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The Morning after the Mi'raj

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
When morning after the Mi’raj came, the Prophet (s.a.w.) remained alone and, knowing that people would belie him, sat despondently.  The enemy of Allah (s.w.t.), Abu Jahl, was passing by and he approached and sat down next to him, saying in the way of mockery, “Has anything happened?”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, ‘Yes.”
Abu Jahl asked, ‘And what is that?”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “I was enraptured last night.”
Abu Jahl asked, “To where?”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “To the Hallowed House.”
Abu Jahl said, “Then you woke up here among us?”
He replied, “Yes.”
Abu Jahl decided not to belie the Prophet (s.a.w.) for fear the Prophet (s.a.w.) would deny having said this to him if he went and told the people of Makkah, so he asked, “What do you think if I called your people here?  Will you tell them what you just told me?”  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said yes.  Abu Jahl cried out, “O assembly of the Children of Ka`b ibn Lu'ay, come hither!”  People left thei…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Devils That Swarm the Eyes

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, when the Prophet (s.a.w.) reached the Nearest Heaven, on the way down, he looked below it and he saw a dense cloud of smoke filled with jinn.  He asked, “What is this, O Jibril?”
He replied, “These are the devils that swarm over the eyes of human beings so that they will not think about the dominions of the Heavens and the Earth, or else they would have seen wonders.”

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Status of the Prophet (s.a.w.) & the Gift of Swalah

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw his Lord, the Glorious, the Exalted, and he fell prostrate, and at that time his Lord Spoke to him and Said, “O Muhammad!”
He replied, “At your service, O Lord!”
Allah (s.w.t.) Said: “Ask!”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “You have Taken to Yourself Ibrahim as a friend, and You have Given him an immense kingdom.  You have Spoken to Musa directly, and have Given Dawud an immense kingdom and Softened iron and Subjected the mountains to him.  You have Given Sulayman an immense kingdom, and Subjected the jinn and men and devils to him, as well as the winds, and You have Given him a kingdom the like no one may have after him.  You have Taught ‘Isa the Torah and the Evangel, and Made him heal those born blind and the lepers, and raise up the dead with Your Permission, and You have Protected him and his mother from the cursed devil so that the devil had no path by which to harm them!”
Allah (s.w.t.) Said, “A…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Man Annihilated in the Light of the 'Arsh

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) was taken up to a point where he heard the screeching of the Pens, writing the Divine Decree.  He saw a man who had disappeared into the Light of the Throne.  He asked, “Who is this?  Is this an angel?”  It was said to him, no.  He asked again, “Is it a prophet?”  Again, the answer was no.  He asked a third time, “Who is it then?”
The answer was: “This is a man whose tongue was moist with Allah’s (s.w.t.) Remembrance in the world, and his heart was attached to the mosques, and he never incurred the curse of his father and mother.”

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Angel Who Never Smiled

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Fire was shown to the Prophet (s.a.w.).  In it, he saw Allah’s (s.w.t.) Wrath and His Punishment and Sanction.  Were rocks and iron to be thrown into it, the Fire would consume them completely.  In it were a people who were eating carrion.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “Who are these, O Jibril?”
He replied, “Those who ate the flesh of people.”
Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw Malik (a.s.), the Custodian of the Fire.  He was a grim figure whose face expressed anger.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) greeted him first.  Then the gates of the Fire were closed as he stood outside, and he was raised up beyond the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit, and a cloud concealed him from everything else, and Jibril (a.s.) stayed back.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi (q.s.) said the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) greeting of Malik (a.s.) before Malik (a.s.) greeted him first agrees with the subsequent wording of more than one narrator whereby the Prophet (s.a.w.) sa…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Birds of al-Kawtsar

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) was Raised up to the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) continued to travel until he reached rivers of milk whose taste does not change, and rivers of wine which bring only pleasure to those who drink it, and rivers of honey purified, and overhanging those rivers were domes of hollowed pearl whose circumference is like the Aquarius star.
Another narration said above the rivers were pommels resembling the hides of the humped camels.  Its birds were like the Bactrian camel.  Upon hearing this, Abu Bakr (r.a.) said, “O Messenger of Allah, they are certainly delicate!”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “And daintier to eat yet, and certainly I hope that you shall eat from them.”
This is an indication of the rank of Abu Bakr (r.a.) in Paradise, as the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) hope, like his petition, is Granted.  Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi (q.s.) said, “From all this, it can be known that Parad…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: A Loan is Better Than Charity

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) was Raised up to the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit.  Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) was taken to al-Kawtsar and entered Paradise.  Lo and behold!  It contains what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human mind ever imagined.  On its gate, he saw written:
asw-Swaadaqatu bi‘asharatin amtsaalihaa, Wa al-qardhu bi tsamaaniyati ‘ashara
Charity is repaid tenfold, And a loan eighteenfold.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “O Jibril, how can the loan be more meritorious than charity?”
He replied, “Because one asking for charity may still have some need left, while the borrower does not borrow except his need is fulfilled.”

