Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 2

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Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 2.

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:

(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:

(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:

(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;

(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.

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