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The Night of Shab-e-Miraj (Isra Night) or Lailat al Miraj

 

 

When we learn the importance of Makkah and Madina as Muslims, we feel a sense of connection to these two Holy Places. The 27th of Rajab is a date to keep in mind because of the sacredness of Masjid al-Aqsa. This day represents a voyage that has never been done or will be done in human history and illustrates the immense power of Almighty Allah.

 

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What is Shab-e-Miraj?

 

Al-Isra Wal-Miraj also called the Night of Miraj and Shab-e-Miraj. This night (the night of Miraj) describes one of the most amazing and miraculous experiences that Allah bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 

The Prophet (PBUH ) went on this amazing journey at a time when he was going through a very painful moment. As Allah tested him by taking two beloved people from his life.

 

The Prophet (PBUH) was awakened by Angel Jibra’eel (as), who then took him to a white beast named “Buraq” and started the journey to Masjid Al-Aqsa.

 

During this miraculous journey, Jibra’eel (as) stopped the Buraq and told our beloved Prophet (SAW) to pray at many locations in order to emphasize the significance of going to the locations where Allah (SWT) bestowed His bounties upon His pious people.

 

Prophet prayed at Mount Sinai, where Allah revealed the Torah, at Musa’s grave (as), and at Bethlehem, where Jesus/Isa (as) was born.

 

He also stopped and prayed next to the tree where Allah spoke to Musa.

 

When the Prophet (PBUH) finally arrived at Masjid al-Aqsa, he was told that every Prophet sent by Allah from the time of Adam to the time of Isa had been brought to pray behind him so that they may recognize the greatness of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 

History and Significance of Shab e Meraj

 

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the Archangel Gabriel ascend Al Buraq during Shab e Meraj, also known as Lailat al Miraj or “The Night of Ascension,” from Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah to Masjid Al-Haram Al-Aqsa.

 

Angel Gabriel joined Prophet Muhammad (SAW) when he made a few stops at significant Muslim historical sites.

 

Prophet Adam (AS), Prophet Abraham (AS), Prophet Moses (AS), Prophet Jesus (AS), and other prophets met Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the seven stages of heaven before they arrived at Masjid Al-Aqsa.

 

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) received the order for five daily prayers from Allah SWT as he ascended to the highest level of heaven, where the Throne of Allah (Al-Arsh) was.

 

This highlights the significance of the event because the five daily prayers are the most important action that all Muslims are required to perform each and every day.

 

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Hadith e Rasool SAW On Miraj

 

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported: “After the Prophet (PBUH) was miraculously taken by night to the furthest mosque in Jerusalem, he awoke and told the people about it. Some of them renounced their faith and belief in him.

 

They sought Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) and they said, “Have you heard that your friend imagined he was taken by night to the sacred house?” Abu Bakr (RA) said, “Did he say that?” They said yes. Abu Bakr (RA) said, “If he said it, he has spoken the truth.”

They said, “Do you believe he went by night to the sacred house and returned before morning?” Abu Bakr (RA) said, “Yes. Verily, I believe what is even more astonishing than that. I believe he has received messages from heaven for everything he does.” For this reason, Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) was named the Truthful, al-Siddiq.”

 

Source: Dalā’il al-Nubuwwah 680. Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

 

How is Shab e Meraj celebrated by Muslims?

 

Muslims consider Shab e Meraj to be one of the pivotal moments in Islamic history. That is why it is recognized as a national holiday in several Muslim nations so that people can take the day off to observe it. To celebrate it, each Muslim community has its own traditions and rituals.

 

Muslim families would set up some nice decorations around the neighborhood with candles and twinkling lights to brighten up the neighborhood at night. They would also serve various delicious meals and sweets to their families as they celebrate it.

 

Some people would spend the whole night listening to the lecture about the story of Shab e Meraj from the ulema at the mosque. Some elders in the community would also share some life stories of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with the children after they recite the night prayers.


Final Thoughts

 

We all need to celebrate this day by reflecting on the lessons of Shab-e-Miraj, following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), doing more worship, and doing good deeds. Doing charity and donating is one of the great practices that every Muslim should do this day. Rajab is the month of Allah when you should do pious deeds more and more to get divine rewards.

 

You can multiply these divine rewards by learning the Holy Quran in the month of Rajab, especially in Shab-e-Miraj. So, turn to Quran Focus to start your Quran learning journey.

 

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