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Prophet (s.a.w.) at the Farthest Lote Tree

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) was Raised up to the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit.  There ends whatever ascends from the earth before it is seized, and whatever descends from above before it is seized.  It is a tree from the base of which issue rivers whose water is never brackish.  It does not change in taste, or colour, or smell, and the sweat of those who drink it in Paradise has the fragrance of musk; and rivers of milk whose taste does not change after it is drunk; and rivers of wine which brings only pleasure to those who drink it; and rivers of purified honey.  Someone on his mount could travel under its shade for seventy years and still not come out of it.  The lotus fruit that grows on it resembles the jars of hijar near Madina.  Its leaves are shaped like the ears of the she-elephant, and each leaf could wrap up this ummah entirely.  One version says, one of its leaves could wrap up all creatures.
Shaykh ad-Dardir (

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The People by the Rivers & Prayer at Bayt al-Ma'mur

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Jibril (a.s.) ascended to the Seventh Heaven, and there, they met Ibrahim (a.s.).  With Ibrahim (a.s.) were sitting a company of people with pristine faces similar to the whiteness of a blank page, and next to them were people with something in their faces.  The latter stood and entered a river in which they bathed.  Then they came out having purified some of their hue.  Then they entered another river and bathed and came out having purified some more.  Then they entered a third river and bathed and purified themselves and their hue became like that of their companions.  They came back and sat next to them.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “O Jibril, who are those with white faces and those who had something in their hues, and what are these rivers in which they entered and bathed?”
He replied, “The ones with white faces are a people who never tarnished their belief with injustice or disobedience; t…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Prophet (s.a.w.) in the 7th Heaven

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Jibril (a.s.) ascended to the Seventh Heaven.  Jibril (a.s.) asked for the gate to be opened.  Someone asked, “Who is this?”
“Jibril.”
“Who is with you?
“Muhammad.”
“Has he been Sent for?”
“Yes.”
“Welcome to him, from his family!  May Allah Grant him long life, a brother of ours and a Deputy of Allah, and what excellent brother and deputy!  What an excellent visit is this!”  The gate was opened.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) saw Ibrahim (a.s.) the Friend sitting at the gate of Paradise on a throne of gold the back of which was leaning against the Inhabited House, al-Bayt al-Ma’mur.  With him was a company of his people.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) greeted him and he returned his greeting and said, “Welcome to the righteous son and the righteous Prophet!”  Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Alawi (r.a.) said, “ma’mur” means “inhabited with the remembrance of Allah and the great number of angels.”
Then Ibrahim (a.s.) said, “Orde…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Prophet (s.a.w.) in the 6th Heaven

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Jibril (a.s.) ascended to the Sixth Heaven.  Jibril (a.s.) asked for the gate to be opened.  Someone asked, “Who is this?”
“Jibril.”
“Who is with you?”
“Muhammad.”
“Has he been Sent for?”
“Yes.”
“Welcome to him, from his family!  May Allah Grant him long life, a brother of ours and a Deputy of Allah, and what excellent brother and deputy!  What an excellent visit is this!”  The gate was opened.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) passed by prophets who had with them less than ten followers in all, while others had a large company, and others had not even one follower.
Then he saw a huge, dark mass, sawad al-a’azhim, that was covering the firmament.  He asked, “What is this throng?”
He was told, “This is Musa and his people.  Now raise your head and look.”  He raised his head and saw another huge dark mass that was covering the firmament from every direction he looked.  He was told, “These are your ummah, and besid…

Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Prophet (s.a.w.) in the 5th Heaven

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Jibril (a.s.) ascended to the Fifth Heaven.  Jibril (a.s.) asked for the gate to be opened.  Someone asked, “Who is this?”
“Jibril.”
“Who is with you?”
“Muhammad.”
“Has he been Sent for?”
“Yes.”
“Welcome to him, from his family!  May Allah Grant him long life, a brother of ours and a Deputy of Allah, and what excellent brother and deputy!  What an excellent visit is this!”  The gate was opened.  When they came in they saw Harun (a.s.).  Half of his beard was white and the other half was black.  It almost reached his navel due to its length.  Surrounding him were a company of the Children of Israel listening to him as he was telling them a story.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) greeted him and he returned his greeting and said, “Welcome to the righteous brother and the righteous prophet!”  Then he invoked for goodness on his behalf.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “Who is this, O Jibril?”
He replied, “This is the m…