IN LESS THAN a month’s time, Muslims globally will commemorate the anniversary of the Night Journey or the “Israk Mikraj” or the miraculous Ascension of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon him) to the Heavens:
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“May you all be blessed by Allah… Let us strive to increase our Taqwa (complete and full devotion) to Allah. Fulfill all our duties and responsibilities. Increase our taqwa with the trust and confidence that when we fulfil our duties, we will be blessed with a successful life both in this world and the hereafter.
Translation of the first verse of Surah al-Israk: “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 hear and see (all things).”
In the blessed Islamic calendar month of Rejab, a very important event that happened to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) more than 1400 years ago i.e. the event of Israk and Mikraj. Through this event, the five daily prayers were made an obligation upon all Muslims. Israk is the night journey of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) from Masjidil Haram in Mekah to Masjidil al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. Mikraj was his ascension from Masjidil al-Aqsa to the highest heavens. The journey is to become a miraculous event that was bestowed solely upon Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace be upon him). He was given the sole privilege to meet Allah Subhannahu Wataala (the Lord of the Universe) at the Sidratil Muntaha, a place never reached by any man nor any angel before him.
It was through this miraculous journey that Allah emphasised further His revelations and teachings to the Prophet, and that what the Prophet had taught and preached to the Ummah (followers) all come from Allah Subhannahu Wataala as can be found in Surah an-Najm verse 1-4 of the Holy Quran:
“By the Star when it goes down. Your Companion (i.e. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.) is neither astray nor being misled. Nor does he speak out of desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him.”
It was during this ‘rocket science-defying’ journey of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he was also shown several punishments for those who went against the guidance of Allah the Almighty. Those who neglect their prayers, those who did not pay the “Zakat” or Tithe, those who fornicate, those who misuse or abuse the property of the orphans, those who were not trustworthy and many others. As was narrated by a Hadith or a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (Peace be upon him):
Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 2: Belief Volume 1, Book 2, Number 28: Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas:
The Prophet (Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” It was asked, “Do they disbelieve in Allah?” (or are they ungrateful to Allah?) He replied, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds) done to them. If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking), she will say, ‘I have never received any good from you.”
(Heaven lies beneath the feet of a woman’s husband for Muslim wives — lest all wives forget!)
The above is only one of very severe punishments. Punishments that none of us at all would ever want to go through nor can we bear. But this is exactly where the mercy and “Rahmah” of Allah is. Though He punishes, but He informs the Ummah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam well in advance. This is to deter us. This is to prevent us. This is to protect us. So that we may take heed. So that we will do our duties. So that we will be responsible individuals. So that we will not be punished for being neglectful.
Hopefully, when we fulfill all our duties, and we perform our prayers, and we remain patient and resilient in facing challenges, tests, trials and tribulations in life, Insya Allah (God Willing), we will become among those Believers who will succeed both in this temporary world and the Hereafter (much more permanent), Amin Ya Rabbal Aalamin.”