Lessons From The Journey Of The Noble One
The arrival of the month of Rejab touches the souls of Muslims all over the world, especially when reminiscing the great event that happened to our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, namely Isra' and Mi'raj (which is his night journey and ascension to Heaven).
The burden of da’wah work borne by Rasulullah SAW was great indeed, especially because it received strong opposition from the Arabs and in all angles.
Rasulullah SAW started the journey from Makkah, headed towards Palestine, and subsequently transported through the layers of Heaven before arriving at Sidratul Muntaha. Allah SWT stated in Surah al-Isra ', paragraph 1: Which means: “Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who hears and sees (all things)”.
The event took place in less than a night, after which the Prophet SAW returned to Makkah. It was a great miracle that has never been accorded to any man, even to the earlier prophets.
The Khatib would like to bring attention of the audience to verses 13 to 18, Surah al-Najm, which was read earlier in the sermon: Which means: “And he (Muhammad) saw him once again, near Sidra-tulMuntaha (the Lotte-tree at the farthest end of the seven heavens, beyond which none can pass). Near it is Janna-tul-M'awa (the rest-house of paradise). Behold the Lotte-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!) (His) sight never swerved nor did it go wrong! For truly did he see of the Signs of his Lord the Greatest!”
Isra' and Mikraj experienced by Rasulullah SAW has many implications and lessons. Among them is the obligatory five-times-a-day daily prayers. This command is one of the pillars of Islam and is a prerequisite to enter the Paradise of Allah SWT.
Imam Muslim Rahimahullah recorded a Hadith as narrated by Jabir bin Abdillah RA: Which means: "A man asked the Prophet, he said: What are your views if I pray with the prayers that have been required (five daily prayers), fasting in the month of Ramadan, enjoin good and forbid evil, and I do not add anything more to such things. Will I go to heaven? Rasulullah SAW answered: Yes. The man said: By Allah, I will not add anything more to those things."
Through authenticated records, Rasulullah SAW was shown Paradise and Hell, as well as its dwellers, during the Isra and Mi'raj. This reinforces the fact that the reward of Paradise and the punishment of Hell are true. Secondly, it is indeed the place for all mankind to return to.
Life in this world only acts as a testing ground for all mankind. Thus, there is no choice but for mankind to obey the commands of Allah SWT who had created them. Disobeying His commands by committing sin and wrongdoing will invite His wrath.
The world today has witnessed the spread of evil regardless of gender. This hadith, narrated by Ibn Abbas RA and recorded by Imam al-Bukhari rahimahullah: ِ ل َعَنَ رَسُولُ تَشَب ِهِينَ مِ ْن الرِ جَا ِل بِالن ِسَاء عَلَيْهِ وَ َسَّل مَ الْمُ ُ َّ ه ََلَّ ى الل َّ هِ الل ، وَالْم ُت َشَب ِه َاتِ مِنْ بِالرِ جَا ِل ِ الن ِسَاء . )رواه البخاري( Which means: "Rasulullah SAW curses the men who make themselves look like women and women who look like men."
Life in this world is very short. Mankind’s resolve and capacity are also very limited. How unfortunate we are because when we perform a task, we tend to take its value as limited only to this world rather than extending it to the Afterlife, an eternal world.
To end today’s sermon, let us reflect upon these takeaways as a reminder and guidance for all of us:
First: Isra’ and Mikraj was a great event, and a gift from Allah SWT to Rasulullah SAW.
Second: Performing the five daily prayers is an obligation that must be fulfilled by every Muslim.
Third: Stay away from wrongdoing and evil, and try to always cleanse the soul.
As declared by Allah SWT in Surah al-Nur, verse 21: Which means: “O, you who believe! Follow not Satan's footsteps: if any will follow the footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, not one of you would ever have been pure: but Allah does purify whom He pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and knows (all things).”