ISRA’ AND MI’RAJ
السّلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاتة
اَلحَمْدُ لِلهِ الَّذِي خَلَّدَ لِعِبَدِ هِ بِا لْإِسْرَ اءِ وَ الِمعْرَا جِ مُعْجِزَ ةً عُظْمَي. أَشْهَدَ أَنَّ لَا اِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَ حْدَهُ لَا شَرِ يْكَ لَهُ, وَ اَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدً ا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْ لُهُ, اللهم صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ عَلىَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَلىَ اَلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِيْنَ.
أَمَا بَعْدُ :
Praise be to Allah, the god who perpetuates His Servants with ‘isra and mi’raj. He perpetuates it by making this story as the great miracle. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, there is no partner with Him. I also bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon Him is His servant and His messenger. May peace and prayer be upon our adoration Muhammad, his family and all of his discipline.
Allah said in His noble Sacred Book. Verses al-Isra ayat 1,
أَعُوْذُ بِا اللهِ مِنَ الشَّيطَا نِ الرَّجِيْمِ. شُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَي بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ المَسْجِدِ الحَرَامِ إِ لَى المَسْجِدِ الأَ قْصَى الَّذِي بَا رَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ اَيَا تِنَا, إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيْعُ البَصِيْرُ. صَدَقَ اللهُ العَظِيْمُ.
“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 sign; for He is the one who hearth and seeth (all things) ”
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The event of isra Mi’raj is one of miracles of our prophet saw. Allah honors our great prophet deeply with this miracle when he experienced painful and frightening luck. At that time, the disbelievers tortured the messenger with the smartest tortures, interfered with his missionary endeavor by employing various manners, shattered his followers and disciples. All of these painful suffering took its climax after his uncle and his wife passed away. Abu Thalib, the messenger’s uncle who used to protect Islamic endeavor, and Khadijah, the messenger’s wife who use to be his partner when he was suffering, passed away at mostly the same time.
The events certainly sadden him very much. He was really sad with the demise of his two protectors. With the heavyhearted, he went to thaif land in order to get new endorsement. He expected that in this new land he found people who would be ready to help his religious endeavor. Unfortunately, what he found was that the thaif people suddenly pelted him with stones until his feet were bloody. He got more sad and confused for seeing the developing his mission. In his most confusion and sadness, Allah honored him deeply by talking him to have isra and mi’raj. These two events were for affirming and calming down the messenger’s heart. Allah showered the messenger with mercy and nobelty from sidratul muntaha. Beside him was heaven which was ready to say. In sidratul muntaha, he saw the glory and the greatness of Allah, a view that could not be seen by anyone but the messenger. He got full of spirit and was really comforted with this journey which brought happiness.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemens, my brothers and sisters in faith and religion
In journey of isra and mi’raj he also witnessed many odd events which could be lessons for the Muslims. Among other this thing is what was told by Abu Horairoh ra that the messenger said that:
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَ يْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَ رَسُوْ لَ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ قال: رَأَيْتُ لَيْلَةً أُسْرِيَ بِي لَمَا انْتَهَيْتُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ السَابِعَةِ فَنَظَرْتُ فَوْقِي فَإِذَ أَنَ بِرَعْدِ وَبُرُوْقِ وَصَوَاعِقِ. قَالَ: فَأَتَيْتُ عَلَى قَوْمٍ بُطُوْ نُهُمْ كَا البُيُوْ تِ فِيهَا الحَيَّةُ تَرَى مِنْ خَارِجِ بُطُوْ نِهِمْ. فَقُلْتُ يَاجِبْرِيْلُ مَنْ هَؤُلاَءِ؟ قَالَ : هَؤُلاَءِ اَكَلَةُ الرِّبَا. رَوَهُ اَحْمَدُ
“At the night I was taken to Isra’, that was when I arrived at the seventh sky, I was (an odd view). I saw upward, and suddenly, i found thunder, flash of lightning, and thunderbolt. I then came to a group of people whose stomaches were like a house containing snakes. The snakes could be been from outside their stomaches. I then asked, ‘O Jibril, who are they? He answered; they are people who used to eat usury”. This hadith was told by Imam Ahmad. At that night, the messenger also witnessed other events, all of which you can find in his narratives in the books hadith.
Dear brothers and sisters who are honored by Allah.
The event of isra’ and mi’raj is purposeful, and the real purpose is to bring the messenger to Allah, to receive His commandment to do five time prayers (sholat). The value of the reward of this five time prayers is the same with that of fifty five-time prayers as what was previously commanded. The messenger receive the commandment directly from Allah to be delivered directly to the human kind. In Islam prayer constitute the pillar of religion and the media of contact between human and Allah. Beside, prayer can also cause a close relationship among the Moslems anywhere they are. The most important thing we have to know in this occasion is that isra mi’raj is the miracles of the messengers were visible and could arise two different responses; those are encouraging people to be believer or event disbelievers. In addition, the visible miracles can end when the events have been finished. On the other hand, the miracle of the messenger Muhammad saw is always alive and eternal. The eternity is valid for each generation and never lasting. Even this continously experiences renewal all time. It speaks to the reason and encourages it to think.
Ladies and gentlemen!
Another thing which is important to remember is understanding the meaning of the must of doing prayer. By commemorating isra mi’raj the moslem are asked to think and understand the meaning of the must of doing prayer so that they will always keep this commandment. They are also asked to penetrate the essence and the use the prayer, so that they no disobey this must. It is prayer which can put the servant in contact with his God and wich distinct the believers and the disbelievers.
Allah swt said in His Noble Sacred Book QS. Al-Baqarah ayat 45-46:
وَاسْتَعِيْنُوْا بِا الصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ وَإِنَهَا لَكَبِرَةٍ إِلَا عَلَى الخَاشِعِينَ ألَّذِيْنَ يَظُنُّوْنَ أَنَّهُمْ مُلَاقُوْا رَبِهِمْ وَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَيِهِ رَاجِعِوْنَ. صدق الله العظيم.
“Nay, seek (Allah’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer; it is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit-Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their lord, and that they are return to Him”.
والسّلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاتة