Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Morning after the Mi'raj

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 their gatherings and came until they all sat next around the two of them.  Abu Jahl said, “Tell your people what you just told me.”

Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said, “I was enraptured last night.”

They asked, “To where?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “To the Hallowed House.”

They asked, “Then you woke up here among us?”

He replied, “Yes.” There was no one left except he clapped his hands, or held his head in amazement, or clamoured and considered it an enormity.

Muth’im ibn ‘Adi, who died a disbeliever, apostatised and said, “All of your affair before today was bearable, until what you said today.  I bear witness that you are a liar.  We strike the flanks of the she-camels for one month to reach the Hallowed House, then for another month to come back, and you claim that you went there in one night!  By al-Lat, by al-‘Uzza!  I do not believe you.”

Abu Bakr (r.a.) said, “O Muth`im, what an evil thing you said to the son of your brother when you faced him thus and declared him a liar!  As for me, I bear witness that he spoke the truth.”

The people asked, “O Muhammad, describe the Hallowed House for us.  How is it built, what does it look like, how near is it to the mountain?”  There were some among them who had travelled there.  He began to describe it for them and he did not stop describing it to them until he began to have doubt about the description.  He was seized with an anxiety he had not felt before, whereupon he was immediately brought to the mosque itself in Jerusalem and saw it in front of him.  He was placed outside the gate of ‘Aqil or ‘Iqal.

The people asked, “How many gates does the mosque have?”  He had not counted them before.  He looked at the gates and began to count them one by one and to inform them.

All the while Abu Bakr (r.a.) was saying, “You have spoken the truth.  You have spoken the truth.  I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allah.”

The people said, “As for the description, then, by Allah, he is correct.”  They then turned to Abu Bakr (r.a.) and asked, “But do you believe what he said, that he went last night to the Hallowed House and came back before morning?”

He replied, “Yes, and I do believe him regarding what is farther than that.  I believe the news of Heaven he brings, whether in the space of a morning or in that of an evening journey.”  Because of this, Abu Bakr (r.a.) was named, “asw-Swiddiq”, “the Most Truthful, the One Who Never Lies”.

Then they asked, “O Muhammad, tell us about our caravans.”

He replied, “I saw the caravan of the tribe of so-and-so as I was coming back.  They had lost one of their camels and were searching for it everywhere.  I reached their mounts and there was no one with them.  I found a water bottle and I drank from it.”

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi (q.s.) said, doubt has been raised about this report on the basis of the question how could he allow himself to drink the water without permission from its owner?  The answer is that he acted according to the custom of the Arabs whereby they never refuse milk to whomever passes by and takes it, a fortiori water, and they used to instruct the herdsmen not to prevent wayfarers from taking milk from the herd without asking the owner, and this applies even more to water.  Furthermore, the Prophet (s.a.w.) comes before the believers’ own selves and properties, and this applies even more to the disbelievers.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) continued, “Then I reached the caravan of the tribe of so-and-so in such-and-such a place.  I saw a red camel carrying one black container and one white one.  When I came face to face with the caravan, there was a stampede and that camel fell and its freight broke.  Then I reached the caravan of the tribe of so-and-so in at-Tan’im.  It was headed by a greyish camel on which was a black hair-cloth and two blackish containers and here are the caravans about to reach you from the mountain pass.”

They asked, “When will they arrive?”

He replied, “On the fourth day of the week.”  On that day, the Quraysh came out, expecting the caravans.  The day passed and they did not arrive.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) made an invocation and the day was extended one more hour during which the sun stood still, and the caravans came.

They went to meet the riders and asked them, “Did you lose a camel?”  They said yes.  They asked the second caravan, “Did one red camel of yours shatter her freight?”  They said yes.  They asked the first caravan, “Did anyone lose a water bottle?”

One man said, “I did, by Allah.  I had prepared it but none of us drank it nor was it spilled on the ground!”

