BY Mufti Aashiq Ilahi Bulandshahri
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book discusses in detail the incident of the Méraj Shareef as it has been
described in the books of Hadith, Tafseer and Seerah. It also describes the
conditions of the higher and lower realms as witnessed by Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Included also, are the accounts of riding the Buraaq, leading the Ambiyyaa (AS) in
Salaah, ascending the heavens, meeting the Ambiyaa there, and receiving a warm
welcome from them. Also explained, is the way in which Moosa (AS) had
repeatedly advised Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to request Allah Ta’ala to reduce the number
of compulsory Salaah from fifty to five. The author has also depicted scenes of the
Sidratul Muntahaa and the Albaytul Maámoor. The book also explains Rasulullah
Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam’s entry into Jannah, his seeing of Jahannam, and other events in detail. It
also discusses the secrets and the wisdom behind the various events in the journey
of Méraj. Towards the end of the book, the author answers some of the objections
raised by skeptics, and those who deny the Meéraj of Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Extracts From The Book
THE TESTIMONY OF A PRIEST BEFORE HERACLIUS, THE EMPEROR OF
THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
In the 7th year of Hijra, Rasulullah (SAW) wrote letters addressed to kings inviting
them to Islam. One of these kings was Hercluis, the Emperor of Rome. Shaami was
in those days under his control and he was now in Shaami (Syria). Hadhrat Dhiya
Kalbi (RA), the messenger of Rasulullah (SAW) arrived in Shaami (Syria) with the
letter addressed to him. Hadhrat Dihya Kalbi (RA) delivered the letter to the
governor in Basra who then sent it to Hercluis asked his people to see if there were
ant people from Arabia around who could be brought before him to tell him more
about this person Muhammad (SAW) who had written this letter to him.
Subsequently, the delegation from Makkah was brought before the court of
Hercluis. He asked them, “Who amongst you is the closest relative to the person
(Muhammad) who claims himself to be the prophet of Allah”? Abu Sufyaan was
also part of this delegation and replied that he was. Hercluis said to him that he was
going to ask him some questions he would have to give correct answers. Abu
Sufyaan was at that time not a Muslim and vehemently opposed to Nabi (SAW).
He desired to say such things concerning Rasulullah (SAW) and cause Haracluis to
reject the proclamation of the Prophethood of Rasulullah (SAW) as false.
After much deliberation, Abu Sufyaan mentioned that Nabi (SAW) claims that in
one night he travelled from Makkah to Baitul Maqdis and returned to Makkah
before the break of dawn. Abu Sufyaan’s intention was to mention something
regarding Nabi (SAW) which would immediately lead him to have reservations
about Rasulullah (SAW). But what happened instead, was that when one of the
Christian priests standing nearby heard the words of Abu Sufyaan, he exclaimed,
“yes, I know which night it was (When some people came there and performed
their Salaah), looking at him Hercules said : “What do you know of him?” he
replied that every night before sleeping, he would close the door of Baitul Maqdis.
That night, while closing all the doors, “I was unable to close one of them”. Some
of the people around there helped me. But when we all tried to close it, it just
wouldn’t move. It seemed as if we were trying to move a mountain from its place.
In the end I left the doors open. But when I returned in the morning, I saw, in the
corner of the Masjid, a hole carved in the stone and evident signs of an animal
having been tied to it. Seeing all this, I said to my companions, ‘that it seemed as if
this door had been deliberately kept open for the coming/arrival of a prophet and
that he had performed Salaah in this Masjid (Tafseer Ibn Katheer Vol. 3 page 24).
SOME OF THE THINGS WITNESSED DURING THE NIGHT OF MÉRAJ
On the journey of Meraj Rasulullah (SAW) saw many things which have been
recorded at different places in the books of Hadith and its commentaries. These
have been recorded by Imaam Bayhaqi. In his Dalaalun Nubuwwah (Vol. 2) and
Hafiz Nuruddin Hayshami in Majm’auz Zawaad (Vol. 1) and by Allam
Muhammad Bin Muhammad Sulaiman Al-Maghrib Al Radani in Jamu’l Fawaaid
(Vol. 3) (printed in Madinah AlMunawwarah) and Hafiz Ibn Katheer in his Tafseer
and by Allamah Hishaam in his Seerah. Much of what was witnessed in the realm
of the heavens has already appeared in the previous pages. Now we shall mention
some of what was witnessed in the Aalam-e-Sufla (lower realm).
