Isra’ Wal Mi’raj, Commandments and Us

alHamra’, Duta Drive – Tonight is the night of al-Isra’ Wal Mi’raj. In rememberence of our Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) nocturnal journey to the heavens on the 27th of Rejab, I’ve managed to  listen to a short lecture on the historical occasion.

I guess the terminology needs no more elaboration especially with my limited Islamic literary eloquence. However, I would like to just jot down some thoughts on the magical rendezvous that was experienced solely by the Prophet (PBUH).

The Prophet’s ascendancy to the skies and heavens and his tete-a-tete meeting with Allah was something that had never occurred to the rest of Allah’s prophets. Those who do not believe that it really took place claim that al-Isra’ wal Mi’raj was a myth.

However, as Muslims we should have faith in it, contemplate the layers of meaning to the event and comprehend the commandments that were granted by Allah to the Prophet (PBUH) during the occurrence. I.e : the five times a day Solat, Hijrah, Sadaqah, Jihad, Amr ma’roof wa nahi munkar and others.

The event itself was a turning point to the Prophet’s role as a prophet whereas the commandments were the basic blueprint to the civilisation of the Muslims. Not long after the incident, few months later, hijrah or the migration of the Muslims from Mecca to Madinah commenced. It was at their new homes that the new Muslims were able to fulfill those commandments which catalyzed massive Islamic civilisation.

These commandments are actually the strongpoints of the Muslims especially solaah. I believe that solah exudes the well-being of the self internally and socially. It is the main key to happiness. The “alchemist of happiness” or Imaam al-Ghazali had illustrated 6 main guidance to the spiritual perfection of solah;

1) At-Tafahhum -One must basically understand the recitations in the solah then he is able to appreciate the line of communication that he is having with his Creator.
2) Al- Khusyu3 – When one comprehends what he is doing and uttering to Allah, he should also put his mind and heart into the performing of solah. Believe in His Omnipresence.
3) At-Ta’zeem – When one is communicating in his prayers, he should sense the Greatness of the Almighty, that there is no God but Him and that it is only He who Possesses the Ultimate power upon all beings.
4) Al-Heybah – To have fear of His Greatness and our minisculity
5) Ar-Rajaa’ – One should have hope and yearn for His Pleasure and Blessing. For example, hope that He shall Forgive our sins and accept our prayers.
6) Al-Hayaa’ – To be ashamed of ourselves on how much we have disobeyed Him and yet He has kept Blessing us with life.

If you are at lost on where to start to know Him by heart, try beginning with the “mother of all surahs” which is the al-Fatihah. Insya’allah the rest of the commandments shall head your way, if you will it. May Allah Guide us all.

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