The Night Journey, known as “Al-Isra” in Arabic, is a significant event in Islam. It refers to a miraculous night journey undertaken by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) from Mecca to Jerusalem (located today in the Palestianian West Bank) and then his ascenion to the heavens. This journey is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Isra (Chapter 17:1):
بْحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِۦ لَيْلًۭا مِّنَ ٱلْمَسْجِدِ ٱلْحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلْمَسْجِدِ ٱلْأَقْصَا ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكْنَا حَوْلَهُۥ لِنُرِيَهُۥ مِنْ ءَايَـٰتِنَآ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلْبَصِيرُ
Exalted is He who took His Servant [i.e., Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ)] by night from al-Masjid al-Ḥarām to al-Masjid al-Aqṣā, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.
The Night Journey took place during the 12th year of the Prophethood, which is approximately in the year 621 CE. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was transported from the Kaaba in Mecca to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by a divine conveyance known as Buraq. Then, from Jerusalem, the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) ascended through the heavens, visiting various realms and meeting several Prophets along the way, including Adam, Ibraheem, Musa, and Isa (ﷺ). He ultimately reached a point near the presence of Allah (God), where he received various revelations and instructions, including the command for Muslims to perform the five daily prayers. After this divine encounter, he returned to Mecca.
The Night Journey and Ascension (Isra and Mi’raj) holds significant spiritual and theological importance in Islam. It serves as a confirmation of Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) prophethood and underscores the importance of prayer and faith in the life of a Muslim. It also highlights the interconnectedness of the Abrahamic faiths, as it involves encounters with several prominent Prophets from Jewish and Christian traditions.
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