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AL-ISRA’

THE NIGHT JOURNEY

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THE VIRTUES OF SURAT AL-ISRA’

Imam Al-Hafiz Abu `Abdullah Muhammad bin Isma`il Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn Mas`ud said concerning Surah Bani Isra`il (i.e., Surat Al-Isra’), Al-Kahf and Maryam: “They are among the earliest and most beautiful Surahs and they are my treasure.” Imam Ahmad recorded that `A’ishah said: “The Messenger of Allah used to fast until we would say, he does not want to break his fast, then he would not fast until we would say, he does not want to fast, and he used to recite Bani Isra’il and Az-Zumar every night.”

﴿ بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

﴿ سُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلاً۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُ ۥ لِنُرِيَهُ ۥ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِنَآ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡبَصِيرُ

(1. Glorified be He Who took His servant for a Journey by Night from Al-Masjid Al-Haram to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him of Our Ayat. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.)

THE ISRA’ (NIGHT JOURNEY)

Allah glorifies Himself, for His ability to do that which none but He can do, for there is no God but He and no Lord besides Him.

﴿ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ

(Who took His servant for a Journey) refers to Muhammad

﴿ لَيۡلاً۬

(by Night) means, in the depths of the night.

﴿ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ

(from Al-Masjid Al-Haram) means the Masjid in Makkah.

﴿ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا

(to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa,) means the Sacred House which is in Jerusalem, the origin of the Prophets from the time of Ibrahim Al-Khalil. The Prophets all gathered there, and he (Muhammad) led them in prayer in their own homeland. This indicates that he is the greatest leader of all, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and upon them.

﴿ ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُ ۥ

(the neighborhood whereof We have blessed) means, its agricultural produce and fruits are blessed

﴿ لِنُرِيَهُ ۥ

(in order that We might show him), i.e., Muhammad

﴿ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِنَآ‌ۚ

(of Our Ayat.) i.e., great signs. As Allah says:

﴿ لَقَدۡ رَأَىٰ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِ رَبِّهِ ٱلۡكُبۡرَىٰٓ

(Indeed he did see of the greatest signs, of his Lord (Allah).) (53:18) We will mention below what was narrated in the Sunnah concerning this.

﴿ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡبَصِيرُ

(Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.) means, He hears all the words of His servants, believers and disbelievers, faithful and infidel, and He sees them and gives each of them what he deserves in this world and the Hereafter. Hadiths about Al-Isra’

THE REPORT OF ANAS BIN MALIK

Imam Ahmad reported from Anas bin Malik that the Messenger of Allah said:

« أُتِيتُ بالْبُرَاقِ وَهُوَ دَابَّةٌ أَبْيَضُ فَوْقَ الْحِمَارِ وَدُونَ الْبَغْلِ، يَضَعُ حَافِرَهُ عِنْدَ مُنْتَهَى طَرَفِهِ، فَرَكِبْتُهُ فَسَارَ بِي حَتَّى أَتَيْتُ بَيْتَ الْمَقْدِسِ، فَرَبَطْتُ الدَّابَّةَ بِالْحَلَقَةِ الَّتِي يَرْبِطُ فِيهَا الْأَنْبِيَاءُ، ثُمَّ دَخَلْتُ فَصَلَّيْتُ فِيهِ رَكْعَتَيْنِ ثُمَّ خَرَجْتُ فَأَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ بِإِنَاءٍ مِنْ خَمْرٍ وَإِنَاءٍ مِنْ لَبَنٍ، فَاخْتَرْتُ اللَّبَنَ فَقَالَ جِبْرِيلُ: أَصَبْتَ الْفِطْرَةَ. قَالَ: ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِي إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ لَهُ: مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ. قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ. قِيلَ: وَقَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِآدَمَ فَرَحَّبَ بِي وَدَعَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ، ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الثَّانِيَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ لَهُ: مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ. قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ. قِيلَ: وَقَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ، فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِابْنَيِ الْخَالَةِ يَحْيَى وَعِيسَى فَرَحَّبَا بِي وَدَعَوَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الثَّالِثَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ لَهُ: مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ، قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ قِيلَ: وَقَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا، فَإِذَا أَنَا بِيُوسُفَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ، وَإِذَا هُوَ قَدْ أُعْطِيَ شَطْرَ الْحُسْنِ فَرَحَّبَ بِي وَدَعَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ. ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الرَّابِعَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ: مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ قِيلَ: وَقَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِإِدْرِيسَ فَرَحَّبَ بِي وَدَعَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ، ثُمَّ قَالَ: يَقُولُ اللهُ تَعَالَى:

(Al-Buraq was brought to me, and it was a white animal bigger than a donkey and smaller than a mule. One stride of this creature covered a distance as far as it could see. I rode on it and it took me to Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), where I tethered it at the hitching post of the Prophets. Then I entered and prayed two Rak`ahs there, and came out. Jibril brought me a vessel of wine and a vessel of milk, and I chose the milk. Jibril said: `You have chosen the Fitrah (natural instinct).’ Then I was taken up to the first heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Adam, who welcomed me and prayed for good for me. Then I was taken up to the second heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw the two maternal cousins, Yahya and `Isa, who welcomed me and prayed for good for me. Then I was taken up to the third heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Yusuf, who had been given the beautiful half. He welcomed me and prayed for good for me. Then I was taken up to the fourth heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Idris, who welcomed me and prayed for good for me. – then (the Prophet ) said: Allah says:

﴿ وَرَفَعۡنَـٰهُ مَكَانًا عَلِيًّا

(And We raised him to a high station) (19:57).

ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الْخَامِسَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ: مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ جِبْرِيلُ قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ قِيلَ: وَقَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِهَارُونَ فَرَحَّبَ بِي وَدَعَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ السَّادِسَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ قِيلَ: وَقَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِمُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فَرَحَّبَ بِي وَدَعَا لِي بِخَيْرٍ ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِنَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ السَّابِعَةِ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ جِبْرِيلُ فَقِيلَ مَنْ أَنْتَ؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ قِيلَ: وَقَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: قَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ. فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَإِذَا أَنَا بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ، وَإِذَا هُوَ مُسْتَنِدٌ إِلَى الْبَيْتِ الْمَعْمُورِ، وَإِذَا هُوَ يَدْخُلُهُ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ سَبْعُونَ أَلْفَ مَلَكٍ ثُمَّ لَا يَعُودُونَ إِلَيْهِ، ثُمَّ ذَهَبَ بِي إِلَى سِدْرَةِ الْمُنْتَهَى فَإِذَا وَرَقُهَا كَآذَانِ الْفِيَلَةِ، وَإِذَا ثَمَرُهَا كَالْقِلَالِ، فَلَمَّا غَشِيَهَا مِنْ أَمْرِ اللهِ مَا غَشِيَهَا تَغَيَّرَتْ فَمَا أَحَدٌ مِنْ خَلْقِ اللهِ تَعَالَى يَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ يَصِفَهَا مِنْ حُسْنِهَا. قَالَ: فَأَوْحَى اللهُ إِلَيَّ مَا أَوْحَى، وَقَدْ فَرَضَ عَلَيَّ فِي كُلِّ يَوْمٍ وَلَيْلَةٍ خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً فَنَزَلَتُ حَتَّى انْتَهَيْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى، قَالَ: مَا فَرَضَ رَبُّك عَلَى أُمَّتِكَ؟ قُلْتُ: خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً فِي كُلِّ يَوْمٍ وَلَيْلَةٍ، قَالَ: ارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ، فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ وَإِنِّي قَدْ بَلَوْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَخَبَرْتُهُمْ، قَالَ: فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى رَبِّي فَقُلْتُ أَيْ رَبِّ خَفِّفْ عَنْ أُمَّتِي فَحَطَّ عَنِّي خَمْسًا، فَنَزَلَتُ حَتَّى انْتَهَيْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: مَا فَعَلْتَ؟ فَقُلْتُ: قَدْ حَطَّ عَنِّي خَمْسًا فَقَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ، قَالَ: فَلَمْ أَزَلْ أَرْجِعُ بَيْنَ رَبِّي وَبَيْنَ مُوسَى وَيَحُطُّ عَنِّي خَمْسًا خَمْسًا حَتَّى قَالَ: يَا مُحَمَّدُ هُنَّ خَمْسُ صَلَوَاتٍ فِي كُلِّ يَوْمٍ وَلَيْلَةٍ بِكُلِّ صَلَاةٍ عَشْرٌ، فَتِلْكَ خَمْسُونَ صَلَاةً وَمَنْ هَمَّ بِحَسَنَةٍ فَلَمْ يَعْمَلْهَا كُتِبَتْ لَهُ حَسَنَةً، فَإِنْ عَمِلَهَا كُتِبَتْ عَشْرًا، وَمَنْ هَمَّ بِسَيِّئَةٍ فَلَمْ يَعْمَلْهَا لَمْ تُكْتَبْ شَيْئًا، فَإِنْ عَمِلَهَا كُتِبَتْ سَيِّئَةً وَاحِدَةً، فَنَزَلَتُ حَتَّى انْتَهَيْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَأَخْبَرْتُهُ، فَقَالَ: ارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلّم:
« لَقَدْ رَجَعْتُ إِلى رَبِّي حَتَّى اسْتَحْيَيْت »

(Then he resumed his narrative:) (Then I was taken up to the fifth heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Harun, who welcomed me and prayed for good for me. Then I was taken up to the sixth heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril. It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Musa, who welcomed me and prayed for good for me. Then I was taken up to the seventh heaven and Jibril asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who are you’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was asked, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `His Mission has started.’ So it was opened for us, and there I saw Ibrahim, who was leaning back against the Much-Frequented House (Al-Bayt Al-Ma`mur). Every day seventy thousand angels enter it, then they never come back to it again. Then I was taken to Sidrat Al-Muntaha (the Lote tree beyond which none may pass), and its leaves were like the leaves (ears) of elephants and its fruits were like jugs, and when it was veiled with whatever it was veiled with by the command of Allah, it changed, and none of the creatures of Allah can describe it because it is so beautiful. Then Allah revealed that which He revealed to me. He enjoined on me fifty prayers every day and night. I came down until I reached Musa, and he said, `What did your Lord enjoin on your Ummah’ I said, `Fifty prayers everyday and night.’ He said, `Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce (the burden) for your Ummah, for your Ummah will not be able to do that. I tested the Children of Israel and found out how they were.’ So I went back to my Lord and said, `O Lord, reduce (the burden) for my Ummah for they will never be able to do that.’ So He reduced it by five. I came back down until I met Musa and he asked me, `What did you do’ I said, `(My Lord) reduced (my burden) by five.’ He said, `Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce (the burden) for your Ummah.’ I kept going back between my Lord and Musa, and (my Lord) reduced it by five each time, until He said, `O Muhammad, these are five prayers every day and night, and for every prayer there is (the reward of) ten, so they are (like) fifty prayers. Whoever wants to do something good then does not do it, one good deed will be recorded for him, and if he does it, ten good deeds will be recorded for him. Whoever wants to do something evil and does not do it, no evil deed will be recorded for him, and if he does it, one evil deed will be recorded for him.’ I came down until I reached Musa, and told him about this. He said: `Go back to your Lord and ask him to reduce (the burden) for your Ummah, for they will never be able to do that.’ I had kept going back to my Lord until I felt too shy.) This version was also recorded by Muslim. Imam Ahmad recorded Anas saying that Al-Buraq was brought to the Prophet on the Night of the Isra’ with his saddle and reins ready for riding. The animal shied, and Jibril said to him: “Why are you doing this By Allah, no one has ever ridden you who is more honored by Allah than him.” At this, Al-Buraq started to sweat. This was also recorded by At-Tirmidhi, who said it is Gharib. Ahmad also recorded that Anas said: “The Messenger of Allah said:

« لَمَّا عَرَجَ بِي رَبِّي عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَرَرْتُ بِقَوْمٍ لَهُمْ أَظْفَارٌ مِنْ نُحَاسٍ يَخْمِشُونَ بِهَا وُجُوهَهُمْ وَصُدُورَهُمْ، فَقُلْتُ: مَنْ هؤُلَاءِ يَا جِبْرِيلُ؟ قَالَ: هَؤُلَاءِ الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ لُحُومَ النَّاسِ وَيَقَعُونَ فِي أَعْرَاضِهِم »

(When I was taken up to my Lord (during Al-Mi’raj), I passed by people who had nails of copper with which they were scratching their faces and chests. I asked, `Who are these, O Jibril’ He said, `These are those who ate the flesh of the people ﴿i.e., backbiting and slandered their honor.’) This was also recorded by Abu Dawud. Anas also said that the Messenger of Allah said:

« مَرَرْتُ لَيْلَةَ أُسْرِيَ بِي عَلَى مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ قَائِمًا يُصَلِّي فِي قَبْرِه »

(On the night when I was taken on my Night Journey (Al-Isra’), I passed by Musa, who was standing, praying in his grave.) This was also recorded by Muslim.

