Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 4

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Al-Isra (The Night Journey): Part 4.

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 `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,

(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:

(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,

(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,

(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.

(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:

(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,

(Yes). He said, `What is it’ He said,

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

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

(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,

(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:

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

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

(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 travelled to that land and seen the sanctuary, so the Messenger of Allah said,

(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.

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