Encounters during the Mi'raj: The Tables of Good Meat & Carrion

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.), accompanied by Jibril (a.s.), travelled until the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw a table spread on which there were pieces of good meat which no one approached, and another table spread on which were pieces of rotten meat which stank, surrounded by people who were eating it.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “O Jibril, who are these?”

He replied, “These are those of your ummah who abandon what is lawful and go to what is unlawful.”

One version said that the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw a great deal of people gathered around a table spread on which was set grilled meat of the best kind one had ever seen.  Near the table there was some carrion decaying.  The people were coming to the carrion to eat from it, and they were leaving the grilled meat untouched.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) asked, “Who are they, O Jibril?”

He replied, “The adulterers, they make lawful what Allah has Made unlawful, and they abandon what Allah has Made lawful for them.”


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