Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 3

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Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 3.

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِى أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الاْقْصَى الَّذِى بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ ءايَـتِنَآ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ

(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.)

Surah 17 Al Isra Verse 1

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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:

(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 –

(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:

(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,

(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,

((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,

(I saw light.)

The Report of Jabir bin `Abdullah.

(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).

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