighty.
To commemorate this occasion, i have designed a Mira'j poster which tells of some of the events of this blessed night.
If you would like to view the poster then please email me at the following address:
|Re: Al Isra Wal Mira'j|
|10/13/01 at 22:07:27|
|Respected Brother/ Sister in Islam|
Assallamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu
THE PHYSICAL (BODY AND SOUL) ME'RAAJ
Among the many fascinating incidents and dazzling miracles of Nabi
(S.A.W.), the journey of Me'raj holds an exceptionally exalted position.
Nabi (S.A.W.) was called up to the heavens, travelling through the seven
skies and treading in such realms where even angels were not allowed
entry. The closest that any creation of Allah could have been to Allah.
This dignity and honour was granted to Nabi (S.A.W.) on this night.
Never before had anyone in physical form attained such heights. Every
aspect of this journey is miraculous and defies the limited intellect and
puny mental capacity of man. However, when people of Imaan, transcend the
narrow and confined world of crass intellectualism; they are blessed by
the faculty of Iman - divine conviction which supercedes all human
faculties of the sensory and cerebral type.
INCREDIBLE SPEED OF ME'RAJ
Looking at it from the distance aspect - it is a mind boggling feat.
From Makkah to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to outer space, up into the
skies, through the seven firmaments and well beyond, to Jannah,
Jahannum, and the other secrets of the universe and then back home ..... in a
short span of time. Relying on the strength of the puny human intellect,
many have rejected this incident outright, starting from Abu Jabl and
company right down to the bright sparks of present times.
This incredible speed could have been doubted in those times, but today
with scientific achievements and advances in technology, man has
already reached the moon and beyond and will achieve much more as science and
technology move ahead with leaps and bounds....
According to Einstein, speed conquers space, thus the faster the
journey, the shorter the space. If these types of feats can be achieved by
man through his limited intelligence and resources, then has not Almighty
Allah, the Supreme, Master and Creator of man and man's resources the
power and might to subjugate the forces of nature? Thus enable Nabi
(S.A.W.) to traverse the celestial realms at incalculable speed.
FANCIFUL INTERPRETATION: A SUBTLE REJECTION OF ME'RAJ
Another group of people have taken another stance with regard to the
incident of Me'raj. They have not openly rejected the Me'raj, but have
attempted to interpret it in such a manner that is tantamount to the
rejection of Me'raj. This is merely a "sugar-quoted" rejection of Me'raj.
While this form is more subtle, the end result being the same in both
instances. They have attempted to scuttle the reality of the Me'raj to
being a mere dream and not much more...
This is completely contrary to the spirit of Me'raj and an indirect
contradiction of the Quranic concept of Me'raj. According to the subtle
nuances of the verses relating to Me'raj (Bani Israaeel;1 + Najm;2) it is
evident that this was no spiritual experience in a dream - it was a
physical journey in the true sense of the word just like someone flying
from say, New York to London nowadays.
If the verse of Surah-Bani Israel is studied carefully, there are
manifest indications that this was a physical journey. For instance the
verse commences with the word 'Subhaan' which means "Glorified be that
Being - Allah"; it is a known fact that in the Arabic context and
especially in the Qur'anic background, the word denotes a wondrous event; an
amazing incident, a baffling occasion; a miraculous happening. The fact
that Me'raj occurred in the physical sense, this is the matter that tends
such incredulence to this event that to this event that its description
commences with the word 'Subhaan' in the Qur'an. Had this been merely a
spiritual / dream experience, what element of wonder is left in it
anymore? Dreams are seen by all. Anyone could dream he is up in the
heavens. This point alone is convincing enough for anyone that is rational and
If we look further in this verse, the word 'Asraa' (a journey at night)
again alludes to the fact that this was a physical journey that took
place at night. Never has this word been used in the context of a
spiritual journey (by dream) in the Arabic language. It has always referred to
a physical journey.
Then the word 'Abdihi' His servant (Muhammad SAW) is used. If this was
a spiritual / dream journey as is the contention of the deniers of the
physical journey then the Qur'an - the ultimate word in truth and
honesty - would have used the appropriate word for the occasion. The word
'Rooh' (soul) for example may have been used. Never has the word 'Abd'
been used in reference to only the soul / spirit aspect of man.
Then there are the dozens of Hadith citations that clearly prove this
to be a physical journey. Almost 45 Sababas (RA) have narrated the
incident of Me'raj in the books of Hadith in great detail. Just one example
from the narration of hadith to prove clearly this was a physical
journey. In one narration it appears that Nabi (S.A.W.) said.. "Then I
arrived (returned) to Makkah" - this (his arrival in Makkah) could only
happen if he had left Makkah in the first place.
For people of faith on the Qur'an and people of sound mind and
reasonable intellectual prowess, these points are sufficiently convincing to
prove the journey of Me'raj being a physical one. There are many other
aspects of Me'raj that can all be established from conclusive evidence.
|Re: Al Isra Wal Mira'j|
|10/14/01 at 23:12:13|
useless fact: i was born the night after the night of Al Isra Wal Mi'raaj, but my parents didnt know it at the time... they named me Meraj cause they liked the name... but they found out later... kinda freak, eh? ;)
|Re: Al Isra Wal Mira'j|
|10/15/01 at 08:07:22|
Thanks for posting this. Your reminder was timely and I would not have known.
I read the story to my son-
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