THE REPORT OF ANAS BIN MALIK FROM MALIK BIN SA`SA`AH

Imam Ahmad recorded that Anas bin Malik said that Malik bin Sa`sa`ah told him that the Prophet of Allah told them about the night in which he was taken on the Night Journey (Al-Isra’). He said:

« بَيْنَمَا أَنَا فِي الْحَطِيمِ وَرُبَّمَا قَالَ قَتَادَةُ: فِي الْحِجْرِ مُضْطَجِعًا إِذْ أَتَانِي آتٍ، فَجَعَلَ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ الْأَوْسَطِ بَيْنَ الثَّلَاثَةِ قَالَ فَأَتَانِي فَقَدَّ سَمِعْتُ قَتَادَةَ يَقُولُ: فَشَقَّ مَا بَيْنَ هَذِهِ إِلَى هَذِه »

(While I was lying down in Al-Hatim (or maybe, Qatadah said, in Al-Hijr) ‘someone came to me and said to his companion, `The one who is in the middle of these three.’ He came to me and opened me.) I ﴿one of the narrators heard Qatadah say, `split me – from here to here.’ Qatadah said: “I said to Al-Jarud, who was beside me, `What does that mean’ He said, `From the top of his chest to below his navel’, and I heard him say, `from his throat to below his navel’. The Prophet said:

« فَاسْتُخْرِجَ قَلْبِي قَالَ فَأُتِيتُ بِطَسْتٍ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مَمْلُوءَةٍ إِيمَانًا وَحِكْمَةً فَغُسِلَ قَلْبِي ثُمَّ حُشِيَ ثُمَّ أُعِيدَ ثُمَّ أُتِيتُ بِدَابَّةٍ دُونَ الْبَغْلِ وَفَوْقَ الْحِمَارِ أَبْيَض »

(He took out my heart and brought a golden vessel filled with faith and wisdom. He washed my heart then filled it up and put it back, then a white animal was brought to me that was smaller than a mule and larger than a donkey.) Al-Jarud said, `Was this Al-Buraq, O Abu Hamzah’ He said, `Yes, and its stride covered a distance as far as it could see.’ The Prophet said:

« فَحُمِلْتُ عَلَيْهِ فَانْطَلَقَ بِي جِبْرِيلُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ حَتَّى أَتَى بِي إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَاسْتَفْتَحَ، فَقِيلَ: مَنْ هَذَا؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ، قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ، قِيلَ: أَوَ قَدْ أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: نَعَمْ فَقِيلَ: مَرْحَبًا بِهِ وَلَنِعْمَ الْمَجِيءُ جَاءَ قَالَ فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَلَمَّا خَلَصْتُ فَإِذَا فِيهَا آدَمُ عَلَيهِ السَّلَامُ، قَالَ: هَذَا أَبُوكَ آدَمُ فَسَلِّمْ عَلَيْهِ، فَسَلَّمْتُ عَلَيْهِ فَرَدَّ السَّلَامَ ثُمَّ قَالَ: مَرْحَبًا بِالْابْنِ الصَّالِحِ وَالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ، قَالَ فَلَمَّا تَجَاوَزْتُهُ بَكَى قِيلَ لَهُ: مَا يُبْكِيكَ؟ قَالَ: أَبْكِي لأَنَّ غُلَامًا بُعِثَ بَعْدِي يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مِنْ أُمَّتِهِ أَكْثَرُ مِمَّا يَدْخُلُهَا مِنْ أُمَّتِي. قَالَ: ثُمَّ صَعِدَ حَتَّى أَتَى السَّمَاءَ السَّابِعَةَ فَاسْتَفْتَحَ قِيلَ: مَنْ هَذَا؟ قَالَ: جبْرِيلُ، قِيلَ: وَمَنْ مَعَكَ؟ قَالَ: مُحَمَّدٌ، قِيلَ: أَوَ قَدْ بُعِثَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: نَعَمْ، قِيلَ: مَرْحَبًا بِهِ وَلَنِعْمَ الْمَجِيءُ جَاءَ، قَالَ: فَفُتِحَ لَنَا فَلَمَّا خَلَصْتُ فَإِذَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فَقَالَ: هَذَا إبْرَاهِيمُ فَسَلِّمْ عَلَيْهِ قَالَ: فَسَلَّمْتُ عَلَيْهِ فَرَدَّ السَّلَامَ، ثُمَّ قَالَ: مَرْحَبًا بِالْابْنِ الصَّالِحِ وَالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ ثُمَّ رُفِعَتْ إِلَيَّ سِدْرَةُ الْمُنْتَهَى فَإِذَا نَبْقُهَا مِثْلُ قِلَالِ هَجَرَ، وَإِذَا وَرَقُهَا مِثْلُ آذَانِ الْفِيَلةِ، فَقَالَ: هَذِهِ سِدْرَةُ الْمُنْتَهَى، قَالَ: وَإِذَا أَرْبَعَةُ أَنْهَارٍ: نَهْرَانِ بَاطِنَانِ وَنَهْرَانِ ظَاهِرَانِ، فَقُلْتُ: مَا هَذَا يَا جِبْرِيلُ؟ قَالَ: أَمَّا الْبَاطِنَانِ فَنَهْرَانِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ، وَأَمَّا الظَّاهِرَانِ فَالنِّيلُ وَالْفُرَاتُ قَالَ ثُمَّ رُفِعَ إِلَيَّ الْبَيْتُ الْمَعْمُور »

(I was mounted upon it and Jibril brought me to the first heaven, and asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who is this’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was said, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `Yes.’ It was said, `Welcome to him, blessed is the one who comes.’ So it was opened for us and when I entered, I saw Adam. (Jibril) said, `This is your father Adam, greet him.’ So I greeted him, and he returned the greeting then said, `Welcome to the righteous son and righteous Prophet.’ Then I was taken up to the fifth heaven, and (Jibril) asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who is this’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was said, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `Yes.’ It was said, `Welcome to him, blessed is the one who comes.’ So it was opened for us and when I entered, I saw Harun. (Jibril) said, `This is Harun, greet him.’ So I greeted him, and he returned the greeting then said, `Welcome to the righteous brother and righteous Prophet.’ Then I was taken up to the sixth heaven, and (Jibril) asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who is this’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad.’ It was said, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `Yes.’ It was said, `Welcome to him, blessed is the one who comes.’ So it was opened for us and when I entered, I saw Musa. (Jibril) said, `This is Musa, greet him.’ So I greeted him, and he returned the greeting then said, `Welcome to the righteous brother and righteous Prophet.’ When I passed by him, he wept, and it was said to him, `Why are you weeping’ He said, `I am weeping because a young man was sent after me and more people from his Ummah than from mine will enter Paradise.’ Then I was taken up to the seventh heaven, and (Jibril) asked for it to be opened. It was said, `Who is this’ He said, `Jibril.’ It was said, `Who is with you’ He said, `Muhammad’. It was said, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `Yes.’ It was said, `Welcome to him, blessed is the one who comes.’ So it was opened for us and when I entered, I saw Ibrahim. (Jibril) said, `This is Ibrahim, greet him.’ So I greeted him, and he returned the greeting then said, `Welcome to the righteous son and righteous Prophet.’ Then I was taken up to Sidrat Al-Muntaha, whose fruits like the clay jugs of Hajar (a region in Arabia) and its leaves were like the ears of elephants. (Jibril) said: `This is Sidrat Al-Muntaha.’ And there were four rivers, two hidden and two visible. I said, `What is this, O Jibril’ He said, `The two hidden rivers are rivers in Paradise, and the two visible rivers are the Nile and the Euphrates.’ Then I was shown Al-Bayt Al-Ma`mur.) Qatadah said: Al-Hasan told us narrating from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet saw Al-Bayt Al-Ma`mur. Each day seventy thousand angels enter it, then they never return from it. Then he continued to narrate the Hadith of Anas;

« ثُمَّ أُتِيتُ بِإِنَاءٍ مِنْ خَمْرٍ وَإِنَاءٍ مِنْ لَبَنٍ وَإِنَاءٍ مِنْنَعسَلٍ. قَالَ فَأَخَذْتُ اللَّبَنَ قَالَ: هَذِهِ الْفِطْرَةُ أَنْتَ عَلَيْهَا وَأُمَّتُكَ قَالَ ثُمَّ فُرِضَتْ عَلَيَّ الصَّلَاةُ خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ قَالَ فَنَزَلْتُ حَتَّى أَتَيْتُ مُوسَى، فَقَالَ: مَا فَرَضَ رَبُّكَ عَلَى أُمَّتِكَ؟ قَالَ: فَقُلْتُ: خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، قَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ، وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ عَنِّي عَشْرًا قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: بِمَ أُمِرْتَ؟ قُلْتُ: بِأَرْبَعِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، قَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ أَرْبَعِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ عَنِّي عَشْرًا أُخَرَ، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: بِمَ أُمِرْتَ؟ قُلْتُ: بِثَلَاثِينَ صَلَاةً، قَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ ثَلَاثِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ عَنِّي عَشْرًا أُخَرَ، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: بِمَ أُمِرْتَ؟ قُلْتُ: أُمِرْتُ بِعِشْرِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، قَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ عِشْرِينَ صَلَاةً كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ عَنِّي عَشْرًا أُخَرَ، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: بِمَ أُمِرْتَ؟ فَقُلْتُ: أُمِرْتُ بِعَشْرِ صَلَواتٍ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، فَقَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ لِعَشْرِ صَلَواتٍ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ فَرَجَعْتُ فَأُمِرْتُ بِخَمْسِ صَلَواتٍ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: بِمَ أُمِرْتَ؟ فَقُلْتُ: أُمِرْتُ بِخَمْسِ صَلَواتٍ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، فَقَالَ: إِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تَسْتَطِيعُ لِخَمْسِ صَلَواتٍ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ، وَإِنِّي قَدْ خَبَرْتُ النَّاسَ قَبْلَكَ وَعَالَجْتُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَشَدَّ الْمُعَالَجَةِ، فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَاسْأَلْهُ التَّخْفِيفَ لِأُمَّتِكَ قَالَ قُلْتُ: قَدْ سَأَلْتُ رَبِّي حَتَّى اسْتَحْيَيْتُ، وَلَكِنْ أَرْضَى وَأُسَلِّمُ، فَنَفَذْتُ فَنَادَى مُنَادٍ: قَدْ أَمْضَيْتُ فَرِيضَتِي وَخَفَّفْتُ عَنْ عِبَادِي »

(Then I was brought a vessel of wine, a vessel of milk and a vessel of honey. I chose the milk, and he (Jibril) said, `This is the Fitrah (natural instinct) on which you and your Ummah will be. ‘Then the prayer was enjoined upon me, fifty prayers each day. I came down until I reached Musa, who said, `What did your Lord enjoin upon your Ummah’ I said, `Fifty prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do fifty prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ So I went back, and the number was reduced by ten. I came back to Musa and he asked, `What were you commanded to do’ I said, `Forty prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do forty prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ So I went back, and the number was reduced by ten. I came back to Musa and he asked, `What were you commanded to do’ I said, `I was commanded to do thirty prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do thirty prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ So I went back, and the number was reduced by ten. I came back to Musa and he asked, `What were you commanded to do’ I said, `Twenty prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do twenty prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ So I went back, and the number was reduced by ten more. I came back to Musa and he asked, `What were you commanded to do’ I said, `Ten prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do ten prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ So I went back, and I was commanded to do five prayers every day. I came back to Musa and he asked, `What were you commanded to do’ I said, `Five prayers each day.’ He said, `Your Ummah will not be able to do five prayers each day. I tried the people before you, I had to deal with the Children of Israel and it was very difficult for me. Go back to your Lord and ask Him to reduce the burden on your Ummah.’ I said, `I have asked my Lord until I feel too shy. I accept this and submit to Him.’ Then a voice called out: `My order has been decreed and I have reduced the burden on My servants.’) Similar narrations were recorded in the Two Sahihs.