1 SEEING HADHRAT MOOSA (as) PERFORM SALAAH IN HIS GRAVE
It has been related by Hadhrat Anas (RA) that Rasulullah (SAW) has said, “On the
night in which I was taken on the journey, I passed by Moosa (AS) while he was
performing Salaah in his grave”.
2 NABI (saw) PASSES BY PEOPLE WHOSE LIPS WERE BEING SLASHED
Hadhrat Anas (RA) narrates that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “On the night on which I
was taken on Meraj I saw some people whose lips were being cut open with
scissors of fire”, I asked Jibraeel (SA) who these people were. He replied that they
are the Khateeb (orators) who command people to do good deeds while forgetting
themselves. In another version it says “They are the sermonizers (of your Ummah)
who used to say such things which they themselves would not do. They would read
the words of Allah without themselves practicing upon them”.
3 PEOPLE SCRAPING THEIR CHESTS WITH THEIR FINGERNAILS
Hadhrat Anas (RA) narrates that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “On the night in which I
was taken on the journey, we passed by people who had fingernails of brass and
they were scrapping their own faces and chests with their nails. I asked Jibraeel
(AS) who they were. He replied that they were those who used to eat the flesh of
others (i.e. backbite about them) and always smear their reputation. (Abu Dawood
in Mishkat pg. 249).
4 THE EVIL PLIGHT OF THE CONSUMERS OF INTEREST
It has been narrated by Hadhrat Abu Huraira (RA) that Rasulullah (SAW) said,
“On the night of Meraj I passed by people with bellies as huge as houses (of
people) and within their bellies were snakes which were visible from the outside. I
asked Jibraeel (AS) who they were. He replied that they were those who consume
5 THE ANGELS EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF CUPPING
Hadhrat Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Among the
things I was shown, was that every group of Angels we passed by, told me to
command my Ummah to practice cupping (Mishkatul Masaabih pg. 1389 from
Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).
The custom of cupping was very much in vague among the Arabs. It is a way of
letting out bad and excess blood from the body and an excellent cure for the
disease of blood pressure which is so common today. People have totally
abandoned this practice today. Rasulullah (SAW) used to have his head and
shoulders cupped (Ibid).
6 THE REWARD OF THE MUJAHIDEEN (THOSE WHO STRIVE IN THE
PATH OF ALLAH)
Hadhrat Abu Huraira (RA) reports that Nabi (SAW) was travelling with Jibraeel
(AS) when they passed by a group of people who were sowing seeds into the
ground and on the same day harvesting the crops. Immediately thereafter, the seeds
would be again sown into the ground and the entire process would be repeated.
When Nabi (SAW) asked Jibraeel (AS) who those people were, he replied that
they were those who strived in the path of Allah. The reward for their every good
deed was multiplied seven hundred fold and for whatever they would spend, Allah
Ta’ala would certainly reward them.
7 PEOPLE’S HEADS CRUSHED WITH ROCKS
Nabi (SAW) passed by another group of people whose heads were being crushed
by boulders. After being crushed, their heads would again resume their shape only
to be crushed again. This process would continue unabated. Nabi (SAW) asked
Jibraeel (AS) who they were. He replied that they were those who were neglectful
of their Salaah. During the time of Salaah, they would remain asleep.
8 THE DESPICABLE STATE OF THOSE WHO REFUSE TO DISCHARGE
Then they passed by another group of people whose private parts from the front
and behind were engulfed in flames of fire which were leaping like camels and
cattle. They were eating daree and Zaqqum (i.e. A thorny and terrible tree mixed
with stones). Rasulullah (SAW) asked who these people were. Jibraeel (AS)
replied, “They were those who would not discharge the Zakah of their wealth.
9 PEOPLE EATING DECAYED MEAT (CARRION)
Nabi (SAW) passed by a group of people in front of whom was some cooked meat
in a pot. In another pot nearby, was some raw and decayed meat. These people
were eating the decayed meat and ignoring the cooked meat. Rasulullah (SAW)
asked Jibraeel (AS) who they were and he replied that they were those men of the
Ummah who, despite having their own lawful and pure wives, would spend the
night in the company of adulteresses and despicable women and remained with
them till the morning and they were those women of the Ummah who had left their
lawful and pure husbands to spend the night with adulterous and evil men.
10 A PERSON CARRYING A HUGE BUNDLE OF WOOD
Then Rasulullah (SAW) passed by a man in front of whom was a very large bundle
of wood which he couldn’t lift and yet he wanted to carry even more. Nabi (SAW)
asked who he was. Jibraeel (AS) replied that this was the person who, in spite of
being appointed a trustee of people’s belongings, had failed to discharge it. And
yet he was eager to accept more of the things of people as a trust.