At this, they accused the Prophet (s.a.w.) of sorcery and they said, “al-Walid spoke the truth.”  And Allah (s.w.t.) Revealed the verse:


… We Granted the Vision which We Showed thee, but as a trial for men … (Surah al-Isra’:60)


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

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

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, “And I have Taken you to Myself as My Beloved.”  The narrator said, it is written in the Torah, ‘Habibullah’, ‘Allah’s Beloved.’  Allah (s.w.t.) Continued, “And I have Sent you for all people without exception, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner; and I have Expanded your breast for you and Relieved you of your burden and Exalted your name; and I am not mentioned except you are mentioned with Me; and I have Made your ummah the best ummah ever brought out for the benefit of mankind; and I have made your ummah a means and a middle; and I have Made your ummah in truth the first and the last of all Communities; and I have Made al-khuthbah impermissible for your ummah unless they first witness that you are My servant and Messenger; and I have Placed certain people in your ummah with Evangels for hearts; and I have Made you the first Prophet Created and the last one Sent and the first one heard in My Court; and I have Given you Seven of the Oft-Repeated verses,” referring to Surah al-Fatihah, “which I Gave to no other prophet before you; and I have Given you the last verses of Surah al-Baqarah which constitute a Treasure from beneath My Throne which I Gave to no other prophet before you; and I have Given you al-Kawtsar; and I have Given you eight arrows: Islam, hijrah, jihad, charity, fasting in Ramadhan, ordering good, and forbidding evil; and the day I Created the Heavens and the Earth I made obligatory upon you and upon your ummah fifty prayers: therefore establish them, you and your ummah.”

Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) said, “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘My Lord has Preferred me over everyone else; He has Sent me as a Mercy to the worlds and to all people without exception, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner; He has Thrown terror into the hearts of my enemies at a distance of a month's travel; He has Made spoils of war lawful for me while they were not lawful for anyone before me; the entire earth has been Made a ritually pure place of prostration for me; I was given the words that open, those that close, and those that are comprehensive in meaning; my ummah was Shown to me and there is none of the followers and the followed but he is known to me; I saw that they would come to a people that wear hair-covered sandals; I saw that they would come to a people of large faces and small eyes as if they had been pierced with a needle; nothing of what they would face in the future has been kept hidden from me; and I have been ordered to perform fifty prayers daily.’

And he has been given three particular merits: He is the Master of Messengers, the Leader of the God-Fearing, and the Chief of Those with Signs of Light on their Faces and Limbs.”  When the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “I was given the words that open, those that close, and those that are comprehensive in meaning,” this was in reference to Swalawat al-Fatih.

One narration said the Prophet (s.a.w.) was Given the five daily prayers and the last verses of Surah al-Baqarah, and for his sake, whoever of his ummah does not associate anything with Allah (s.w.t.) is Forgiven even the sins that destroy.

Then the cloud that cloaked him was dispelled and Jibril (a.s.) took him by the hand and hurried away with him until he reached Ibrahim (a.s.), who did not say anything.  Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) reached Musa (a.s.) who asked, “What did you do, O Muhammad?  What obligations did your Lord Impose on you and your ummah?”

He replied, “He Imposed fifty prayers every day and night on me and my ummah.”

Musa (a.s.) said, “Return to your Lord and ask Him to Lighten your burden and that of your ummah for in truth your ummah will not be able to carry it.  Verily I, myself, have experienced people’s natures before you.  I tested the Children of Israel and took the greatest pains to hold them to something easier than this, but they were too weak to carry it and they abandoned it.  Your ummah is even weaker in their bodies and constitutions, in their hearts, in their sight, and in their hearing.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) turned to Jibril (a.s.) to consult him.  The latter indicated to him that yes, if he wished, then he could return.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) hurried back until he reached the Tree and the cloud cloaked him and he fell prostrate.  Then he said, “Lord, Make lighter the burden of my ummah for verily they are the weakest of all communities.”

He Replied, “I have Removed five prayers from their obligation.”

Then the cloud was dispelled and the Prophet (s.a.w.) returned to Musa (a.s.) and told him, “He has removed five prayers from my obligation.”

He replied, “Go back to your Lord and ask him to make it less, for in truth your ummah will not be able to carry that.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) did not cease to go back and forth between Musa (a.s.) and his Lord, while Allah (s.w.t.) each time reduced it by five prayers, until Allah (s.w.t.) Called out, “O Muhammad!”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “At Your service, O Lord!”

He said, “Let them be five prayers every day and night, and let every prayer count as ten.  That makes fifty prayers.  This Word of Mine shall not be changed nor shall My Book be abrogated.  Let whoever is about to perform a good deed, even if he does not ultimately do it, receive the reward of doing it, while if he does it, he shall receive it tenfold.  Let whoever is about to commit a bad deed, and he does not ultimately do it, let not anything be written against him, while if he does it, let one misdeed be written against him.”

Then the cloud was dispelled and the Prophet (s.a.w.) returned to Musa (a.s.) and told him, “He has Removed five prayers from my obligation.”

He replied, “Go back to your Lord and ask him to make it less, for in truth your ummah will not be able to carry that.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “I have gone back again to my Lord until I feel shy from Him.  Rather, I accept and submit.”

