As Muslims, we are taught about the importance of Makkah and Madina and experience a feeling of connection with these two Holy Places. The 27th of Rajab is a date to be aware of because Masjid al-Aqsa is not frequently mentioned in great detail.
This day represents a journey that has never been repeated in human history and illustrates the great power of Allah.
What Is Shab-e-Miraj?
Al-Isra Wal-Miraj also called the Night of Miraj and Shab-e-Miraj. These words describe one of Allah’s most amazing experiences that Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Prophet ((PBUH) went on this incredible journey at a time when he was going through a very trying and difficult moment. The loss of two of his dearest loved ones put his emotions to the test.
It occurred when the Prophet (PBUH ) was awakened by Angel Jibra’eel (as), led to a white beast by the name of Buraq, and proceeded on his journey to Masjid Al-Aqsa. Jibra’eel (as) paused the Buraq during Al-Isra Wal-Miraj and instructed our beloved Prophet (PBUH ) to pray at various locations in order to underline the importance of going to the locations where Allah (swt) bestowed His bounties upon His righteous people. From worshiping at Musa’s grave (as), the tree where Allah talked to Musa (as), Mount Sinai (as), where Allah revealed the Torah, to Bethlehem (as), where Isa (as) was born.
The Prophet (PBUH ) was informed, upon landing at Masjid al-Aqsa, that the souls of all the Prophets sent by Allah from the time of Adam to the time of Isa had been brought to worship behind him, so that they may recognize the greatness of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH ).
The Second Part Of Miraj’s Night
During the second half of the Night of Miraj, Jibraeel(as) and the Prophet Muhammad traveled to the sky. He encountered eight prophets in the seven heavens throughout his ascent. “Welcome, O’ pious Prophet and pious brother,” each prophet said to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH ). [Bukhari]
At Sidratul Muntaha (a boundary beyond which none may cross), the highest point in the heavens, he was eventually brought into Allah’s holy presence by himself. It was at this location that Allah granted this ummah the gift of compulsory prayer.
Analyzing The Teachings Of Al-Isra Wal-Miraj
We must maximize our worship and good deeds in memory of this night by considering the lessons of Shab-e-Miraj. Being charitable and helping people in need are important Islamic principles, thus as Muslims, we must do all we can to assist.
Many of us wait till Ramadan to give, but have you ever considered the benefits of giving throughout Rajab—The Month of Allah?
Ramadan is the month of my Ummah, according to the Prophet (saw), but Sha’ban is my month. [Suyuti]