Shab-e-Miraj or Isra Night observed in the Holy Month of Rajab by Muslims all over the world. As Muslim children, we are told about the significance of Makkah and Madina, we feel a sense of closeness to these two Holy Places. Yet the holiness of Masjid al-Aqsa doesn’t always get a significant mention – which is why the 27th of Rajab is a date worth remembering!
This date marks a journey that has no parallel in human history and portrays the power of Allah that is beyond the horizons of human comprehension.
WHAT IS SHAB – E – MIRAJ?
Shab e Miraj or the Night of Journey carries great significance in Islam. It was the night when the Prophet (PBUH) was carried to the Heavens and experienced several miracles along the way.
Shab – e – Miraj, also known as Al-Isra Wal-Miraj and the Night of Miraj. These terms are used to portray one of the most miraculous experiences that Allah had bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). This incredible journey took place during a time when the Prophet (ﷺ) was facing intense hardship and pain. His emotions were tested with the passing of two of the most beloved people in his life.
It all started when Angel Jibra’eel (as) woke the Prophet (ﷺ) up and led him to a white beast named Buraq and commenced his journey to Masjid Al – Aqsa. During Al-Isra Wal-Miraj, Jibra’eel (as) stopped the Buraq and told our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) to pray at several places to emphasise the importance of visiting the places in which Allah (swt) bestowed His bounties upon His pious people. From praying near the tree where Allah spoke to Musa, by praying on Mount Sinai, where Allah gave the revelation of the Torah, the grave of Musa (as) and at Bethlehem, where Isa (as) was born. When finally arriving in Masjid al-Aqsa, the Prophet (ﷺ) was informed that the soul of every Prophet sent by Allah from the time of Adam to the time of Isa was brought to pray behind him, so that they would come to know the superiority, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
THE SECOND PART OF THE NIGHT OF MIRAJ
During the second part of the Night of Miraj, Prophet Muhammad’s rose to the heavens with Jibra’eel (as). During the ascension, he met eight prophets in the seven heavens. Each prophet greeted Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) with, “Welcome, O’ pious Prophet and pious brother!” [Bukhari]
When he finally reached the highest level in the heavens, he was brought into the divine presence of Allah, alone at Sidratul Muntaha (a boundary beyond which none may pass) – it was here that Allah gave this ummah the gift of compulsory Salah.
REFLECTING ON THE LESSONS OF AL-ISRA WAL-MIRAJ
We need to commemorate this night by reflecting on the lessons of Shab – e – Miraj and maximising our worship and good deeds. Being charitable and providing for those in need is a fundamental value of being a good Muslim which is why we, as Muslims must give what we can to help.
Many of us wait till Ramadan to give but have you ever thought of the rewards you would reap if you gave in Rajab – The Month of Allah.
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha‘ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah’. [Suyuti]
The Isra Night or Shab-e-Miraj has so much significance because Allah Almighty blessed the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with His own sight. Allah Almighty Himself sent the Angel Gabriel-e-Ameen to call His last companion Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to blessed Him with His own sight. It is considered significant to worship on this Holy Night Isra. Furthermore, Shab-e-Miraj makes the belief of Muslims stronger because of miracles happened in Isra Night.