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The Bodily Ascent of The Prophet Muhammad

BODILY ASCENT OF THE PROPHET AND FIVE TIMES DAILY PRAYERS

In a report of Al-Bukhari we find: "Among the things whatever Allah revealed to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) include fifty prayers.

God said: "Fifty prayers are enjoined on your followers in every span of a day and night.' Then he (the Prophet) descended till he met Moses who stopped him and said: O Muhammad! What your Lord had entrusted upon you?

He said: Fifty prayers in a day and night.

Moses said: Your people can not withstand to that. Go back, so that your Lord reduce it for you and them.

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam- turned to Gabriel as if he wanted his opinion about it. Gabriel said: Yes if you wish. Gabriel ascended with him to Irresistible. Then he (the Prophet) beseeched 'O my Lord! Lessen the prayers from us our people cannot withstand to it.

So He reduced ten prayers. Then the prophet returned, then again Moses stopped him and kept on sending him back to his Lord till the enjoined prayers became five daily.

Then again Moses persuaded the Prophet (alaihi alsalam) and said: O Muhammad! By Allah I enticed my nation, Bani Israel to do less than this, but they declined and left it. Your people are weaker in body, heart, hearing and sight, beseech thy Lord to reduce it further.

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) turned towards Gabriel for advice, he did not disagree with it. Gabriel ascended with him for the fifth time.

The Prophet said: O my Lord! My people are weaker in body, heart, hearing so lighten it (prayers) further.

The Irresistible said: O Muhammad!

He said: Here I am at your service happily my Lord.

Allah said: That what that cometh form Me cannot be changed as I have

Assigned upon you in the Book (the Preserved Tablet) whosoever (i.e. faithful) bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, so these five upon you are equal to fifty in reward in the Book.

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) returned to Moses who asked what happened.

He said: He did reduce from us and gave a tenfold reward on every good deed.

Moses said: I enticed Bani Israel for lesser than that but they left, you go back to your Lord for further reduction.

The Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) O Moses! By Allah, I feel ashamed of returning to my Lord in difference to His order.

He said: Then you descent in Allah's name..."

In report of Muslim by way of Thabit Albanani we find reduction of five prayers at each ascent. There is no contradiction in two reports, it only makes that reduction of ten was achieved in two times. And to say 'These are five and fifty in reward and the word that cometh from Me cannot be changed' means that Allah hath appointed five daily prayers with a reward of fifty, so it remained unchanged.

In a report of Al Nasai by way of Yazid bin Malik from Anas Moses told the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) that only two prayers were made obligatory in a day on Bani Israel (Jews) but they did not fulfill it, therefore he should request of lessening the number of prayers.

It may be recalled that Ghulam Ahmad Parvez (curse on him) had denounced the five daily prayers. I have refuted him in Vol. I. Ch: I. Part III of this book. (See. The National Evidence on Hadith and Five Daily Prayers) I have proved that from One thousand four hundred and nine years in Al Medinah and after the conquest of Makkah, these five daily prayers have continuously been offered without break. Every year hundreds of thousand Muslims coming for Haj and Umrah offer these five daily prayers in congregation. There can be no proof greater than that for five daily prayers. We can say that Parvez was preaching two prayers of Jews, which were made obligatory on them at the time of Moses (alaihi alsalam).

After the bodily ascent of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) in Meraj these five daily prayers were offered in congregation and these continue as such till this day. It was the reason that Parvez denounced the Meraj (ascent) the very basis of five daily prayers in order to serve the enemies of Islam working for disintegration of Pakistan.

I have written such undeniable facts in proof of the bodily ascent of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) which Inshallah shall ever shine till Doomsday like the twinkling stars of the sky and these stars will tell their onlookers O Mankind! The Lord Who created us and made us to traverse with millions of tons of our weight in the space that Great Creator is certainly able to carry away the light body of the Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam- to seven heavens.

The Muslims offering five daily prayers in the Mosques of the world will continue to hold Ghulam Ahmad Parvez a liar (the curse of God fall upon him).

