Rajab-The month in which Isra and Miraj happened.
Isra’ refers to a miraculous night-journey made by the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) from Makkah to Jerusalem, and Mi’raj refers to the ascension which took the Prophet (pbuh) from Jerusalem, up to and out of the universe, through the seven heavens by Allah’s will.
The lessons are many and deep and we cannot detach ourselves from these beautiful lessons, if we will do so, we will do it at the cost of our own disadvantage.
I am not jotting all lessons but few points.
Prophet Muhammed pbuh suffered a lot, his beloved uncle,yes the same uncle who was the shield of Prophet(pbuh) from the anger of enemies, died.
The grief was heavy, and it got worse when the Prophet’s wife hazrat Khadija r.a died after few days.
Khadija r.a-The woman who loved and believed our Prophet, who comforted him when he got stressed.
Honestly, Iam carried away, when I ponder over the beautiful bond our Prophet and his wife shared. There is so much to write upon their bond but I’m addressing the issue of Isra miraj, so I have to stick to it but let me share two things very near to my heart.
Imagine! when our Prophet got the first revelation, he was all drenched in sweat and the first one with whom he pbuh shared about what happened was the woman- his wife, Khadija r.a.
I believe there is nothing beautiful than the words of our Prophet about Khadija r.a
“She believed in me when people rejected me”
SubhanAllah, yet many of us degrade women but little do they understand and reflect upon the love, bond our Prophet had for his wives and daughters.
Hazrat Khadija r.a died and it was really very heavy on our Prophet, as the shield, the love, the comfort was all gone.
In addition to this, Our Prophet went to Taif, for seeking nasr to establish deen but we all know what happened with him in Ta’if, he was beaten, mocked and stoned.
SubhanAllah, can we just close our eyes and in solitude imagine all this?
The loved ones gone, the message was supposed to deliver, and to deliver it, establish it, he-the Prophet, the one whose name come after the name of Allah swt in kalima, was beaten, stoned and mocked upon!
And the glimpse of the pain can be understood from the dua, the Prophet pbuh made after the oppression in Taif.
“To You, my Lord,
I complain of my weakness,
lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive.
Most Compassionate and Merciful!
You are the Lord of the weak,
and you are my Lord.
To whom do You leave me?
To a distant person who receives me with hostility?
Or to an enemy You have given power over me?
As long as you are not displeased with me,
I do not care what I face.
I would, however,
be much happier with Your mercy.
I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which
all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come
are put in their right course against incurring your wrath
or being the subject of your anger.
To You I submit,
until I earn Your pleasure.
Everything is powerless without Your support.”
Just Imagine how much he the Prophet suffered,
back to back but Allah swt is Ar Rehman-The Most Merciful.
He swt raised our Prophet to the journey of seven heavens and strengthened him for the great tasks ahead.
As He Himself says-
“With hardship comes ease”
So, no matter how much we are ridiculed, mocked upon or tortured, let’s not forget the best man suffered more than us, let’s not forget the beautiful dua he made, let’s not forget people’s humiliation is something we should expect in carrying forward the message.
Let’s not forget this dunya is temporary and He bestows upon us the blessings which comfort us and becomes our shield in thick and thorns but they are only tools, means send by Him and He can take them anytime as it belongs to Him and we belong to Him as well.
But He never abandons or forsake us in the middle of storm, He is there to elevate us and He has actually elevated us in many forms, only if we understand.
SubhanAllah! How beautiful it is that our Prophet returned from Isra miraj with a gift called salah.
Isn’t it beautiful that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The Salah (namaz) is the mi’raj of the believer?”
Isn’t it beautiful that we can directly pour all our sorrows to Him, in our sujood, yes to Him, to Whom belongs everything?
Isn’t it beautiful that He Himself has given us the gift of salah, where we praise Him, beseech Him and accept our weakness and ask Him for sirat al mustaqeem?
The Salah is a time when we are in direct communication with Allah swt and we are in front of Allah (swt) asking Him what we really need to sail across.
Isn’t beautiful that we are taught what sabr really means?
Isn’t it beautiful that He inspire us through lessons of the past so that we can again stand and face the extreme?
(Sallallahu alaihi wassalam)