THE REPORT OF ANAS FROM ABU DHARR

Al-Bukhari recorded that Anas bin Malik said: Abu Dharr used to tell us that the Messenger of Allah said:

« فُرِجَ عَنْ سَقْفِ بَيْتِي وَأَنَا بِمَكَّةَ، فَنَزَلَ جِبْرِيلُ فَفَرَجَ صَدْرِي ثُمَّ غَسَلَهُ بِمَاءِ زَمْزَمَ، ثُمَّ جَاءَ بِطَسْتٍ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مُمْتَلِىءٍ حِكْمَةً وَإِيمَانًا، فَأَفْرَغَهُ فِي صَدْرِي، ثُمَّ أَطْبَقَهُ ثُمَّ أَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَعَرَجَ بِي إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا، فَلَمَّا جِئْتُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ قَالَ جِبْرِيلُ لِخَازِنِ السَّمَاءِ: افْتَحْ قَالَ: مَنْ هَذَا؟ قَالَ: جِبْرِيلُ، قَالَ: هَلْ مَعَكَ أَحَدٌ؟ قَالَ: نَعَمْ مَعِيَ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى الله عليه وسلّم، فَقَالَ: أُرْسِلَ إِلَيْهِ؟ قَالَ: نَعَمْ فَلَمَّا فَتَحَ عَلَوْنَا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا فَإِذَا رَجُلٌ قَاعِدٌ عَلَى يَمِينِهِ أَسْوِدَةٌ وَعَلَى يَسَارِهِ أَسْوِدَةٌ، إِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ يَمِينِهِ ضَحِكَ وَإِذَا نَظَرَ قِبَلَ شِمَالِهِ بَكَى، فَقَالَ: مَرْحَبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالْابْنِ الصَّالِحِ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِجِبْرِيلَ: مَنْ هَذَا؟ قَالَ: هَذَا آدَمُ وَهَذِهِ الْأَسْوِدَةُ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَعَنْ شِمَالِهِ نَسَمُ بَنِيهِ، فَأَهْلُ الْيَمِينِ مِنْهُمْ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ، وَالْأَسْوِدَةُ الَّتِي عَنْ شِمَالِهِ أَهْلُ النَّارِ، فَإِذَا نَظَرَ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ ضَحِكَ، وَإِذَا نَظَرَ عَنْ شِمَالِهِ بَكَى، ثُمَّ عَرَجَ بِي إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الثَّانِيَة »
فذكر الحديث قال:
« ثُمَّ مَرَرْتُ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ فَقَالَ: مَرْحبًا بِالنَّبِيِّ الصَّالِحِ وَالْابْنِ الصَّالِحِ، قُلْتُ: مَنْ هَذَا؟ قَالَ: هَذَا إِبْرَاهِيم »

(The roof of my house was opened while I was in Makkah, and Jibril came down and opened my chest, then he washed it with Zamzam water. Then he brought a vessel of gold filled with wisdom and faith, and poured it into my chest, then he closed it up. Then he took me by the hand and took me up to the lowest heaven. When we came to the lowest heaven, Jibril said to its keeper, `Open up!’ He said, `Who is this’ He said, `Jibril. ‘ He said, `Is there anyone with you’ He said, `Yes, Muhammad is with me.’ He said, `Has his Mission started’ He said, `Yes.’ When it was opened, we went up into the first heaven, where I saw a man sitting with a multitude to his right and another to his left. When he looked to his right he smiled, and when he looked to his left, he wept. He said, `Welcome to the righteous Prophet and the righteous son.’ I said to Jibril, `Who is this’ He said, `This is Adam, and these multitudes to his right and left are the souls of his descendants. The people on his right include the people of Paradise, and the people on his left include the people of Hell, so when he looks to his right he smiles, and when he looks to his left he weeps.’ Then he took me up to the second heaven…Then we passed by Ibrahim, who said, `Welcome to the righteous Prophet and the righteous son.’ I said, `Who is this’ He said, `This is Ibrahim.’) Az-Zuhri said: Ibn Hazm told me that Ibn `Abbas and Abu Habbah Al-Ansari used to say: the Prophet narrated here –

« ثُمَّ عُرِجَ بِي حَتَّى ظَهَرْتُ لِمُسْتَوًى أَسْمَعُ فِيهِ صَرِيفَ الْأَقْلَام »

(Then I was taken up until I reached a level where I could hear the sound of the pens.) Ibn Hazm and Anas bin Malik said: the Messenger of Allah said:

« فَفَرَضَ اللهُ عَلَى أُمَّتِي خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً، فَرَجَعْتُ بِذَلِكَ حَتَّى مَرَرْتُ عَلَى مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ، فَقَالَ: مَا فَرَضَ اللهُ عَلَى أُمَّتِكَ؟ قُلْتُ: فَرَضَ خَمْسِينَ صَلَاةً، قَالَ مُوسَى: فَارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ، فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ شَطْرَهَا، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى، قُلْتُ: وَضَعَ شَطْرَهَا، فَقَالَ: ارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ، فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ، فَرَجَعْتُ فَوَضَعَ شَطْرَهَا، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَىْهِ فَقَالَ: ارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّ أُمَّتَكَ لَا تُطِيقُ ذَلِكَ، فَرَاجَعْتُهُ فَقَالَ: هِيَ خَمْسٌ وَهِيَ خَمْسُونَ لَا يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَيَّ، فَرَجَعْتُ إِلَى مُوسَى فَقَالَ: ارْجِعْ إِلَى رَبِّكَ، قُلْتُ: قَدِ اسْتَحْيَيْتُ مِنْ رَبِّي، ثُمَّ انْطَلَقَ بِي حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى سِدْرَةِ الْمُنْتَهَى فَغَشِيَهَا أَلْوَانٌ لَا أَدْرِي مَا هِيَ ثُمَّ أُدْخِلْتُ الْجَنَّةَ، فَإِذَا فِيهَا حَبَائِلُ اللُّؤْلُؤِ، وَإِذَا تُرَابُهَا الْمِسْك »

(Allah enjoined upon my Ummah fifty prayers. I came back with this (message) until I passed by Musa, who said, `What did your Lord enjoin upon your Ummah’ I said, `He enjoined fifty prayers.’ Musa said, `Go back to your Lord, for your Ummah will not be able to do that.’ So I went back, and He reduced it by half. Then I came back to Musa and said, `It has been reduced by half.’ He said, `Go back to your Lord, for your Ummah will not be able to do that.’ So I went back, and it was reduced by half. I came back to him, and he said, `Go back to your Lord, for your Ummah will not be able to do that.’ So I went back, and He said: `They are five but equal in reward to fifty, for My word does not change.’ I came back to Musa and he said, `Go back to your Lord.’ I said, `I feel too shy before my Lord.’ Then I was taken up until I reached Sidrat Al-Muntaha, which was veiled in indescribable colors. Then I entered Paradise, in which I saw nets of pearls and its soil of musk.) This version was recorded by Al-Bukhari in the Book of Prayer. He also reported in the Book of Tafsir, under the discussion of Bani Isra’il (i.e., Surat Al-Isra’), the Book of Hajj and the Stories of the Prophets, via different chains of narration from Yunus. Muslim recorded similar Hadiths in his Sahih in the Book of Faith. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Shaqiq said: I said to Abu Dharr, “If I had seen the Messenger of Allah, I would have asked him.” He said, “What would you have asked him” He said, “I would have asked him, if he saw his Lord” He said, “I did ask him that, and he said,

« قَدْ رَأَيْتُهُ نُورًا، أَنَّى أَرَاه »

(I saw it as light, how could I see Him)” This is how it was narrated in the report of Imam Ahmad. Muslim recorded that `Abdullah bin Shaqiq said that Abu Dharr said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah, `Did you see your Lord’ He said,

« نُورٌ أَنَّى أَرَاه »

((I saw) a light, how could I see Him)” `Abdullah bin Shaqiq said: I said to Abu Dharr, “If I had seen the Messenger of Allah, I would have asked him.” He said, “What would you have asked him” He said, “I would have asked him, `Did you see your Lord” Abu Dharr said, “I asked him that, and he said,

« رَأَيْتُ نُورًا »

(I saw light.)

THE REPORT OF JABIR BIN `ABDULLAH

Imam Ahmad recorded that Jabir bin `Abdullah said that he heard the Messenger of Allah say:

« لَمَّا كَذَّبَتْنِي قُرَيْشٌ حِينَ أُسْرِيَ بِي إِلَى بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ، قُمْتُ فِي الْحِجْرِ فَجَلَى اللهُ لِي بَيْتَ الْمَقْدِسِ، فَطَفِقْتُ أُخْبِرُهُمْ عَنْ آيَاتِهِ وَأَنَا أَنْظُرُ إِلَيْه »

(When Quraysh did not believe that I had been taken on the Night Journey to Bayt Al-Maqdis, I stood up in Al-Hijr and Allah displayed Bayt Al-Maqdis before me, so I told them about its features while I was looking at it.) This was also reported in the Two Sahihs with different chains of narration. According to Al-Bayhaqi, Ibn Shihab said: Abu Salamah bin `Abdur-Rahman said: Some people from Quraish went to Abu Bakr and said, “Have you heard what your companion is saying He is claiming that he went to Bayt Al-Maqdis and came back to Makkah in one night!” Abu Bakr said, “Did he say that” They said, “Yes.” Abu Bakr said, “Then I bear witness that if he said that, he is speaking the truth.” They said, “You believe that he went to Ash-Sham ﴿Greater Syria in one night and came back to Makkah before morning” He said, “Yes, I believe him with regard to something even more than that. I believe him with regard to the revelation that comes to him from heaven.” Abu Salamah said, from then on Abu Bakr was known as As-Siddiq (the true believer).

