שמע ישראל ה' אלהינו ה' אחד
فمن كان يرجوا لقاء ربه فليعمل عملا صالحا ولا يشرك بعبادة ربه أحدا


Jun 17, 2010

Isra II

Posted By Snow at 6/17/2010

From Mecca to Jerusalem | Journey of mankind

الحمد لله the month of Rejab is here...

It's the month of Isra Mi'raj. سبحان الذي أسرى بعبده ليلا من المسجد الحرام إلى المسجد الأقصى [Q17:1 | QA] Isra is Prophet Muhammad's miracle night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem. & Mi'raj is his accession from Jerusalem to the heavens. All in one night. It was during the Isra Mi'raj that Allah's SWT commanded the 5 daily prayers [QA]. And since then, muslims started praying daily, facing Jerusalem.

Yes, muslims started praying facing the Temple Mount.


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The Isra Mi'raj took place just before the muslims migrated to Yathrib. There were jewish tribes living in Yathrib at that time — Bani Qainuqa', Bani Qurayzhah & Bani Nadhir. They were waiting for the Promised Messiah, after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. [Q17:2-7] So, how did they regard the Isra Mi'raj and muslims praying facing the Temple Mount?
For muslims, Prophet Jacob , also known as Israel, [QA | Q19:58] is a muslim. Before he passed away, he reminded his children, the Israelite, to "not die except while you are muslims" (فلا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون). [Q2:131-132]

"Muslim" means surrendering in peace to the One Allah (שלם, سلم)
לבבכם שלם let your heart be completely devoted [1 Kings 8:57-61]

His children accepted his legacy whole heartedly — it is the Shema Yisrael passed down from parent to child (שמע ישראל ה' אלהינו ה' אחד). They also accepted the son of Prophet Abraham , Prophet Ishmael [Q2:133] who fathered the Ishmaelite in Mecca.
Still, Prophet Muhammad's own people, the Meccan disregarded Isra Mi'raj. But Abu Bakr (RA) stood believing him. Abu Bakr was Prophet Muhammad's dearest friend, who accompanied him during their migration to Yathrib. When they arrived in Yathrib, the people embraced the leadership of Prophet Muhammad & Yathrib became a new state — Medina (מדינה). It is from Medina, Islam started shining.

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Once, in Medina
The Prophet delivered a sermon and said, "Allah gave a choice to one of (His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter. He chose the latter." Abu Bakr wept.

I said to myself, "Why is this Sheikh weeping, if Allah gave choice to one (of His) slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Here after and he chose the latter?" And that slave was Allah's Messenger himself.

Abu Bakr knew more than us.

The Prophet said, "O Abu Bakr! Don't weep. The Prophet added: Abu Bakr has favored me much with his property and company. If I were to take a Khalil from mankind I would certainly have taken Abu Bakr; but the Islamic brotherhood and friendship is sufficient. Close all the gates in the mosque except that of Abu Bakr."


Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 8, Hadith 455
It was Abu Bakr who realized Prophet Muhammad's parting was near. Then after Abu Bakr himself passed away, he rests next to Prophet Muhammad. And after that, Umar al-Khattab rests next to them. Their tomb is in the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, near the Baqi graveyard where other companions rests as well. | map

Then for Uthman bin Affan, his resting place makes me wonder whether it is true — that the Jewish graveyard was united with the Muslim graveyard, at the Baqi. (T - T) والله أعلم


The Prophet's Mosque in Medina | The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
The burial place of the prophets as well as their beloved companions

Muslim wish peace for both prophets & their companions in our daily prayers

اللهم صل على محمد و على آل محمد
كما صليت على إبراهيم و على آل إبراهيم

O Allah, grant peace to Muhammad and his family
like You grant peace to Abraham and his family

إن الله خير عبدا بين الدنيا وبين ما عنده فاختار ما عند الله
Allah gave a choice to (His) slave - either this world or what is with Him, he chose what is with Allah

I seek refuge in Allah SWT from errors.
Only Allah Knows Best. والله أعلم
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