A Gift Through Isra’ And Mi’raj
Isra’ and Mi’raj are two important events in the Islamic history. Isra’ is the night journey of Rasulullah SAW from the Masjidil Haram in Makkah to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine.
Allah SWT recorded these events through the first verse of Surah Al-Isra’ which was read at the beginning of this sermon, and carries the following meaning: “Glory to (Allah SWT) Who did take His servant (Muhammad) for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to Al-Aqsa 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).”
While Mi’raj was Rasulullah SAW’s journey upwards, or ascension, to Heaven from the first level of Heaven until Sidratul Muntaha, as described by Allah SWT in Surah Al-Najm verses 13 to 18:Which means: “For indeed he saw him at a second descent, Near the Lote-tree beyond which none may pass: Near it is the Garden of Abode. Behold, the Lote-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!”
Imagine! The one-way journey by land today between Masjidil Haram in Makkah and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine takes up to nineteen (19) hours, at a distance of one thousand nine hundred (1,900) kilometres, and a journey to the nearest star takes about four years of travelling. The events of Isra’ and M’iraj, which Rasulullah SAW experienced, occurred within the same evening.
During Rasulullah SAW’s journey to Heaven and Hell, as described in books that record his life, he witnessed the torments of Hell received by persons who live off unjustified interests in the lending of money (riba’). Rasulullah SAW also witnessed the torture inflicted upon those who wrongfully live off the wealth or possessions of orphans, who committed adultery, and many others. All those images were displayed to remind us to be cautious in pursuing this life and avoid sin which could invite the wrath of Allah SWT.
In addition, the event was a great significance for Muslims as it was during this time the practice of performing the five daily solat was prescribed.
Solat can be viewed as a comprehensive and a continuous process of development in all aspects of an individual’s life, and also provides a strong structure in life for Muslims. The philosophies behind the solat are numerous, among them:
First: Solat is a proof of faith Performing solat reflects our exaltations of the religious creed prescribed upon us, and is proof of the power of faith in our hearts. Allah SWT declared in Surah Al-Hajj, verse 32: Which means: “Such (is his state): and whoever holds in honour the symbols of Allah, (in the sacrifice of animals), such (honour) should come truly from piety of heart.”
Second: The key to overcoming stress in our life Pain is a test from Allah SWT. As human beings, we will certainly be tested with predicaments such as fear, stress, and other shortcomings. There is no other way to have peace in life but to return to Allah SWT.
Allah SWT declared in Surah Ar-Ra'd, verse 28: Which means: "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.”
Third: Solat is the key to success History has proven that the triumph of Muslims began with prayers and the safeguarding of it. Allah SWT has rewarded those who perform the solat with many advantages, successes and security, as well as the protection from the torments of Hell.
Allah SWT decreed in Surah Al Mu’minun, verses 1 and 2:Which means: “The believers must (eventually) win through - Those who humble themselves in their prayers;”
To end the sermon today, the mimbar would like to invite everyone here to reflect upon some of the takeaways, as guidance and advice:
First: The events of Isra’ and Mi’raj are proof of Rasulullah SAW’s prophethood and serve as Muslims’ test of faith.
Secondly: Solat is the pillar of our religion. People who observe and preserve it will succeed in this world and in the Hereafter.
Third: The events of Isra’ and Mi’raj is a miracle bestowed upon Rasulullah SAW. Such events demand reflection deep within our hearts and soul, in order for them to always become part of the way of life for all Muslims.
Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Ankabut, verse 45:Which means: “Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to you, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that you do.”