LIST OF THE COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET WHO NARRATED THE BODILY ASCENT OF THE APOSTLE OF ALLAH (SALLALLAHO ALAIHI WASALLAM-

The Meraj (=ascent) is that grand miracle which has been narrated by a number of Sahabas (companions) Seouti has mentioned those names in 'Alkhasais Alkubra'. They are:

  1. Anas bin Malik
  2. Obai bi Kaab
  3. Buraida
  4. Jabir bin Abdullah
  5. Huzaifa bin Alyaman
  6. Samar bin Jandab
  7. Sahal bin Saad
  8. Shaddad bin Aus
  9. Sohaib
  10. Abdullah bin Abbas
  11. Abdullah bin Omar
  12. Abdullah bin Masud
  13. Abdullah bin Amaru
  14. Abdullah bin Asaad bin Zararah
  15. Abd al Rahman bin Qarat
  16. Ali bin Abi Talib
  17. Omar bin Alkhattab
  18. Malik bin Sasa
  19. Omme Salmah
  20. Abu Ayub Alansari
  21. Abi Wahab
  22. Abi Alkhudri
  23. Abi Zar
  24. Abu Saeed Alkhudri
  25. Abu sufyan
  26. Abu Laila Alansari
  27. Abu Haraira
  28. Syedah Aesha
  29. Asma bint Abu Bakar
  30. Omme Hani

MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH ALL OF THEM

THE MIRACLE OF MERAJ (=THE BODILY ASCENT) OF THE GREAT PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SALLALLAHO ALAIHI WASALLAM- COMPRISES OF MANY MIRACLES & SIGNS

It is preceded that the heart of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) was operated once in the childhood and lastly before the commencement of his journey and ascent to seven heavens. (See. The Heart Operation in the 7th Century Revelation, And See, Testimony 4) It has also been proved that the process of his heart operation scientifically covers the present day heart operations. The 7th century brain could never work out these details. It was said that the angels used a gold basin and use of gold is prohibited for men in Islam. This is a stupid objection as the angels obey Allah only. The wisdom involved in use of gold basin is that gold does not get rusted and it is far better than the use of stainless steel.

At the time of the Great Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) the copper utensils were used. If his extracted heart had been put in a copper basin, the present day scientists had objected to it and said that the copper is subject: to quick infection and septic. Even the food is spoiled in a copper basin, if it is without a coating of tin.

Therefore, we now perfectly see the wisdom involved in using a gold basin. Certainly, his heart operation was done to infuse in him the supernatural characteristics of the people of Heaven and to make him firm in the observation of the divine marvels. This also establishes that the ascent was bodily, as the spiritual ascent did not require a heart operation.

The other portent used in the ascent is 'Buraq' (= an animal bigger than the ass but less than a mule. See, the Testimony 15). The present day scientists are aware of the vastness of the space. They could have this knowledge only after thousand years of the advent of Islam.

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) describing the tremendous speed of 'Buraq' said: "It put its step on the utmost limit of eye." These words are in itself the proof of his truthfulness. To the contrary, if he had uttered any words other than those, the scientists had objected that how a distance which is measured in millions of light years can be covered in terms of miles etc. the Prophet's utterance that it put its step on the utmost limit of eye proved that it was a special creation with an amazing super speed which could reach on the heaven of the world in a twinkle of an eye.

The gathering of the prophet's in a kindly welcome to greet the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) at Bait al Maqdis and then again in the skies is a portent of God. Imam Al-Baihaqui said: "The prophets are like martyrs." There gathering from place to place was in the elevation of the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) as intended by Allah.

He was received in every sky by few prophets and angels with a warm welcome and finally in an assembly wherein each prophet stood with praises to Allah and then said how Allah had strengthed him with miracles. Lastly, the guest of honour, the Great Prophet and the Chief of all the Prophet's rose to address the assembly and said:

Everyone of you praised his Lord .Lo! I also praise my Lord, Who sent me as mercy *(44) to the worlds, a bearer of glad tiding and a warner to all mankind's. He revealed unto me the Criterion (the Quran) which explicates everything and made my people the best of all peoples sent forth for mankind, and made them to the first (to enter Heaven) and the last (of the peoples as the Prophet came last, there is no prophet after him). He laid open my chest (See. The Heart Operation In The 7th Century Revelation) and eased for me my burden, and exalted my fame (See. The Exaltation of the Dignity of The Prophet) and made me the very first and the very last.

