From salah to strength of faith, Isra Wal Miraj gives us so many reasons to smile.
By Sheima Sumer
At the end of Part 1 of this series, our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had journeyed above the seven heavens and saw the huge, colorful lote tree called Sidratul Muntaha.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also saw Angel Jibreel in his original form. Jibreel has 600 wings that block the horizon, with pearls and corals dripping from his feathers.
At some blessed time of the Miraj, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) came to the Divine Presence of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). There are only a few authentic hadiths about the details of this meeting. We know that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Something caused me to ascend and I rose to the level where I heard the pen writing.”
During the meeting with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was given 3 things:
- the obligation to do the 5 daily prayers (salah)
- the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah
- the promise that whoever from his ummah worships Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) without committing shirk will be forgiven.
HAPPINESS HINT: In a hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, whoever recites the last 2 verses of surah Al-Baqarah on a nightly basis, then “that is enough” (i.e. he doesn’t need anything else). These two verses were received directly from Allah (swt) to help protect us from shaytan. Let us try to recite them every night, in shaa Allah.
Here is a translation of the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah (2:285-286):
The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.”
Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
From 50 to 5 Daily Prayers
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “50 prayers per day were prescribed for me at this time.” Then he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) went down and met Musa (عليه السلام), who asked, “What did your Lord tell you for your ummah?” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) answered, “My Lord told me that I should tell my ummah to pray 50 times a day.” Then Musa (عليه السلام) said, “Go back to your Lord and ask to lower this requirement because I have more experience and your ummah will not be able to do it.” Then the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) looked at Jibreel for his opinion and Jibreel said “Yes.” So the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) went back and forth multiple times, for at least five times. Each time the number of required prayers was reduced. But Musa (عليه السلام) kept saying the same thing: “Your ummah will not be able to do this.”
When the prayers came down to five, Musa (عليه السلام) said to go back to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) one more time, but the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “I am embarrassed but I am content and happy.” Then the voice of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) said, “My Farida has been established. It is 5 but it shall be rewarded with 50. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) had already decreed that it would be 5, and I have made it easy for My servants.”
- The five daily prayers were decreed on Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) while he was in the Divine Presence of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). This shows the high importance of the 5 daily prayers. The salat were decreed directly by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Please never neglect your five daily salat!
- The story of how the salah was decreed shows the mercy of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). It shows that He does not want to make life difficult for us. It shows that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) listens to His servants.
- This story also shows that we were created for one purpose: to worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). We should be praying to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) as much as possible.
The Woman in Paradise
After the meeting with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saw heaven and hell.
He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “On this night I smelled a fragrance that was very sweet and I asked Jibreel what was this fragrance. Jibreel said, ‘This is the fragrance of the one who used to comb the hair of the daughter of Pharaoh. She was combing the hair and the comb fell. She said ‘Bismillah (in the name of Allah)’ and Pharaoh’s daughter said, ‘You surely mean in the name of my father.’ The woman said, ‘No, Allah is your Lord and my Lord and the Lord of your father.’ Then the girl said, ‘Do you want me to tell my father you said this?’ The woman said, ‘Yes, go ahead.’ When Pharaoh heard this, he called this slave girl and asked her, ‘Are you saying that you have a Lord besides me?’ The slave girl said, ‘Yes. My Lord and your Lord is Allah.’ Then Pharaoh started a boiling cauldron and she was told she has to throw her own children into the fire, one by one. She said, ‘I have one request: that you take our flesh and bones and bury me and my children all together.” Pharaoh agreed. Then one by one her children were thrown into the cauldron until finally the baby suckling at her bosom was left. Then she paused. She couldn’t throw her baby in. Then the baby spoke to her mother and said, ‘O my mother go forth and drop yourself in. This is nothing compared to the punishment of the next world.'[ Imam Ahmad has narrated in his Musnad (Book of Hadith 1/310) [and a similar narration is in Ibn Majah (4020)]]
HAPPINESS LESSON: The hardships of this world are nothing compared to the punishments of the next world for oppressors. Have hope in the justice of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
Then the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “After salah had been prescribed on me, I entered into Jannah (heaven) and I saw tents made out of pearls and soil made out of musk.”
End of Part 2