ME'RAJ (ASCENSION)

The tenth year of Nubuwwat was also of great significance, since, in this year, in the month of Shawwal, Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) made nikah with Hazrat Aisha-binte-Abu-Bakr (R.A.) and Sawdah-binte-Zam'a (R.A.)

In this same year on the 27 Rajab, while he was asleep, he was awakened by Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) who took him to the heavens where he was shown the glory of Allah's creation and the Jannah (Paradise) and Jahannam (Hell).

His journey started from between the Ka'bah known as 'Muqam-e-Ibrahim', an area where Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) had rested while he was building the Ka'bah.

Accompanied by Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S), Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) mounted the lightning 'Buraaq', the winged horse, and visited  the Masjid-e-Aqsah in Jerusalem where he led all the Prophets in the performance of two rakat Nafil Salaat.

After the Saalat, Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) took Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) through the heavens where he met one prominent Prophet in each stage of the heavens until they reached 'Sidrat-ul-Muntaha', a stage in the seventh heaven, where Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) left Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) to proceed alone to his Divine Meeting with Allah.

It was at this meeting that the 'Five' times Saalat was ordered for the Muslims as a special gift. 
In the morning, when Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) related about his Ascension, the Quraish would not believe what they heard. They cross examined Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) and tried to prove him wrong. Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) proved that a caravan headed for Makkah was in a certain position and would reach Makkah at a certain time. This was confirmed true and the Quraish were held spellbound by this disclosure.The Quraish challenged Hazrat Abu  Bakr (R.A.) to support the statement of his close friend Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him). Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) was bold in accepting whatever Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) said. From then onward, by virtue of this acceptance of any word of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) earned the title 'Siddique' (A Faithful Witness of the Truth).

The Me'raj (Ascension) was such a Divine miracle that Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) admitted that on his return, he found that his bed had not lost its warmth.

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