Abraham said: With all this, He excelled you O Muhammad. (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) (Abu Huraira/Ibn Jarir)

Ibn Kathir in explanation to the above verse quoted a true event which has been narrated by Abu Mansur Al Sabbagh in his book 'Al-Shamil' by way of Al Otaibi who said: "I was sitting by the grave of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) that a Bedouin came and said: 'Peace be upon you O Apostle of Allah! I have heard Allah said: And if they had wronged...And the Apostle had begged forgiveness for them...They would find Allah Relenting and Merciful. Then he said: I have come to The aforesaid facts, regarding the inaugural address and the addresses of the prophet and lastly the address of the Chief of the Prophet all this point out to ultra-modern manner of welcoming a guest which was unfounded in 7th century of the Christian Era.

However, therefore the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) was raised to Bait al Mamoor (Much Frequented House. See Foot Note. 40) There seventy thousand angels perform the prayers when they leave they never return to it.

Among the greatest signs of God is the Lote Tree, which has partially been mentioned in the preceding pages. It is such a big tree that its roots are in the 6th heaven and its branches over hang the 7th heaven and nothing equals it in grandeur and beauty. He saw Gabriel in the real shape. It is preceded that his stately form fills the horizon and his wings cover east and west. He saw him once in Makkah and then again, he saw him near Lote Tree in his original form.

At Bait al Mamoor he was offered milk and a drink. He chose the milk. Gabriel said you chose the nature. You and your people will remain in inherent nature. The milk and the drink was also offered at Bait al Maqdis, there too he had chosen the milk. He was further raised above Bait al Mamoor to a place where he heard the sound of the moving pens *45. The angels copy down the commands and the fates to be executed all over the world.

The Hell is also among the great signs of the Lord, it was shown to the Prophet (as we see the things on the TV screen). (See. The Modern Inventions and the Quran)

He was taken to the Heaven and shown its comforts and bliss. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) was the first to enter the Heaven in his lifetime, and he would be the first to enter the Heaven after the Day of Reckoning.

In the narrative of the book 'shifa al Sudoor', (See pp. 278 to 281) The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam- said: "...A green carpet was lowered for me, its light prevailed over the light of the sun, and my eyes glistened with its light. I was taken on that carpet till I reached the Throne (=Al Arsh). There I saw something most amazing which could not be described in words. A drop fell from the Throne on my tongue, which tasted so well that never anyone had tasted anything better than it. There Allah bestowed me the knowledge of the firsts and the lasts and my heart was enlightened. The light of the Throne prevailed over my eyesight, and then I began to see from my heart, and from behind and from in-between my shoulders as I see in my front."

In a report the Throne is also among the greatest signs of the Lord, and that it talked with the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam). The Throne and the upholders of the Throne are also among the greatest signs of the Lord.

Jabir narrated, the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) said: I am permitted to tell you about an angel among the upholder of the Throne. A bird flying for the seven hundred years will covere the distance between his earlobe and the neck.

Ibn Kathir said that all the men narrating this tradition are trustworthy.

The Great Creator who created this universe with an ever-expanding space and created most voluminous stars he did create the angels bigger than them.

THE DESCENT

Ibn Kathir referring to the descent of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) says: It is famous in the books of traditions as preceded that Gabriel introduced him with the prophets to pay them a salute of recognition. He assembled with them before entering into the Aqsa Mosque, then again, he assembled with them into the heavens, then he descended with them to Bait al Maqdis, and offered the congregation with them, then he rode back to Makkah on Al Buraq.

I have partly mentioned the tradition mentioned by Umme Hani, in the same narrative the opposition of Qureysh as to his night journey also started. After listening to the description of the night journey Mut'im said: O Muhammad! Had you been that true as was famous for you, you would have not uttered what you described now that in single night after having performed this great journey you are before us. Among the folk, a man said: Have you passed our caravan at such and such place?

He said: Yes, By Allah I saw them. They had lost their camel and were searching it. He said: Did you pass through the camels of so and so?

He said: Yes, I saw them such and such place. And I found their red she camel had broken her leg. They had a bowl of water, I drank from it.

They said: You inform us of their number.

He said: That I had not counted their numbers. Allah made that caravan to appear before and was able to know their numbers and the herdsmen. Then he said to Qureysh: You asked me about the camels of such and such man and they are so and so, and their herdsmen are so and so. You asked me about the camels of such and such man, they are so and so and among them are the herdsmen of Abu Quhafa, and they are so and so and they will reach at Thaniyya (Ta'neem-Makkah) tomorrow.

He said: They all sat at Thaniyya to test his truth. The camels arrived. They asked them: Had you lost a camel?

