By Dr. `Ali Al-Salabi
1- Every trial or tribulation is followed by some form of relief or reward. The three years that followed the seventh year of the Messenger of Allah’s Prophethood were replete with trials and hardships for the Prophet.
Yet, despite all of these hardships, the Prophet continued on course, patiently inviting people to Islam, not minding the hardships he had to continually face. It was then that the time was ripe for a great reward and consolation, one that took the form of a blessed and miraculous night journey first to Jerusalem and then upwards to the unseen world of the heavens.
2- The Prophet’s miraculous night journey was a precursor of a new stage in the Prophet’s Da`wah, for it occurred shortly before the Prophet’s migration to Al-Madinah. That new stage in the Prophet’s Da`wah involved the establishment of a Muslim country. Now, to be sure, Allah wanted the foundations of that country to be strong and firm; and the Prophet’s night journey helped achieve that end. For Allah made the night journey a test for the Muslims, to purge from their ranks those who had doubts and those whose hearts were diseased, and to make firm the believers who were sincere and strong in their faith.
3- As Muslims, we should be sure of our faith, so sure that we are willing to speak the truth even when we are afraid that others will make fun of us. Consider the faith and bravery of the Prophet, who openly described an event to the disbelievers that their perverse and limited minds could not even imagine, never mind accept. Even with the certainty of rejection and mockery from his people, the Prophet spoke without hesitation or fear, setting an ideal example for his nation, in terms of openly speaking the truth in front of the people of falsehood.
4- After the Prophet, the person who shined most after Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj was Abu Bakr. When the polytheists told him that the Prophet had just informed them about this night journey – and Abu Bakr had not yet heard about it – he did not in the least hesitate or waver in his faith, but instead immediately said, “If he said that, then he has spoken the truth. I indeed believe him concerning that which is more amazing than that. I believe him about news from the heavens, which comes in the morning or at the end of the day.’’ This statement sheds light not only on Abu Bakr’s strong faith, but also on his understanding and wisdom. Based on Abu Bakr’s response, he truly deserves the title, As-Siddiq (the most truthful).
5- That the Prophet led the Prophets in prayer proves that they submit to and agree upon his leadership; also, that they submit to the fact that the laws of Islam abrogate the laws that were sent down with all previous Prophets. In this there is a clear message for non-Muslims, whether Jews or Christians, that they should accept what their Prophets have accepted, by following the Seal of Prophets, the Prophet who was sent to all of mankind, and whose Shari`ah is binding and applicable until the Day of Resurrection.
6- In the Prophet’s miraculous night journey, a clear and strong link is established between Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem and Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah. That link has far-reaching implications for Muslims, such as the following:
To be continued…
Source: Taken with modifications from the author’s The Noble Life of the Prophet Muhammad.Source Link