THE REPORT OF `ABDULLAH BIN `ABBAS

Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn `Abbas said: “On the night when the Messenger of Allah was taken on his Night Journey, he entered Paradise, in some part of which he heard a sound. He said, `O Jibril, what is this’ He said, `This is Bilal, the Mu’adhdhin.’ When the Prophet came back to the people, he said,

« قَدْ أَفْلَحَ بِلَالٌ، رَأَيْتُ لَهُ كَذَا وَكَذَا »

(Bilal has succeeded, I saw that he will have such and such.) He ﴿the Prophet was met by Musa, who welcomed him and said, `Welcome to the Unlettered Prophet.’ He was a tall, dark man with lank hair coming down to his ears or above his ears. He said, `Who is this, O Jibril’ He said, `This is Musa.’ Then he went on and met a venerable, distinguished old man, who welcomed him and greeted him with Salam, and all of them were greeting him. He said, `Who is this, O Jibril’ He said, `This is your father Ibrahim.’ Then he looked into Hell and saw some people eating rotten meat. He said, `Who are these people, O Jibril’ He said, `They are those who used to eat the flesh of the people (i.e., backbiting).’ He saw a man who was very red and dark blue, and said, `Who is this, O Jibril’ He said, `This is the one who slaughtered the she-camel (of Salih).’ When the Messenger of Allah came to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, he stood up to pray, and all the Prophets gathered and prayed with him. When he finished, he was brought two cups, one on his right and one on his left, one containing milk and one containing honey. He took the milk and drank it, and the one who was carrying the cup said, `You have chosen the Fitrah (natural instinct).”’ The chain of narrators is Sahih, although they (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) did not record it. Imam Ahmad reported that Ibn `Abbas said: “The Messenger of Allah was taken on the Night Journey to Bayt Al-Maqdis, then he came back and told them about his journey and the features of Bayt Al-Maqdis and the caravan (of Quraysh). Some people said, `We do not believe what Muhammad is saying,’ and they left Islam and became disbelievers. Allah destroyed them when He destroyed Abu Jahl. Abu Jahl said: `Muhammad is trying to scare us with the tree of Zaqqum; bring some dates and butter and let us have some Zaqqum!’ The Prophet also saw the Dajjal in his true form, in real life, not in a dream, and he saw `Isa, Musa and Ibrahim. The Prophet was asked about the Dajjal, and he said:

« رَأَيْتُهُ فَيلَمَانِيًا أَقْمَرَ هِجَانًا، إِحْدَى عَيْنَيْهِ قَائِمَةٌ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ، كَأَنَّ شَعْرَ رَأْسِهِ أَغْصَانُ شَجَرَةٍ، وَرَأَيْتُ عِيسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ (شابًّا) أَبْيَضَ، جَعْدَ الرَّأْسِ حَدِيدَ الْبَصَرِ، وَمُبَطَّنَ الْخَلْقِ، وَرَأَيْتُ مُوسَى عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ أَسْحَمَ آدَمَ، كَثِيرَ الشَّعْرِ، شَدِيدَ الْخَلْقِ، وَنَظَرْتُ إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فَلَمْ أَنْظُرْ إِلَى إِرْبٍ مِنْهُ إِلَّا نَظَرْتُ إِلَيْهِ مِنِّي حَتَّى كَأَنَّهُ صَاحِبُكُمْ، قَالَ جِبْرِيلُ: سَلِّمْ عَلَى أَبِيكَ، فَسَلَّمْتُ عَلَيْه »

(I saw him as a tall and huge man, with a whitish complexion. One of his eyes stood out like a shining star. The hair on his head looked like the branches of a tree. And I saw `Isa, white with curly hair and an intense gaze, of average build. I saw Musa, dark-skinned, with a lot of hair and a strong build. I looked at Ibrahim and did not see anything in him that I do not see in myself; it is as if he were your companion (meaning himself). Jibril said: `Greet your father with Salam,’ so I greeted him with Salam.) This was also recorded by An-Nasa’i from the Hadith of Abu Zayd Thabit bin Yazid from Hilal, who is Ibn Khabbab, and it is a Sahih chain of narrators. Al-Bayhaqi recorded that Abu Al-`Aliyah said: “The cousin of your Prophet, Ibn `Abbas narrated to us from the Messenger of Allah, he said: Allah’s Messenger said,

« رَأَيْتُ لَيْلَةَ أُسْرِيَ بِي مُوسَى بْنَ عِمْرَانَ رَجُلًا طُوَالًا جَعْدًا، كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ رِجَالِ شَنُوءَةَ، وَرَأَيْتُ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ مَرْبُوعَ الْخَلْقِ إِلَى الْحُمْرَةِ وَالْبَيَاضِ سَبْطَ الرَّأس »

(On the night when I was taken on the Night Journey, I saw Musa bin `Imran, a tall, curly-haired man, as if he was from the tribe of Shanu’ah. And I saw `Isa bin Maryam, of medium stature, white with a reddish complexion, with straight hair.) And he was shown Malik, the keeper of Hell, and the Dajjal, with the signs that Allah revealed to him.’ He said,

﴿ فَلَا تَكُن فِى مِرۡيَةٍ۬ مِّن لِّقَآٮِٕهِۦ‌ۖ

(So be not you in doubt of meeting him.) (32:33) Qatadah used to interpret this to mean that the Prophet of Allah met Musa.

﴿ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰهُ هُدً۬ى لِّبَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ

(And We made it (or him) a guide to the Children of Israel) (32:33) Qatadah said: “(This means) Allah made Musa a guide for the Children of Israel. ” Muslim reported this in his Sahih, and Al-Bukhari and Muslim recorded a shorter version from Qatadah. Imam Ahmad also recorded that Ibn `Abbas said: “The Messenger of Allah said:

« لَمَّا كَانَ لَيْلَةَ أُسْرِيَ بِي، فَأَصْبَحْتُ بِمَكَّةَ فَظِعْتُ وَعَرَفْتُ أَنَّ النَّاسَ مُكَذِّبِي »

(On the night when I was taken on the Night Journey, I woke up in Makkah the next morning having anxiety that, I knew that the people would not believe me.) He kept away from people, feeling anxious and sad, then the enemy of Allah Abu Jahl passed by him and came to sit with him, saying mockingly, `Is there anything new’ The Messenger of Allah said,

« نَعَم »

(Yes). He said, `What is it’ He said,

« إِنِّي أُسْرِيَ بِي اللَّيْلَة »

(I was taken on a Journey last night.) He said, `Where to’ He said,

« إِلَى بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِس »

(To Bayt Al-Maqdis.) He said, `Then this morning you were among us’ He said,

« نَعَم »

(Yes). Abu Jahl did not want to say to his face that he was lying, lest he deny saying it when he called other people to hear him, so he said: `Do you think that if I call your people, you will tell them about what happened’ The Messenger of Allah said,

« نَعَم »

(Yes.) Abu Jahl said, `O people of Bani Ka`b bin Lu’ay!’ People got up from where they were sitting and came to join them. Abu Jahl said, `Tell your people what you told me.’ The Messenger of Allah said:

« إِنِّي أُسْرِيَ بِي اللَّيْلَة »

(I was taken on a Journey last night.) They said, `Where to’ He said,

« إِلَى بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِس »

(To Bayt Al-Maqdis.) They said, `Then this morning you were among us’ He said,

« نَعَم »

(Yes). They began to clap their hands together and put their hands on their heads in astonishment at this “lie” – as they claimed it to be. They said, `Can you describe the sanctuary to us’ Among them were some who had traveled to that land and seen the sanctuary, so the Messenger of Allah said,

« فَمَا زِلْتُ أَنْعَتُ حَتَّى الْتَبَسَ عَلَيَّ بَعْضُ النَّعْتِ قَالَ فَجِيءَ بِالْمَسْجِدِ وَأَنَا أَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِ حَتَّى وُضِعَ دُونَ دَارِ عُقَيلٍ أَوْ عِقَالٍ فَنَعَتُّهُ وَأَنَا أَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِ قَالَ وَكَانَ مَعَ هَذَا نَعْتٌ لَمْ أَحْفَظْهُ قَالَ فَقَالَ الْقَوْمُ: أَمَّا النَّعْتُ فَوَاللهِ لَقَدْ أَصَابَ فِيه »

(I started to describe it, until I reached a point where I was not sure about some of the details, but then the sanctuary was brought close and placed near the house of `Uqayl – or `Iqal – so I could look at it and describe the details.) I could not remember those description. The people said, `As for the description, by Allah he has got it right.” This was recorded by An-Nasa’i and Al-Bayhaqi.

THE REPORT OF `ABDULLAH BIN MAS`UD

Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Bayhaqi reported that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said: “When the Messenger of Allah was taken on the Night Journey, he went as far as Sidrat Al-Muntaha, which is in the sixth heaven. Everything that ascends stops there, until it is taken from that point, and everything that comes down stops there, until it is taken from there.

﴿ إِذۡ يَغۡشَى ٱلسِّدۡرَةَ مَا يَغۡشَىٰ

(When that covered As-Sidrat Al-Muntaha which did cover it!) (53:16) Ibn Mas`ud said: “It is covered with gold butterflies. The Messenger of Allah was given the five prayers and the final Ayat of Surat Al-Baqarah, and forgiveness was granted for major sins to those who do not associate anything in worship with Allah.” This was recorded by Muslim in his Sahih.

THE REPORT OF ABU HURAYRAH

Al-Bukhari and Muslim reported in their Sahihs that Abu Hurayrah said: the Messenger of Allah said:

« حِينَ أُسْرِيَ بِي، لَقِيتُ مُوسَى عَلَيهِ السَّلَامُ فَنَعَتَهُ، فَإِذَا رَجُلٌ حَسِبْتُهُ قَالَ مُضْطَرِبٌ رَجِلُ الرَّأْسِ كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ رِجَالِ شَنُوءَةَ، قَالَ: وَلَقِيتُ عِيسَى فَنَعَتَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى الله عليه وسلّم قَالَ رَبْعَةٌ أَحْمَرُ كَأَنَّمَا خَرَجَ مِنْ دِيمَاسٍ يَعْنِي حَمَّامًا، قَالَ وَلَقِيتُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَأَنَا أَشْبَهُ وَلَدِهِ بِهِ، قَالَ: وَأُتِيتُ بِإِنَاءَيْنِ فِي أَحَدِهِمَا لَبَنٌ وَفِي الْآخَرِ خَمْرٌ، قِيلَ لِي: خُذْ أَيَّهُمَا شِئْتَ، فَأَخَذْتُ اللَّبَنَ فَشَرِبْتُ، فَقِيلَ لِي: هُدِيتَ الْفِطْرَةَ أَوْ أَصَبْتَ الْفِطْرَةَ أَمَا إِنَّكَ لَوْ أَخَذْتَ الْخَمْرَ غَوَتْ أُمَّتُك »

(When I was taken on the Night Journey, I met Musa.) He described him as a man – I think he said – a curly-haired man, as if he were from the tribe of Shanu’ah. (And I met `Isa.) And the Prophet described him as being of average height, with a reddish complexion, as if he had just come out of the bath. (And I met Ibrahim, and I am the one who resembles him most among his children. I was brought two vessels, one containing milk and the other containing wine. It was said to me, `Take whichever one you want.’ So I took the milk and drank it, and it was said to me, `You have been guided to the Fitrah – or – You have chosen the Fitrah. If you had chosen the wine, your Ummah would have gone astray.’)” They also recorded it with another chain of narrators. Muslim recorded that Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allah said:

« لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُنِي فِي الْحِجْرِ وَقُرَيْشٌ تَسْأَلُنِي عَنْ مَسْرَايَ، فَسَأَلُونِي عَنْ أَشْيَاءَ مِنْ بَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ لَمْ أُثْبِتْهَا، فَكُرِبْتُ (كُرْبَةً) مَا كُرِبْتُ مِثْلَهُ قَطُّ، فَرَفَعَهُ اللهُ إِليَّ أَنْظُرُ إِلَيْهِ مَا سَأَلُونِي عَنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا أَنْبَأْتُهُمْ بِهِ، وَقَدْ رَأَيْتُنِي فِي جَمَاعَةٍ مِنَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ، وَإِذَا مُوسَى قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي، وَإِذَا هُوَ رَجُلٌ جَعْدٌ كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ رِجَالِ شَنُوءَةَ، وَإِذَا عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي أَقْرَبُ النَّاسِ شَبَهًا بِهِ عَرْوَةُ بْنُ مَسْعُودٍ الثَّقَفِيُّ، وَإِذَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي أَقْرَبُ النَّاسِ شَبَهًا بِهِ صَاحِبُكُمْ يَعْنِي نَفْسَهُ فَحَانَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَأَمَمْتُهُمْ، فَلَمَّا فَرَغْتُ قَالَ قَائِلٌ: يَا مُحَمَّدُ هَذَا مَالِكُ خَازِنُ جَهَنَّمَ، (فَسَلِّمْ عَلَيْهِ) فَالْتَفَتُّ إِلَيْهِ فَبَدَأَنِي بِالسَّلَام »

(I remember being in Al-Hijr, and the Quraysh were asking me about my Night Journey. They asked me things about Bayt Al-Maqdis that I was not sure of, and I felt more anxious and stressed then than I have ever felt. Then Allah raised up Bayt Al-Maqdis for me to see, and there was nothing they asked me about but I told them about it. And I remember being in a gathering of the Prophets. Musa was standing there praying, and he was a man with curly hair, as if he were one of the men of Shanu’ah. I saw `Isa bin Maryam standing there praying, and the one who most resembles him is `Urwah bin Mas`ud Ath-Thaqafi. And I saw Ibrahim standing there praying, and the one who most resembles him is your companion (meaning himself). Then the time for prayer came, and I led them in prayer. When I finished, a voice said, `O Muhammad, this is Malik, the keeper of Hell,’ so I turned to him, and he greeted me first.)”

