There is something about night time that would calm the weary soul and the lost, confused mind – one who is suffering in silence. It has the capability to heal broken hearts in their sujood in a third of the night despite the loneliness that the night is often associated with.
On the same night, as tonight – , about a few thousand years ago – there was a man who was in a state of distress, for his duty was so heavy it would break the bones of an ordinary man.
It was none other than our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Brief History of Isra’ and Miraj
About a year before Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated from Makkah to Madinah, he experienced a miraculous turn of events that changed the course of Islamic history.
Rasullullah (PBUH) travelled from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to the seven heavens via riding a heavenly creature named Buraq. In the heavens, Rasulullah (PBUH) encountered the great past prophets and at the highest level, he was honoured with the experience of the Divine Presence. In the span of one worldly night, he returned to Makkah with a renewed hope and faith to continue to convey the message of truth to the people of Makkah.
The following day, he narrated the event and caused a stir of reactions. The believers were so shaken by the extraordinary nature of the night’s journey and wholeheartedly believed in the miraculous event, despite it being mocked by the disbelievers.
Reflections on the Miraculous Night
This remarkable story is not just another story but it holds a deeper, profound meaning that we can learn.
The nocturnal journey not only prepared – spiritually and physically – Rasulullah (PBUH) and the believers for the challenging and dangerous migration from Makkah to Madinah in the following year,but it also restored their faith and hope to prevail in difficult times. During this period, the believers in Makkah were physically tortured in ways we cannot even imagine. Some disbelievers even plotted to kill Rasulullah (PBUH) but failed to do so. Migration was essential to escape this torture and persecution.
Let me put this in the context of the current times; just imagine, having to leave your home – everything that you built and hold dear to – so that you can seek asylum somewhere safer for your family. How would you prepare for this journey? Just imagine being in our brothers’ and sisters’ shoes who are seeking refuge for better opportunities in life.
Isra’ and Mi’raj, in essence, was a consolation from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to our beloved Rasulullah (PBUH) with a simple, yet profound message that everything was going to be alright. Everything is in Allah SWT’s control. It was effortless for Allah SWT to bring him from Jerusalem to the heavens, and back to Earth – let alone the journey that is within this Earthly realm; from Makkah to Madinah.
Just as the night was a hope to Rasulullah (PBUH) and the believers back in Makkah, it should too be a night of hope to us. In fact, this message of hope should be carried with us whenever we feel like we are in a dark place in our lives. As long as we establish our prayers and have the Quran by our side, there is light at the end of the tunnel – as cliché as that sounds. And whatever situation that we are hoping to enter, or get out of: there is a solution. We just have to be more mindful and realise that without the Divine intervention, we will never find clarity of purpose in our lives, right?
“And say, ‘My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority.’ ” (Surah Al-Isra: 80)
Disclaimer: Allah SWT knows best. Facts compiled and Inspired by (not affiliated) Nouman Ali Khan’s Khutbah on Surah Al-Israa and IslamiCity.Org. I would highly recommend listening to NAK’s khutbah for a better and in-depth understanding.