They replied: Yes.

They asked: Had your red she camel broken her leg?

They replied: yes. etc. etc. (Al-Tabrani)

In a report of Ibn Asakar and Abu Yala from Umme Hani. Mut'im said: "We reached to Bait al Maqdis beating our camel in one month and come back in one month and you assert that you crossed this journey in one night. By Lat and Uzzah I will not testify you..."

In the same narrative the details of the caravan are mentioned and when they confirmed all the details given by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) they called him a magician.

THE MIRACLE OF RETAINING THE SUN IN ITS PLACE.

Ismail bin Abd al Rahman Alqurshi narrated: When the Apostle of was carried on a night journey and he told his folk about its signs (for its proof) and the caravan. They asked when the caravan would arrive?

He said: On Wednesday.

When the day came, Qureysh waited for the caravan till the day began to run out. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) prayed Allah and he retained the sun in its place and expanded the day by one hour. The sun was not retained except for the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) and for Joshua son of Nun when he fought against the people of great strength on Friday till the sun began to set. He feared that if the sun set the night on Saturday will begin, and in their religion, the fight was prohibited on Saturday. He prayed Allah and he returned the sun for him till he finished the fight. (Al-Dalail,Al-Baihaqui)

The sun was returned for Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) another time.

Asma bint Amis said: The Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) was receiving a revelation while his head was resting on the lap of Ali who had not offered his Asr (afternoon) prayers till the sun set. The Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) said: O Allah! Ali was in obedience to thee and thy Prophet, so return the sun for him. Asma said I had seen it setting then I saw it coming up after it had set. In the words of Al-Tabrani, it rose till it stayed over the mountain and the land. Ali stood up and performed the ablution and offered the Asr prayers and then it set.

It occurred at 'Al Sahba' (a place between Al Medinah and Khyber) (Al Khasais al Kubra.Vol.II.p.82)

In this event, there is an admonition for those who forsake their prayers. The prayer is such a great obligation that the sun was returned for its performance. And the reason was that how a man can run into a sin when he was retained in his place in obedience to Allah and his Prophet. That is why Allah returned the sun on the prayers of his beloved slave and the Prophet (alaihi alsalam).

The Quran very evidently spoke of the movement of the stars and the planets (See. Testimony 14). The sun and the stars are the creations of Allah and He is the Doer of all that he intends. The Quran spoke of the splitting of the moon in past tense. Had it not occurred, Qureysh would have opposed Islam tooth and nail. (See. The splitting of The Moon) So when the moon could split, the sun was also returned on the command of its Creator, or He changed the rotation of the earth and made the sun reappear or by any other way in His Omniscient knowledge.

However, these miracles are invitation to believe in the unseen power of God one may believe or refuse. He who refuses will be thrown into the Fire of Hell.

The refusal to accept a miracle is to refuse the Omnipotence of God. The Quran said: Whoso disobeyeth Allah and His Apostle. Lo! For him is the Fire of Hell wherein he will dwell forever. (72/23) Disobeying of Allah and his Apostle is to refuse the teachings of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) which reached to us by way of traditions.

AFTER THE DESCENT FROM MERAJ THE APPEARANCE OF BAIT AL MAQDIS BEFORE THE CHIEF OF THE PROPHETS (NABI AL ANBIA)

In the narrative of Abu Saeed Al Khudri after the details of the night journey, we find that Abu Jahal opposed the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) and said: "Are you not amazed on what Muhammad says. He asserts that he went to Bait al Maqdis last night and by morning, he is before us. Everyone among us beating his ride reaches there in one month, So this is two months journey (performed) in a single night.

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) told them about the caravan of Qureysh that he saw it on such a place and saw it at Aqba on his return.

He informed them about everyman and his camels and goods. Hearing this Abu Jahal said: He is informing us of many things.

A man among the polytheists said: I very well know about Bait al Haqdis, its structure, shape and its closeness with the mountain. I will let you know if he is true or liar. That polytheist came and said: O Muhammad! I very well know about Bait al Maqdis. You tell me its structure, shape and how much it is close from the mountain?