THE TIME THAT ISRA’ TOOK PLACE, AND THE FACT THAT IT INCLUDED BOTH BODY AND SOUL, WHEN THE PROPHET WAS AWAKE, NOT IN A DREAM

Musa bin `Uqbah said, narrating from Az-Zuhri: “The Isra’ happened one year before the Hijrah.” This was also the opinion of `Urwah. As-Suddi said: “It happened sixteen months before the Hijrah.” The truth is that the Prophet was taken on the Night Journey when he was awake, not in a dream, and he went from Makkah to Bayt Al-Maqdis riding on Al-Buraq. When he reached the door of the sanctuary, he tied up his animal by the door and entered, where he prayed two Rak`ahs to `greet the Masjid’. Then the Mi`raj was brought to him, which is a ladder with steps which one climbs up. So he went up on it to the first heaven, then he went up to the rest of the seven heavens. In each heaven he was welcomed by the most pious of its inhabitants, and he greeted the Prophets who were in the various heavens according to their positions and status. He passed by Musa, the one who spoke with Allah, in the sixth heaven, and Ibrahim, the close friend (Khalil) of Allah in the seventh heaven. Then he surpassed them and all the Prophets in status and reached a level where he could hear the creaking of the pens, i.e., the pens of destiny which write down what is decreed to happen. He saw Sidrat Al-Muntaha, covered by the command of Allah, and its greatness, its butterflies of gold and various colours, surrounded by the angels. There he saw Jibril in his real form, with six hundred wings. He saw green cushions blocking the horizon. He saw Al-Bayt Al-Ma`mur, and Ibrahim Al-Khalil, the builder of the earthly Ka`bah, leaning back against it, the heavenly Ka`bah; every day, seventy thousand angels enter and worship therein, then they do not return to it until the Day of Resurrection. He saw Paradise and Hell, and Allah enjoined upon him fifty prayers, then reduced it to five, as an act of mercy and kindness towards His servants. In this is a strong indication of the greatness and virtue of the prayers. Then he came back down to Bayt Al-Maqdis, and the Prophets came down with him and he led them in prayer there when the time for prayer came. It may have been the dawn prayer of that day. Some people claim that he led them in prayer in heaven, but the reports seem to say that it was in Bayt Al-Maqdis. In some reports it says that it happened when he first entered (i.e., before ascending into the heavens), but it is more likely that it was after he came back, because when he passed by them in the places in the heavens, he asked Jibril about them, one by one, and Jibril told him about them. This is more appropriate, because he was first required to come before the Divine Presence, so that what Allah willed could be enjoined upon him and his Ummah. When the matter for which he was required had been dealt with, he and his brother-Prophets gathered, and his virtue and high position in relation to them became apparent when he was asked to come forward to lead them, which was when Jibril indicated to him that he should do so. Then he came out of Bayt Al-Maqdis and rode on Al-Buraq back to Makkah in the darkness of the night. And Allah knows best. As for his being presented with the vessels containing milk and honey, or milk and wine, or milk and water, or all of these, some reports say that this happened in Bayt Al-Maqdis, and others say that it happened in the heavens. It is possible that it happened in both places, because it is like offering food or drink to a guest when he arrives, and Allah knows best. The Prophet was taken on the Night Journey with body and soul, he was awake, not asleep. The evidence for this is the Ayah:

﴿ سُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلاً۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُ ۥ

(Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) Who took His servant for a Journey by Night from Al-Masjid Al-Haram to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, the neighborhood whereof We have blessed,) The words “Subhan Allah” (Glorified and exalted be Allah) are spoken in the case of serious matters. If it had been a dream, it would have been a significant matter and would not have been so astounding; the disbelievers of the Quraysh would not have hastened to label him a liar and the group of people who had become Muslims would not have deserted the faith. The word `Abd (servant) refers to both soul and body. Allah says:

﴿ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلاً۬

(took His servant for a Journey by Night) and:

﴿ وَمَا جَعَلۡنَا ٱلرُّءۡيَا ٱلَّتِىٓ أَرَيۡنَـٰكَ إِلَّا فِتۡنَةً۬ لِّلنَّاسِ

(And We made not the vision which we showed you but a trial for mankind) (17:60) Ibn `Abbas said: “This is the vision that the Messenger of Allah saw with his own eyes during the Journey by Night, and the cursed tree is the tree of Zaqqum.” This was recorded by Al-Bukhari. Allah said:

﴿ مَا زَاغَ ٱلۡبَصَرُ وَمَا طَغَىٰ

(The sight (of Prophet Muhammad) turned not aside (right or left), nor it transgressed beyond the limit (ordained for it))(53:17) Sight (Al-Basr) is a physical faculty, not a spiritual one, and he was carried on Al-Buraq, a shining white animal. This too indicates a physical journey, because the soul does not need a means of transportation of this nature. And Allah knows best.

AN INTERESTING STORY

In his book Dala’il An-Nubuwwah, Al-Hafiz Abu Nu`aym Al-Isbahani recorded via Muhammad bin `Umar Al-Waqidi who said: Malik bin Abi Ar-Rijjal told me from `Amr bin `Abdullah that Muhammad bin Ka`b Al-Qurazi said: “The Messenger of Allah sent Dihyah bin Khalifah to Caesar.” He mentioned how he came to him, and described an incident that showed how wise Caesar was. He sent for the Arab merchants who were in Syria and Abu Sufyan Sakhr bin Harb and his companions were brought to him. He asked them the well-known questions that were recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, as we shall discuss below, and Abu Sufyan tried hard to give the impression that this was an insignificant issue. (The narrator) said that Abu Sufyan (later) said: “By Allah, nothing stopped me from saying something to Heraclius to make him despise (Muhammad) but the fact that I did not want to tell a lie that would later be found out, and he would never believe me again after that. Then I told him about the night on which he was taken on the Night Journey. I said: `O King, shall I not tell you of something from which you will know that he is lying’ He said, `What is it’ I said: `He claims that he went out of our land, the land of Al-Haram, in one night, and came to your sanctuary in Jerusalem, then came back to us the same night, before morning came.’ The Patriarch of Jerusalem was there, standing next to Caesar. The Patriarch of Jerusalem said: `I know that night.’ Caesar looked at him and said, `How do you know about this’ He said, `I never used to sleep at night until I closed the doors of the sanctuary. On that night I closed all the doors except for one, which I could not manage to close. I asked my workers and others who were with me to help me deal with it, but we could not move it. It was like trying to move a mountain. So I called the carpenters, and they looked at it and said: The lintel and some part of the structure has fallen onto it. We cannot move it until morning, when we will be able to see what the problem is. So I went back and left those two doors open. The next morning I went back, and saw that the stone at the corner of the sanctuary had a hole in it, and there were traces of an animal having been tethered there. I said to my companions: This door has not been closed last night except for a Prophet, who prayed last night in our sanctuary.”’ And he mentioned the rest of the Hadith. In his book At-Tanwir fi Mawlid As-Siraj Al-Munir, Al-Hafiz Abu Al-Khattab `Umar bin Dihyah mentioned the Hadith of the Isra’ narrated from Anas, and spoke well about it, then he said: “The reports of the Hadith of the Isra’ reach the level of Mutawatir. They were narrated from `Umar bin Al-Khattab, `Ali, Ibn Mas`ud, Abu Dharr, Malik bin Sa`sa`ah, Abu Hurayrah, Abu Sa`id, Ibn `Abbas, Shaddad bin Aws, Ubayy bin Ka`b, `Abdur-Rahman bin Qarat, Abu Habbah Al-Ansari, Abu Layla Al-Ansari, `Abdullah bin `Amr, Jabir, Hudhayfah, Buraydah, Abu Ayyub, Abu Umamah, Samurah bin Jundub, Abu Al-Hamra’, Suhayb Ar-Rumi, Umm Hani’, and `A’ishah and `Asma’, the daughters of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, may Allah be pleased with them all. Some of them narrated the incident at length, and others narrated it more briefly, as was reported in the Musnad collections. Even though some reports do not fulfill the conditions of Sahih, nevertheless the Muslims agreed unanimously on the fact that the Isra’ happened, and it was rejected only by the heretics and apostates.

﴿ يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطۡفِـُٔواْ نُورَ ٱللَّهِ بِأَفۡوَٲهِهِمۡ وَٱللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِۦ وَلَوۡ ڪَرِهَ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرُونَ

(They intend to put out the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will bring His Light to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it).) (61:8).

﴿ وَءَاتَيۡنَا مُوسَى ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰهُ هُدً۬ى لِّبَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ أَلَّا تَتَّخِذُواْ مِن دُونِى وَڪِيلاً۬ ذُرِّيَّةَ مَنۡ حَمَلۡنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ كَانَ عَبۡدً۬ا شَكُورً۬ا

(2. And We gave Musa the Scripture and made it a guidance for the Children of Israel (saying): “Take none other than Me as (your) Wakil.”) (3. “O offspring of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nuh! Verily, he was a grateful servant.”)

MUSA AND HOW HE WAS GIVEN THE TAWRAH

When Allah mentions how He took His servant Muhammad, on the Journey by Night, He follows it by mentioning Musa, His servant and Messenger who also spoke with Him. Allah often mentions Muhammad and Musa together, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both, and he mentions the Tawrah and the Qur’an together. So after mentioning the Isra’, He says:

﴿ وَءَاتَيۡنَا مُوسَى ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ

(And We gave Musa the Scripture), meaning the Tawrah.

﴿ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰهُ

(and made it), meaning the Scripture,

﴿ هُدً۬ى

(a guidance), meaning a guide,

﴿ لِّبَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ أَلَّا تَتَّخِذُواْ

(for the Children of Israel (saying): “Take none…”) means, lest they should take,

﴿ مِن دُونِى وَڪِيلاً۬

(”… other than Me as (your) Wakil”) means, `you have no protector, supporter or god besides Me,’ because Allah revealed to every Prophet that he should worship Him alone with no partner or associate. Then Allah says:

﴿ ذُرِّيَّةَ مَنۡ حَمَلۡنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ‌ۚ

(O offspring of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nuh) by addressing the descendants of those who were carried in the ship with Nuh there is a reminder of the blessings, as if Allah is saying: `O descendants of those whom We saved and carried in the ship with Nuh, follow in the footsteps of your father,

﴿ إِنَّهُ ۥ كَانَ عَبۡدً۬ا شَكُورً۬ا

(Verily, he was a grateful servant). `Remember the blessing I have granted you by sending Muhammad.’ Imam Ahmad reported that Anas bin Malik said: “The Messenger of Allah said:

« إِنَّ اللهَ لَيَرْضَى عَنِ الْعَبْدِ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ الْأَكْلَةَ أَوْ يَشْرَبَ الشَّرْبَةَ فَيَحْمَدَ اللهَ عَلَيْهَا »

(Allah will be pleased with His servant if, when he eats something or drinks something, he praises Allah for it.)” This was also recorded by Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i. Malik said about Zayd bin Aslam: “He used to praise Allah in all circumstances.” In this context, Al-Bukhari mentioned the Hadith of Abu Zar`ah narrating from Abu Hurayrah, who said that the Prophet said:

« أَنَا سَيِّدُ وَلَدِ آدَمَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَة »

(I will be the leader of the sons of Adam on the Day of Resurrection…) He quoted the Hadith at length, and in the Hadith, the Prophet said:

« فَيَأْتُونَ نُوحًا فَيَقُولُونَ: يَا نُوحُ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ أَوَّلُ الرُّسُلِ إِلَى أَهْلِ الْأَرْضِ، وَقَدْ سَمَّاكَ اللهُ عَبْدًا شَكُورًا، فَاشْفَعْ لَنَا إِلَى رَبِّك »

(They will come to Nuh and will say, `O Nuh, you were the first of the Messengers sent to the people of earth, and Allah called you grateful servant, so intercede for us with your Lord.’) And he quoted the Hadith in full.