At this, a herald called out, “I have Decreed My Obligation and have Reduced the burden of My servants.”

Musa (a.s.) then said to the Prophet (s.a.w.), “Go down in the Name of Allah.”


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

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

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.) said, “I greeted him and he returned my greeting and welcomed me, but he did not smile at me,” and this is found in some of the narrations.  However, the correct narration, as the compiler and others have said, is that it is Malik (a.s.) who greeted the Prophet (s.a.w.) first in order to dispel the harshness of his sight since his face showed severity and anger.  It is possible to harmonise the two versions with the fact that the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw Malik (a.s.) more than once, so that Malik (a.s.) was first to greet the Prophet (s.a.w.) the first time, as we said, while the Prophet (s.a.w.) was first to greet Malik (a.s.) second time, in order to dispel estrangement and to inspire familiarity.  Know also that the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) sight of Malik (a.s.) was not in the same form that those who are being punished see him.

As the Prophet (s.a.w.) was descending, he asked Jibril (a.s.), “Why did I not see any of the people of Heaven except they welcomed me and smiled at me except one: I greeted him and he greeted me back and welcomed me, but he did not smile at me?”

He replied, “That was Malik, the Custodian of the Fire.  He never smiled once since the day he was Created.  If he had ever smiled for anyone, it would have been you.”


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

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 Paradise and the Fire exist already, that the Lote Tree of the Farthest Boundary is outside Paradise.”  The Prophet (s.a.w.) then saw al-Kawtsar and on its banks, were domes of hollowed pearl.  The soil of its banks was over-fragrant musk.


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

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.”


Friday, 28 April 2017

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

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 (r.a.) said, “This is the eighth ascension, meaning that it is the ascension to what is higher than the Lote Tree by means of the eighth step, so that the Prophet (s.a.w.) reached the top height of its branches in the eighth firmament which is called al-Kursi, which is made of a white pearl.  This is found in al-Qalyubi, and it is the apparent sense of the account.  However, it is contradicted by what is mentioned later: ‘Then he came to al-Kawtsar,’ because al-Kawtsar, like the remainder of the rivers, flows from the base of the Tree, not from its top, and the account goes on to say after this, ‘Then he was raised up to the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit.’  It follows that the raising up to the Lote-tree took place more than once, but undoubtedly this is dubious for whoever ponders it.  I saw in al-Ajhuri's account here, ‘Then he came to the Lote Tree of the farthest boundary,’ and this is correct as it does not signify being raised up.  This makes it clear that he came to the Tree and saw at its base, the rivers, which are soon to be mentioned, and he travelled towards al-Kawtsar.  What the narrator said later, ‘Then he was raised to the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit...’ indicates that the eighth ascension took place at that later point and that the present stage is only an exposition of his coming to the base of the Tree which is in the seventh heaven.  Another narration states that it is in the Sixth Heaven.  What harmonises the two is that its base is in the Sixth Heaven while its branches and trunk are in the Seventh.”

On top of each leaf there was an angel who covered it with colours which cannot be described.  Whenever he covered it by Allah’s (s.w.t.) Order, it would change.  One version says it would turn into sapphire and chrysolite the beauty of which it is impossible for anyone to praise according to what its merit.  On it were moths of gold.  From the base of the tree issued four more rivers: two hidden rivers and two visible ones.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “What are these, O Jibril?”

He replied, “As for the hidden ones, they are two rivers of Paradise.  The visible ones are the Nile and the Euphrates.”

Hafizh ibn Katsir (r.a.) said, “What is meant by this, and Allah knows best, is that these two rivers”, referring to the Nile and the Euphrates, “resemble the rivers of Paradise in their purity and sweetness and fluidity and such of their qualities, as the Prophet (s.a.w.) said in the hadits narrated by Abu Hurayrah (r.a.), ‘al-‘ajwa min al-jannah,’ ‘Date pastry is from Paradise,’ that is, it resembles the fruit of Paradise, not that it itself originates in Paradise.  For if that were the meaning then the senses would testify to the contrary.  Therefore, the meaning which imposes itself is other than that.  Similarly, the source of origin of these rivers is on earth.”

