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Remembering Israk Mikraj

Do we realise that if Israk Mikraj never happened on Rejab 27th, we would have been performing more than five prayer times a day. In general, Israk Mikraj is a journey of our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW to Sidratul Muntaha to meet Allah SWT as a command from Him to perform daily prayers of five times a day.

 

Through the phenomenal event arranged by Allah, it is seen as one of His divinities that we as human should acknowledge without questioning why. Allah also wants to remind all mankind His power is beyond ordinary that no human has the capability to imagine the truest power of the Almighty.

 

The event of Israk Mikraj is recited by Allah in the holy Quran, Surah Al-Israq verses 1 and 60:

“Glory be to Him, Who transported His Servant one night from the Masjid-i-Haram to the distant Temple, whose surroundings We have blessed, so that we might show him some of Our Sings:1 the fact is that He alone is All-Hearing and All-Seeing.” Surah Al-Isra’: 1

“And [remember, O Muhammad], when We told you, “Indeed, your Lord has encompassed the people.” And We did not make the sight which We showed you except as a trial for the people, as was the accursed tree [mentioned] in the Qur’an. And We threaten them, but it increases them not except in great transgression.” Surah Al-Isra’: 60

 

Apart from that, Israk Mikraj was also an event of substitution for the grief of Prophet Muhammad SAW, after he faced a multitude of trials, particularly the tremendous opposition in his dakwah efforts. Sadly, he was commanded to leave the township of Thaif.

 

Meanwhile, the loss of his relative, Abu Talib was also the cause of Muhammad’s grief and his uncle died in a state of disbelief to Allah SWT. In fact, the death of his beloved wife, Siti Khadijah Khuwailid further extended Muhammad’s grief.

 

In addition to the indication of the greatness of Allah SWT through the phenomenal event of Israk Mikraj, it was also concocted to enlighten the recognition of Muhammad as the final messenger of Allah in the Earth. So with the presence of Israk Mikraj, this proves the honour of Prophet Muhammad SAW and that of it should be remembered all the time.

 

As told in the holy Quran, Mikraj is a journey of Muhammad to Sidratul Muntaha, at which he received the command of Allah to perform prayers during the day and night. Initially, the call for prayers was set to as many as 50 times per day, however so, the Prophet solicited the order to be reduced to five times a day as it is today.

 

Even though the event of Israk Mikraj is absolutely unimaginable and beyond our ability to visualise, all believers holding the faith to Allah SWT must be convinced with the event without any doubts. That’s because surely only Allah SWT knows every thing in His power. What needs to be seeded in the heart is our belief towards Him and that we are required to be in a state of belief by performing daily prayers five times a day to prove our faith to Him.