﴿ وَقَضَيۡنَآ إِلَىٰ بَنِىٓ إِسۡرَٲٓءِيلَ فِى ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ لَتُفۡسِدُنَّ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ مَرَّتَيۡنِ وَلَتَعۡلُنَّ عُلُوًّ۬ا ڪَبِيرً۬ا فَإِذَا جَآءَ وَعۡدُ أُولَٮٰهُمَا بَعَثۡنَا عَلَيۡڪُمۡ عِبَادً۬ا لَّنَآ أُوْلِى بَأۡسٍ۬ شَدِيدٍ۬ فَجَاسُواْ خِلَـٰلَ ٱلدِّيَارِ‌ۚ وَكَانَ وَعۡدً۬ا مَّفۡعُولاً۬ ثُمَّ رَدَدۡنَا لَكُمُ ٱلۡڪَرَّةَ عَلَيۡہِمۡ وَأَمۡدَدۡنَـٰكُم بِأَمۡوَٲلٍ۬ وَبَنِينَ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰكُمۡ أَڪۡثَرَ نَفِيرًا إِنۡ أَحۡسَنتُمۡ أَحۡسَنتُمۡ لِأَنفُسِكُمۡ‌ۖ وَإِنۡ أَسَأۡتُمۡ فَلَهَا‌ۚ فَإِذَا جَآءَ وَعۡدُ ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ لِيَسُـۥۤـُٔواْ وُجُوهَڪُمۡ وَلِيَدۡخُلُواْ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدَ ڪَمَا دَخَلُوهُ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ۬ وَلِيُتَبِّرُواْ مَا عَلَوۡاْ تَتۡبِيرًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمۡ أَن يَرۡحَمَكُمۡ‌ۚ وَإِنۡ عُدتُّمۡ عُدۡنَا‌ۘ وَجَعَلۡنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ حَصِيرًا

(4. And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture: “Indeed you would do mischief in the land twice and you will become tyrants and extremely arrogant!”) (5. So, when the promise came for the first of the two, We sent against you servants of Ours given to terrible warfare. They entered the very innermost parts of your homes. And it was a promise (completely) fulfilled.) (6. Then We gave you a return of victory over them. And We helped you with wealth and children and made you more numerous in manpower.) (7. (And We said): “If you do good, you do good for your own selves, and if you do evil (you do it) against yourselves.” Then, when the second promise came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to disgrace your faces and to enter the Masjid as they had entered it before, and to destroy with utter destruction all that fell in their hands.) (8. It may be that your Lord may show mercy unto you, but if you return (to sins), We shall return (to Our punishment). And We have made Hell a prison for the disbelievers.)