One version says that at the base of the tree ran a source called Salsabil.  From it issued two rivers; one is al-Kawtsar.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “I saw it flowing impetuously, roaring, at the speed of arrows.  Near it were pavilions of pearl, sapphire, and chrysolite on top of which nested green birds more delicate than any you have ever seen.  On its banks were vessels of gold and silver.  It ran over pebbles made of sapphire and emerald.  Its water was whiter than milk.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) took one of the vessels and scooped some water and drank.  It was sweeter than honey and more fragrant than musk.  Jibril (a.s.) said to him, “This is the river which Allah has Given you as a Special Gift, and the other river is the River of Mercy.”  The Prophet (s.a.w.) bathed in it and his past and future sins were Forgiven.

One version says that at the Lote Tree of the Farthest Limit, the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw Jibril (a.s.) in his angelic form.  He had six hundred wings.  Every single wing could cover the entire firmament.  From his wings embellishments were strewn in all directions, such as rare pearls and sapphires of a kind Allah (s.w.t.) Alone Knows.


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

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; those with something in their hues are a people who would mix good deeds with bad ones, then they repented and Allah Relented towards them.  As for these rivers, then the first is Allah’s Mercy, the second His Favour and the third and their Lord Gave them a pure beverage to drink.”


… and their Lord will Give to them to drink of a Wine Pure and Holy. (Surah al-Insan:21)

Then the Prophet (s.a.w.) was told, “This is your place and the place of your ummah.”  He saw that his ummah were divided into two halves: one half were wearing clothes that seemed as white as a blank page, the other were wearing clothes that seemed the colour of ashes or dust.  He entered the Bayt al-Ma’mur and those who were wearing the white clothes entered with him.  Those that wore ash-coloured clothes were no longer able to see him, and yet they were in the best of states.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) prayed in the Bayt al-Ma’mur together with those of the believers that were with him.

Every day seventy thousand angels enter the Bayt al-Ma’mur, who shall never return to it until the Day of Resurrection.  This House is exactly superposed to the Ka’bah.  If one stone fell from it, it would fall on top of the Ka’bah.  The angels who have entered it never see it again.

One version states that the presentation of the three vessels, the Prophet’s (s.a.w.) choice of the vessel of milk, and Jibril’s (a.s.) approval took place at this point.

Imam ath-Thabarani (r.a.) cited this hadits, with a sound chain, “The night I was enraptured, I passed by the heavenly host, and lo and behold, Jibril was like the worn-out saddle-cloth on the camel’s back from fear of his Lord.”  One of Imam al-Bazzar’s (r.a.) narrations stated, “like a saddle-blanket that clings to the ground.”

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi (q.s.) said, “Of the same meaning is the hadits, ‘kun hilsan min ahlasi baytik’, ‘Be one of the saddle blankets of your house,’ that is: keep to it in times of dissension.”


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

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, “Order your ummah to increase their seedlings of Paradise for its soil is excellent and its land is plentiful.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “What are the seedlings of Paradise?”

He replied, “Laa hawla wa la quwwata illa bi Allah al-‘Aliy al-A’azhim” which means, “There is no strength nor might except with Allah the High, the Almighty.”  Another version says, “Convey my greetings to your ummah and tell them that Paradise has excellent soil and sweet water, and that its seedlings are, ‘Subhanallah wa al-Hamdulillah wa laa ilaha illa Allah wa Allahu Akhbar.’”


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

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 besides these there are seventy thousand of them that will enter Paradise without giving account.”

As they went in the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw Musa ibn ‘Imran (a.s.) again, a tall man with abundant hair.  If he had two shirts on him, still his hair would exceed them.  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 and said, “The people claim that among the sons of Adam, I am more Honoured by Allah than this one, but it is he who is more Honoured by Allah than I!”

When the Prophet (s.a.w.) reached him, Musa (a.s.) wept.  He was asked, “What is it that makes you weep?”

He replied, “I weep because a child that was sent after me will enter more people in Paradise from his ummah than will enter from mine.  The Children of Israel claim that among the children of Adam, I am the one most Honoured by Allah, but here is one man among the children of Adam who has come after me in the world while I am in the next world and is more Honoured.  If he were only by himself I would not mind, but he has his ummah with him!”

This is the proof of the famous saying of the master, Shaykh Abu Yazid al-Bistami (q.s.), “We have crossed an ocean on the shore of which the prophets stood befuddled.”  That is, we, the last ummah, have been Granted, in the person of the Seal of Prophets (s.a.w.), levels of knowledge, Election, and Divine Favour which previous prophets have longed to receive.  This does not contradict the tenet of Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah expressed by Imam ath-Thahawi (r.a.) in his ‘aqidah whereby, “A single prophet is higher in rank than all awliya’ put together.”


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

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 man who is beloved among his people, Harun ibn ‘Imran.”