Bait al Maqdis was raised before the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) at the place he was sitting. He saw towards it as if one sees his house and its structure. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) described its structure, shape and its closeness to the mountain. The man said, you uttered the truth. He went back to his companions and told them that Muhammad said the truth. (Al-Dalail, Albaihaqui)

In the narrative of Shaddad bin Aus besides the details of the night journey there is: "...Abu Bakar came to me and said: O Apostle of Allah! Where were you? I sought you at your place. He said: I had been to Bait al Maqdis last night.

Abu Bakar said: O Apostle of Allah it is one month's journey. Describe it to me.

He said: A way was open to it from me and looking at it I told about everything which was asked from me.

Abu Bakar said: I testify you are the Apostle of Allah..." (Al-Tirmizi)

Abu Salma narrated that Jabir bin Abdullah heared the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam- saying: When Qureysh denied my journey by night to Bait al Maqdis, I was standing in Hatim. Allah made Bait al Maqdis to appear before me. Looking at it, I told all its description.

THE MERAJ (ASCENT) AND ITS ENDING

There are various other traditions, which entail the miracle of appearance of the Jerusalem and its temple (Bait al Maqdis). Many denounced this miracle and said that how in Makkah could Jerusalem appear before the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam). We care the least for such distracted minds.

They cover their enmity to Islam under the guise of beautiful eloquence and drag the people off the right path.

The present development of science produced proof of the aforesaid miracle. Today we see the programs of the other countries in our houses. Among the onlookers are the followers of Pervez and Quadiynis. They say hurrah on the T.V. programs relayed by human made machines. But when they are told that Allah the Creator of the world made Bait al Maqdis to appear before the Prophet, they disbelieve it. They believe that God's knowledge is lesser than human knowledge. Would that one weep on such distracted minds.

This is the famous event of the history that once Omar bin Al-Khattab while delivering speech before Friday prayers in Al Medinah, suddenly cried: O Saria! Look towards the mountain. Saria who was fighting against the enemy forces in Iraq and his soldiers heard this voice and got warned from the unexpected attack of the enemy from the mountainside.

What did the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) say about Bait al Maqdis? That Allah made Jerusalem appears before him. The Pervezis and the Quadiynis think Allah feebler than His creatures. Certainly, Allah is Omnificent, Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent and doer of all things.

All praises to Allah Who made me to write the solid facts on the bodily ascent of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam). If God wishes these facts would always glisten and the Muslims reading, it will praise His Greatness and the enemies of Islam will gnash their teeth in anger over me.

43. To get close to God by way of devotion is proved by the verse of the Quran: 'Prostrate thyself and come closer to (God).' This is already stated in Testimony 19 (N). In another verse, we find: 'Verily the pious will be amid Gardens and rivers in a good seat near a Sovereign Omnipotent.' The Arabic word 'ind' used in this verse is the adverb of place, which points that the people of Heaven will enjoy a real nearness to God. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) had possessed all the qualities of the people of Heaven before his ascent. See. Testimony 18. Therefore, no wonder if he enjoyed a real closeness to God as stated in the aforementioned narrative.

44. He is mercy to the people of the world as after his advent the general torments from over the nations for their disobedience to Allah has been stopped under which the people of Noah, Aad, Thamud and the people of Lut etc. were destroyed. He is mercy for those sinful Muslims who in their grave while replying to the interrogations of the angels recognize the image of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam_ and saved forthwith from sufferings of grave. He is mercy for the people of the Heaven, as he will open the entry to the Heaven with his people. He is mercy for the Muslims in Hell, as they will be taken out after his intercession with Allah. He is mercy for those Muslims who came to him and beseeching the penitence requested for those intercessions to God. As the Quran said: "And if they had wronged themselves, had come to thee and begged forgiveness of Allah and the Apostle had begged forgiveness for them, they would find Allah Relenting and Merciful." (4/64)

you offering my penitence, seeking your intercession to my Lord, and said a quatrain:

'You are the best of those who were buried and the perfume of their bones spread all over the land and the hills. I sacrifice my life over the grave you are in, that contains munificence and generosity.'

Al Otaibi said: The Bedouin went away, my eyes got closed with slumber and I saw the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) saying: Get the Bedouin and inform him that Allah has forgiven him.(Ibn Kathir) This is the true event. One who saw the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) in a dream, he did see the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) (Hadith)

45. It may be noted that Allah first created the pen and it wrote the fate of everything on the Preserved Tablet fifty thousand years before the creation of the world. What the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallam) heard were the sound produced by the pens of the angels copying out orders from the Preserved Tablet for execution.