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اشهد ان لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله السيرة النبوية بالفرنسية L’importance de l’étude et de la connaissance de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) L’étude de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) a une grande importance dans la marche de la vie humaine. Si les grandes personnalités et les dirigeants écrivent leurs Mémoires et leurs autobiographies afin que les gens trouvent dans ces parcours des bons exemples à suivre et des profits, s’il en est ainsi, la biographie du Prophète Muhammad (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) est la plus digne d’être étudiée. L’importance de l’étude de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) se trouve dans les points suivants : * La vérification et l’authentification de la biographie du Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ; parce que sa biographie est considérée comme une illustration du parcours qu’il a suivi ; or Allah nous a ordonné de suivre sa conduite ; il faut donc absolument vérifier l’authenticité de tout ce qu’on attribue à la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) car c’est un fondement parmi les fondements de la religion. Pour cette raison, le Coran foisonne d’évocations des biographies des Prophètes précédents. Allah a évoqué la sagesse qu’il y a en cela dans plusieurs versets du Qur’an. Nous pouvons en citer cette parole d’Allah –l’Exalté- : ( Et tout ce que Nous te racontons des récits des Messagers, c’est pour en raffermir ton coeur. Et de ceux-ci t’est venue la vérité ainsi qu’une exhortation et un appel aux croyants. ) (sourate Hud, verset 120). Après qu’Allah ait évoqué dix-neuf Messagers dans la sourate Al An’am dans des versets successifs, il a ordonné au Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) de suivre leur direction : ( Voilà ceux qu’Allah a guidés : suis donc leur direction. ) (sourate Al An’am, verset 90) 1/15 * La connaissance des détails de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) afin qu’il soit possible de suivre son modèle dans toutes les affaires de la vie car sa biographie fut la mise en pratique des préceptes de l’Islam et de sa législation, afin que nul ne pense que ces préceptes sont impraticables. Allah dit : ( En effet, vous avez dans le Messager d’Allah un excellent modèle [à suivre], pour quiconque espère en Allah et au Jour dernier et invoque Allah fréquemment ) (sourate Al Ahzab, verset 21). Et lorsqu’on interrogea Aïcha –qu’Allah soit satisfait d’elle- au sujet de la moralité du Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui), elle répondit : « Sa moralité fut le Qur’an » * La présentation de la biographie prophétique authentifiée relatée par le biais de chaînes de rapporteurs continues jusqu’à ses sources originales convergentes ; et expliquant tout ce qui est lié à la vie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) avec tous leurs détails ; que ce soit dans ses affaires privées ou publiques ; pour surveiller et enregistrer le cheminement de sa vie, sans qu’il n’y ait une divergence dans ces sources sur un quelconque point important sauf dans certains détails sans grande importance acceptant facilement l’interprétation, cela prouve qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une chose naturelle, mais qu’elle est plutôt extraordinaire; ce qui confirme une fois de plus les soins qu’Allah lui a accordés afin de montrer l’authenticité de sa prophétie. * La connaissance de la grandeur et de la puissance de l’Islam ; et cela lorsque nous réalisons que cette religion a ancré ses normes et ses règles, a bouleversé les balances des forces politiques, sociales et culturelles dans plusieurs parties du globe terrestre. Ensuite, elle a offert un spécimen culturel fort dont l’apport est resté continuel jusqu'à nos jours. Cette grandeur nous apparaît clairement si nous savons que ce grand édifice a été bâti dans une courte période qui est la durée de la vie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) après avoir reçu le message. Une période qui ne va pas au-delà de vingt trois ans. 2/15 Les principales particularités de la biographie prophétique : Premièrement : L’authenticité basée sur les narrations par le biais de chaînes de rapporteurs continues sont constituées de personnes honnêtes et dignes de confiance qui ont partagé avec le Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) des moments de sa vie, puis les disciples des Compagnons (Tâbioun) qui ont vécu avec ces derniers, ont entendu d’eux et ont rapporté d’eux. Les Compagnons ont vécu avec le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) et ont participé au façonnage de sa biographie ; ensuite, beaucoup parmi eux ont vu leur vie se poursuivre pendant de longues périodes après le décès du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ; ils vécurent avec leurs disciples pendant une longue période. Dès lors que nous savons que parmi les Compagnons il y en a qui ont vécu jusqu'à l’an cent de l’hégire et même un peu au-delà, comme Abû Toufail Âmir ibn Wâtsilah qui est décédé en l’an 101 H, Mahmoud ibn Rabî’ en l’an 99 H, Abdullah ibn Bisr Al Mâzaty en l’an 96 H, Anas ibn Mâlik en l’an 93 H, -qu’Allah soit satisfait d’eux ; que nous savons également que la compilation de la Sunna commença officiellement sous le règne de Oumar ibn Abdul Aziz –qu’Allah lui accorde la miséricorde- et que ce dernier est décédé en l’an 101 H ; si donc nous savons tout cela, il devient certain pour nous que la continuité de l’apprentissage de la Sunna et de la biographie prophétique ne s’est jamais rompue ; et qu’il n’y a pas eu une période de passage à vide entre la compilation de la Sunna et l’apprentissage du Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui), puis des Compagnons, puis des disciples des Compagnons. Deuxièmement : La compilation de la biographie prophétique a eu lieu de bonne heure : La compilation de la Sunna commença en même temps que celle de la biographie prophétique, très tôt du vivant du Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) et cela par le biais de la rédaction des hadiths ayant trait aux événements qui eurent lieu à son époque comme par exemple le début de sa mission prophétique, le début de la révélation, ce qu’il a enduré à la Mecque avant son émigration vers Médine et avant cela, l’émigration de certains de ses Compagnons vers l’Abyssinie, ses épouses, ses expéditions militaires et ses voyages, et bien d’autres choses qui ont un rapport avec sa personne et son comportement durant toute sa vie. Toutes ces choses sont enregistrées dans la Sunna et ses livres. 3/15 Quant à la compilation complète de la biographie prophétique, elle commença à l’époque de Mouawiya ibn Abî Soufyan –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui- lorsque Abdullah ibn Abbas –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui- -décédé en l’an 68 H- enseignait à ses élèves la généalogie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) et ses expéditions militaires tandis que ses élèves écrivaient cela. Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al Âce –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui- –décédé en l’an 63 H- fit la même chose, de même que Al Barrâ ibn Âzib –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui- - décédé en l’an 74 H- il enseignait à ses élèves les expéditions militaires du Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). A l’époque des Tâbioun –ceux qui ont vécu avec les Compagnons et ont appris auprès de ces derniers-, on commença à écrire des livres sur la biographie prophétique le livre de Ourwa ibn Az-Zoubeir ibn Al Awâm –décédé en l’an 93 H- fut écrit, c’est le fils de l’illustre Compagnon Az-Zoubeir ibn Al Awâm –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui-. Il écrivit le livre Les expéditions militaires du Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). Les principaux livres écrits par les disciples des Compagnons sont : le livre de Abâne ibn Uthman ibn Affâne –décédé en l’an 105 H- c’est le fils du calife du Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). Il acheva son livre sur la biographie prophétique et les expéditions militaires avant l’an 83 H ; ensuite le livre de Wahb ibn Mounabih – décédé en l’an 110 H-, une partie de son livre Les expéditions militaires (Al Magazy) se trouve dans la ville de Heidelberg en Allemagne; eux tous ont vécu avec les Compagnons et ont appris auprès d’eux. Les deux livres les plus complets sur la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) sont : As-Siyar wal Magazy de Muhammad ibn Ishaq –décédé en l’an 151 H- et As-Siratoun Nabawiya de Ibn Hicham –décédé en l’an 213 H- et tous ces deux auteurs ont vécu avec les Compagnons et ont appris auprès d’eux. 4/15 Troisièmement : L’intégralité et la clarté : Les détails de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) sont établis de manière intégrale et claire dans toutes ses étapes depuis le mariage entre son père Abdullah et sa mère Amina bint Wahb jusqu'à sa naissance, puis le début de sa mission avec tout ce qu’il a traversé avant cela, de la propagation de son message jusqu'à son décès. Ainsi, toute personne qui veut connaître les détails de la vie du Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) peut y parvenir aisément et à partir de nombreux livres de référence dont l’appartenance à leurs auteurs est vérifiée et les détails historiques authentifiés de manière scientifique. Le Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) -comme l’a dit l’un des critiques occidentaux- « est le seul qui est né sous la lumière » les livres de la Sunna et de la biographie prophétique contiennent, ainsi que le Qur’an noble, tous les détails de la vie publique et privée du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). De nos jours, nous connaissons avec précision la description de son aspect, de son caractère et de ses moeurs. Nous connaissons par exemple : la couleur de sa peau, la forme de son nez et de ses fosses nasales, la forme de sa bouche et de ses dents, la couleur de ses cheveux, sa taille, sa démarche et sa manière de s’asseoir, sa manière de parler et de rire, sa nourriture préférée, sa manière de manger, de boire, voire ses rapports conjugaux, son comportement envers ses épouses ; et mieux que cela, les vestiges et les restes de sa maison et sa tombe dans laquelle il fut enterré sont présents jusqu'à l’heure actuelle. Il est possible de s’assurer de tous les caractères qu’on lui attribue par le biais des outils scientifiques modernes. La biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) a bénéficié d’une préservation et d’une sauvegarde telles qu’on n’en a jamais vues pour une personne auparavant et telles qu’on n’en aura jamais avec quiconque après lui. Ces trois particularités nous donnent une certitude absolue quant à cette biographie et qu’elle est la biographie du dernier des Prophètes, Muhammad ibn Abdullah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui), et nous donnent la certitude fondée sur une base scientifique et méthodique qu’il est le Messager envoyé par Allah à l’humanité toute entière. 5/15 Les références de la biographie prophétique L’authenticité est considérée comme la qualité principale dans tout l’héritage islamique. C’est une spécificité qu’Allah –l’Exalté- a attribuée exclusivement au message final et cela procède de sa sagesse parfaite ; en effet, la dernière religion doit être préservée et sauvegardée afin d’être héritée successivement par toutes les générations humaines jusqu’au Jour de la Résurrection. Pour cela, Allah –l’Exalté- dit : ( En vérité c’est Nous qui avons fait descendre le Coran (Dzikr), et c’est Nous qui en sommes gardien ) (sourate Al Hijr, verset 9) et fait partie de la préservation du Dzikr –c'est-à-dire la législation islamique tirée du Qur’an et de la Sunna-, la préservation de la biographie de celui qui l’a apportée. Pour cela, Allah a voulu que la biographie de Son Messager (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) soit préservée dans plusieurs références authentifiées. Les principales références de la biographie prophétique sont au nombre de trois : * Le Qur’an noble : une bonne partie de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) est mentionnée dans le Qur’an. Allah –l’Exalté- a évoqué la situation du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) depuis son enfance dans ce verset : ( Ne t’a-t-Il pas trouvé orphelin ? Alors Il t’a accueilli ! Ne t’a-t-Il pas trouvé égaré ? Alors Il t’a guidé ) (sourate Ad-Douha, versets 6-7). Et Il a évoqué sa situation après qu’il eut commencé à recevoir la révélation, lorsqu’il eut peur et se rendit auprès de son épouse Khadîdja lui disant : enveloppez-moi, revêtez-moi. Allah fit descendre : ( O ! , toi, l’enveloppé [dans tes vêtements] ! Lève-toi [pour prier], toute la nuit, excepté une petite partie ; Sa moitié, ou un peu moins ; ou un peu plus. Et récite le Coran, lentement et clairement. Nous allons te révéler des paroles lourdes (très importantes) ) (sourate Al Mouzammil, versets 1-5) ; ( Ô , toi (Muhammad) ! Le revêtu d’un manteau ! Lève-toi et avertis. Et de ton Seigneur, célèbre la grandeur ) (sourate Al Moudatsir, versets 1-3). 6/15 Et Il a mentionné le récit de son mariage avec Zainab bint Jahch après qu’elle fut répudiée par son (premier) mari Zayd ibn Hâritsa –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui- : ( Il n’appartient pas à un croyant ou à une croyante, une fois qu’Allah et Son Messager ont décidé d’une chose d’avoir encore le choix dans leur façon d’agir. Et quiconque désobéit à Allah et à Son Messager, s’est égaré certes, d’un égarement évident. Quand tu disais à celui qu’Allah avait comblé de bienfaits, tout comme toi-même l’avais comblé : “Garde pour toi ton épouse et crains Allah”, et tu cachais en ton âme ce qu’Allah allait rendre public. Tu craignais les gens, et c’est Allah qui est plus digne de ta crainte. Puis quand Zayd eût cessé toute relation avec elle, Nous te la fîmes épouser, afin qu’il n’y ait aucun empêchement pour les croyants d’épouser les femmes de leurs fils adoptifs, quand ceux-ci cessent toute relation avec elles. Le commandement d’Allah doit être exécuté ) (sourate Al Ahzab, versets 36-37) Cette sourate –la sourate Al Ahzab- comporte plusieurs détails de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) avec ses épouses et ses Compagnons, de même qu’elle comporte beaucoup de détails sur la bataille des coalisés. Parmi les éléments de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) que renferme le Qur’an, il y a les versets qui descendaient à la suite de questions des Compagnons ou d’autres personnes sur un sujet quelconque, comme ce qui se passa lorsque les juifs interrogèrent le Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) au sujet de l’âme ; alors, Allah fit descendre ce verset : ( Et ils t’interrogent au sujet de l’âme, -Dis : “ l’âme relève de l’Ordre de mon Seigneur”. Et on ne vous a donné que peu de connaissance ) (sourate Al Isrâ, verset 85) Et parmi les sujets particuliers de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) contenus dans le Qur’an, il y a l’incident de la calomnie (al-ifk) mensongère contre son épouse Aïcha –qu’Allah soit satisfait d’elle ; le Qur’an a développé cet événement dans plus de dix versets dans la sourate An-Nour à partir du verset 11 jusqu’au verset 26. * La Sunna prophétique : nous avons déjà expliqué dans ce qui précède que la Sunna prophétique comporte l’essentiel des détails de la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ; que ce soit ce qu’il a lui même rapporté sur sa personne ou ce qu’ont rapporté de lui ses Compagnons –qu’Allah soit satisfait d’eux tous. Nous avons évoqué l’authenticité de cette référence ainsi que la méthode scientifique méticuleuse que les savants ont mise sur pied pour étudier la Sunna et ses références. 7/15 * Les livres écrits sur la biographie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) : nous avons suivi l’enchaînement de la compilation de ces livres et avons indiqué qu’il a commencé depuis l’ère des Compagnons –qu’Allah soit satisfait d’eux- et plus précisément sous le règne de Mouawiya ibn Abî Soufyan –Qu’Allah soit satisfait de lui-, l’écriture effective des livres commença et se poursuivit jusqu'à l’époque des disciples des Compagnons et ceux qui vinrent après eux. Il est possible de se référer au sous-titre relatif aux particularités de la biographie prophétique pour découvrir ces détails. La généalogie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) Les premières origines de la généalogie noble : Allah a choisi Muhammad (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) afin qu’il soit le Prophète ultime dont la bonne nouvelle de la venue a été annoncée par les Prophètes précédents –que la paix soit sur eux. Le Messager avait une lignée noble au sein de son peuple car il était de la tribu arabe la plus noble, c'est-à-dire la tribu qurayshite et dans la famille la plus illustre de cette tribu : la famille de Hâchim. Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) dit à ce propos : « Allah a choisi Kinana parmi les Fils d’Adam et a choisi Quraich parmi la descendance de Kinana et dans la lignée de Quraich, Il a choisi les Fils de Hâchim et m’a élu parmi les Fils de Hâchim, je suis donc le meilleur issu des meilleurs. » Ce choix était important car les regards convergeaient sur la maison du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) incarnée par Hâchim l’arrièregrand- père du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). Pour cela, la biographie prophétique a immortalisé cette maison et ses événements historiques depuis que le leadership fut transféré à Hâchim qui se chargeait de distribuer l’eau et la nourriture aux pèlerins ; il devint le point de mire et la fierté des Quraich. Après le décès de Hâchim, les gens suivirent de leurs regards et de leur allégeance le transfert du leadership à son frère Al Muttalib qui était un grand homme obéi et ayant un rang éminent au sein de son peuple. Son frère Hâchim avait une femme à Médine chez les Bani An- Najjar. Cette dernière eut avec Hâchim un enfant qui naquit après sa mort et le nomma Abdul Muttalib. Lorsque l’enfant eut grandi, son oncle paternel Al Muttalib se rendit à Yatsrib et le ramena à la Mecque où il reçut son éducation. Ensuite, Al Muttalib mourut à Radman au Yémen et son neveu Abdul Muttalib devint le chef après lui. 8/15 Il assura à son peuple ce qu’assuraient ses pères, c'est-à-dire distribuer de l’eau et de la nourriture aux pèlerins et gérer les affaires des gens. Il eut une gloire dans son peuple telle qu’aucun de ses pères n’en avait eu. Ce qui lui arriva de plus important est qu’il vit en songe un ordonnateur qui lui ordonnait de creuser le puits du Zamzam. Ce songe se reproduisit durant trois nuits ; alors, il sut que l’ordre était véridique et fit ce qui lui était ordonné puisqu’il creusa le puits du Zamzam dont l’eau continue à couler jusqu'à nos jours. Ensuite, Abdul Muttalib eut dix garçons parmi lesquels Abdullah, son enfant le plus aimé. Il y eut un évènement important entre Abdullah et son père qui attira sur lui l’attention des Quraychites. En effet, Abdul Muttalib avait fait un voeu à Allah suivant lequel il promettait d’immoler l’un de ses fils en offrande si Allah lui donnait dix garçons. Lorsqu’ils atteignirent dix, il fit un tirage au sort pour désigner celui qui devait être immolé ; ce fut Abdullah ; il reprit le tirage et ce fut toujours Abdullah. Alors, il l’amena auprès de la Kaaba pour l’immoler et accomplir ainsi son voeu. Les Quraychites l’empêchèrent de faire cela à cause de leur amour pour Abdullah. Ensuite, Abdul Muttalib eut recours à une voyante pour qu’elle lui trouve une issue pour son voeu. Elle lui dit de faire un nouveau tirage au sort et que si c’est toujours Abdullah qui est désigné, qu’il le remplace par dix chameaux, puis recommence la même chose à chaque fois que le choix est porté sur Abdullah ; et le tirage ne désigna les chameaux que lorsqu’ils atteignirent cent. Abdul Muttalib les immola tous en guise de rançon pour son fils et les Quraychites en furent réjouis. Cet évènement était un destin voulu par Allah –l’Exalté- car Abdullah dont il est question ici est le père du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ; ce dernier a d’ailleurs évoqué cela en disant : « Je suis le fils de deux immolés » faisant ainsi allusion au récit de son ancêtre Ibrahim Al Khalil (sur lui la Paix) lorsqu’Allah lui ordonna dans un songe d’immoler son fils et à ce récit de son grand-père Abdul Muttalib avec son père Abdullah. Avec cet extrait de la biographie prophétique, il apparaît clairement que la notabilité de la famille du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) avait fait que tous les événements qui s’y déroulaient étaient suivis avec un grand intérêt ; pour cette raison, ses détails les plus importants sont parfaitement connus. 9/15 Même le mariage d’Abdullah avec Amina bint Wahb ibn Abdou Manaf ibn Zouhra ibn Kilâb, et la mort de Abdullah après ce mariage duquel Abdullah a eu son fils unique avec Amina et qui naquit peu de temps après son décès ; ce nouveau-né était Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib, le Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). La généalogie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) : Les arabes sont célèbres pour leur intérêt pour les généalogies et la connaissance de ces dernières avec beaucoup de précision. Pour cela, l’histoire a conservé plusieurs héritages généalogiques dans un grand nombre de livres qui mentionnent les généalogies des tribus et de leurs phratries. Et parmi les généalogies conservées par ces livres de références, il y a celle du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). En effet, toutes les références s’accordent sur la généalogie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) sans aucune divergence orale ou écrite. Sa généalogie est : Muhammad fils de Abdullah, fils de Abdul Muttalib, fils de Hâchim, fils de Abdou Manaf, fils de Qousay, fils de Kilâb, fils de Mourra, fils de Kaab, fils de Louay, fils de Gâlib, fils de Fahr, -et c’est lui qu’on surnomme Quraich et de lui vient le nom de la tribu- fils de Mâlik, fils de An-Nadr, fils de Kinana, fils de Khouzaima, fils de Moudrika, fils de Ilyas, fils de Moudar, fils de Nazar, fils de Maad, fils de Adnan. L’enfance et la jeunesse Des documents historiques relatés par le biais de chaînes de rapporteurs continues jusqu'aux sources authentiques depuis l’époque du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) et ses Compagnons – qu’Allah soit satisfait d’eux-, ont enregistré les moindres détails de la jeunesse du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) et les événements qu’il a connus durant son enfance et sa jeunesse. Ces références indiquent qu’après sa naissance, son allaitement fut assuré par Halima As-Sa’diya car les arabes avaient pour habitude de confier leurs enfants aux femmes du désert afin qu’elles les allaitent dans le désert et qu’ils s’imprègnent de l’éloquence et grandissent dans la nature innée saine et la force corporelle. 10/15 Les références rapportent les signes précurseurs apparus à Halima et son époux depuis qu’ils eurent le nouvel enfant –Muhammad (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui). En effet, leur situation se métamorphosa de la misère à l’aisance ;leurs brebis chétives étaient devenues laitières et Halima elle-même avait désormais des seins débordants de lait, parce qu’elle était la nourrice du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ; il y eut bien d’autres choses rapportées par Halima et indiquées dans les références. L’enfant resta avec Halima jusqu'à l’âge de cinq ans et elle ne le remis que parce qu’elle eut peur pour lui à cause d’un évènement qui lui arriva. C’est l’évènement de l’ouverture de la poitrine. En effet, deux Anges vinrent trouver le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) pendant qu’il était parmi les jeunes en train de jouer. Ils le prirent et ouvrirent sa poitrine, sortirent son coeur et le lavèrent dans une cuvette puis le remirent en place. La plaie se cicatrisa comme si rien ne s’était passé. Lorsque les jeunes en compagnie du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) racontèrent cet évènement à Halima et son mari, ils furent atterrés de peur pour lui et décidèrent de le ramener à sa famille à la Mecque. Cependant, le fils n’avait pas encore pleinement atteint l’âge de six ans que sa mère Amina mourut. Son grand-père Abdul Muttalib se chargea de son éducation et lorsque l’enfant atteignit l’âge de huit ans et deux mois et dix jours, son grand-père Abdul Muttalib mourut et il fut placé sous la tutelle de son oncle paternel Abû Tâlib. Il resta sous sa protection jusqu'à l’âge de quarante ans. Au début de sa jeunesse, le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) avait travaillé dans la garde des moutons des Quraychites contre des dirhams qu’ils lui donnaient conformément à la tradition des Prophètes avant lui. Le mariage et l’âge adulte Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) était spécial dans son adolescence de même qu’il était spécial dans son enfance et sa jeunesse. D’éminentes qualités morales étaient apparues en lui si bien que les Quraychites l’avaient surnommé Al-Amîn (le digne de confiance) et lui confiaient leurs dépôts. Puisque telle était sa situation auprès de son peuple, ces qualités attirèrent vers lui la grande dame de Quraich, la riche commerçante Khadîdja bint Khuweilid. 11/15 Elle lui donna mandat de faire du commerce en son nom et il fut un excellent commerçant honnête et lui fit réaliser de grands bénéfices. Lorsqu’elle vit son dynamisme, sa sincérité, son honnêteté et ses bonnes qualités, elle lui suggéra de l’épouser. Elle avait quarante ans et le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) avait vingt cinq ans. Il accepta sa demande et le mariage eut lieu. Il lui fut fidèle. Le fait le plus important qui se déroula entre lui et les Quraychites est que ces derniers ayant voulu reconstruire la Kaaba après la destruction subie par l’une de ses parties le firent jusqu'à atteindre l’emplacement de la Pierre Noire, et c’est une pierre qu’ils révéraient. Les Quraychites divergèrent sur celui qui devait avoir l’honneur de poser cette pierre à son emplacement. Leur divergence fut si profonde qu’ils étaient sur le point d’engager une lutte fratricide ; toutefois, ils furent satisfaits de l’avis de celui qui leur suggéra de se soumettre au jugement du premier passant. Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) fut le premier passant qui arriva auprès d’eux ; lorsqu’ils le virent, ils s’écrièrent tous de joie : nous acceptons le digne de confiance comme juge. Ils lui expliquèrent la situation alors, il leur demanda un habit sur lequel il plaça la Pierre Noire et demanda à chaque groupe de désigner une personne parmi eux. Chaque clan choisit une personne, puis il leur demanda de venir la soulever ensemble et lorsqu’ils l’élevèrent jusqu'à sa position sur la Kaaba, le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) la prit et la mis à sa place. Et avec cet évènement, sa renommée s’accrut auprès des Quraychites et d’autres. La révélation et la prophétie Parmi les choses dignes d’être mentionnées avant d’évoquer la révélation et la prophétie, il y a un évènement important dans la vie de Muhammad (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) : lorsqu’il atteignit l’âge de dix ans –ou un peu plus-, son oncle paternel Abû Tâlib l’amena avec lui au cours de son voyage commercial en Grande Syrie (Ach-Cham) jusqu'à ce qu’ils arrivèrent à Bousra qui est une ville sur la route de la Grande Syrie ; à cet endroit, ils rencontrèrent un moine qu’on appelait Bahira et son nom est Jirjice ; le convoi descendit auprès de lui ; il les honora et leur offrit une bonne hospitalité ; ensuite, il vit l’enfant Muhammad ibn Abdullah en leur compagnie et le reconnut grâce à sa description mentionnée dans leur livre. Il dit en tenant la main de l’enfant : celui-ci est le maître de l’Univers, celui-ci sera envoyé par Allah comme miséricorde pour l’Univers. 12/15 Ensuite, il demanda son père. Abû Tâlib dit : Je suis son père ; Bahira répondit : Son père ne doit pas être vivant. Abû Tâlib lui raconta son histoire et Bahira lui dit : Celui-ci est le Prophète dont Jésus a fait la bonne annonce et nous trouvons sa description dans nos livres ; puis il dit : sois prudent avec lui envers les juifs. Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) a grandit à la Mecque jusqu'à l’âge de quarante ans se distinguant par des qualités qui ont ébloui ceux qui étaient autour de lui. Il était très intelligent, très affable, d’une bonne moralité, sincère, avait des moeurs et une forme parfaites, était d’une générosité impeccable, ambitieux, d’une réflexion et d’une méditation profondes, aimant la retraite et évitant la futilité et la paresse, bannissant les idoles, au coeur serein, d’une âme éminente et lorsque le début de sa prophétie s’approchait, on lui fit aimer la retraite spirituelle. Il se retirait pendant plusieurs nuits et demeurait dans la grotte Hirâ pour se dévouer à l’adoration, réfléchissant et méditant. Ensuite, les signes successifs de la prophétie se mirent à lui apparaître ; les plus importants étaient les songes véridiques. Ainsi, il ne voyait rien en songe sans que cela ne se réalise avec une clarté semblable à celle de l’aurore. Cette situation dura six mois puis le Qur’an noble lui fut révélé pendant qu’il s’était retiré dans la grotte Hirâ pour l’adoration ; c’était au cours du vingt septième jour du mois de ramadan –selon l’avis le plus vraisemblable. Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) a dit dans un hadith rapporté par son épouse Aïcha : « La révélation débuta chez le Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) par des visions véridiques pendant son sommeil. Chacune de ces visions se réalisait avec une clarté semblable à celle de l’aurore. Ensuite, il se prit à aimer la retraite. Il se retira alors dans la caverne de Hirâ où il se livra au tahannouts, c'est-à-dire à la pratique de l’adoration durant un certain nombre de nuits consécutives, sans qu’il revînt chez lui ; aussi se munissait-il à cet effet des provisions de bouche. 13/15 Ensuite, il revenait vers Khadîdja –son épouse- et prenait les provisions nécessaires pour une nouvelle retraite. Cela dura jusqu'à ce que la Vérité lui fût enfin apportée pendant qu’il se trouvait dans cette caverne de Hirâ. L’Ange vint alors le trouver et lui dit : Lis ! Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) dit : « je répondis : Je ne suis point de ceux qui lisent. L’Ange me saisit aussitôt et me pressa au point de me faire perdre toute force ; puis, il me lâcha et dit : « Lis » « Je ne suis point de ceux qui lisent » répliquai-je encore. Il me saisit une deuxième fois, me pressa au point de m’enlever toute force, puis me lâcha et dit : ( Lis, au nom de ton Seigneur qui a créé, qui a créé l’homme d’une adhérence. Lis ! Ton Seigneur est le Très Noble, qui a enseigné par la plume [le calame], a enseigné à l’homme ce qu’il ne savait pas ) (sourate Al Alaq, versets 1-5) En possession de ces versets le coeur tout palpitant, le Messager d’Allah rentra chez Khadîdja bint Khowaïlid et s’écria : « Enveloppezmoi ! Enveloppez-moi ! On l’enveloppa jusqu'au moment où son effroi fut dissipé. Alors, s’adressant à Khadîdja, il la mit au courant de ce qui s’était passé, puis il ajouta : « Ah ! J’ai cru que j’en mourrais ! » Non pas, j’en jure par Allah ! répondit Khadîdja ; certes jamais, Allah ne t’infligera d’affronts ; car tu es uni avec tes proches, tu soutiens les faibles, tu donnes à ceux qui n’ont rien, tu héberges les hôtes et tu secours les victimes de malheurs. Puis, Khadîdja l’amena chez Waraqa ibn Nawfal ibn Abdul Ouzza. Cet homme, qui était un cousin paternel de Khadîdja avait embrassé le christianisme aux temps antéislamiques. Il savait tracer les caractères hébraïques et avait copié en hébreu toute la partie de l’Evangile qu’Allah avait voulu qu’il transcrivit. Il était âgé et était devenu aveugle. Ô mon cousin, lui dit Khadîdja, écoute ce que va te dire le fils de ton frère. Ô fils de mon frère, répondit Waraqa, de quoi s’agit-il ? Le Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) raconta alors ce qu’il avait vu. Cet Ange, dit Waraqa est le Confident (Nâmous) qu’Allah a envoyé autrefois à Moïse. Plût à Allah que je fusse jeune en ce moment ! Ah ! Que je voudrais être encore vivant à l’époque où tes concitoyens te banniront ! Ils me chasseront donc, s’écria le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) ? Oui, reprit Waraqa. Jamais un homme n’a apporté ce que tu apportes sans être persécuté ! Si je vis encore ce jour là, je t’aiderai de toutes mes forces. » Après cela, Waraqa ne tarda pas à mourir, et la Révélation fut interrompue. » 14/15 Après cet évènement, le Messager d’Allah (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) continua à recevoir la révélation du Qur’an noble à la Mecque treize ans durant, puis à Médine après l’hégire pendant dix ans jusqu'à ce que la Révélation du Qur’an fut complète. C’est le livre qui contient le miracle du Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) en ce qui concerne sa langue, son contenu et ses sens, grâce aux informations et aux signes de l’espace et des âmes qu’il renferme, ainsi que les réalités scientifiques miraculeuses, outre le fait qu’il soit un livre renfermant les législations de l’Islam et ses préceptes. Le Prophète (Paix et bénédiction d’Allah sur lui) a passé les premières années de sa mission, c'est-à-dire treize ans à la Mecque où ses habitants l’ont persécuté et l’ont banni pour qu’il émigre vers Médine la Lumineuse où il créa l’état islamique et où les législations islamiques se complétèrent et son cadre s’élargit hors de la péninsule arabique jusqu'à ce qu’Allah décréta sa mort en l’an dix de l’hégire. 15/15
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