One evening, as the Prophet lay in bed, in that intuitive state midway between wakefulness and sleep, the angel Gabriel came to him. Gabriel opened Muhammad’s chest, cleansed his heart with sacred water, and filled it with Wisdom and Faith that he had brought on a golden tray.
He then gave Muhammad a white buraq, a great winged animal larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule. The animal is very fast, and with each stride it leaps as far as its eyes can see. Muhammad mounted the buraq, and the two set off on a journey to Jerusalem.
He then entered the Mosque, where Allah had assembled all the Prophets, from Adam to Jesus. Muhammad led them in a prayer.
There, Muhammad saw Adam. Gabriel said, “This is your father, Adam. Pay him your greetings.” So Muhammad greeted him, and Adam said, “Welcome pious son and pious Prophet.” Then Adam prayed for Muhammad’s well-being.
Then they ascended to the second heaven, and Gabriel asked that the gate be opened. The angel assigned to the gate asked him, “Who is with you?” Gabriel answered, “It is Muhammad.” The angel asked, “Was he called?” Gabriel said, “Yes.” The gate was then opened, and Muhammad entered. There, they found Jesus and his cousin John. They welcomed Muhammad, saying, “Welcome pious brother and pious Prophet.” Muhammad greeted them in return and they prayed for his well-being.
Then they ascended to the third heaven, and found Jacob’s son, Joseph, whose face had the beautiful radiance of the Moon at its full. They greeted him, and Joseph said, “Welcome pious brother and pious Prophet.” And he prayed for his well-being.
Then they ascended to the fourth heaven, and found Enoch, whom Allah himself had initiated. They greeted him, and Enoch said, “Welcome pious brother and pious Prophet.” And he prayed for his well-being.
Then they ascended to the seventh heaven, and Gabriel asked that the gate be opened. There they found father Abraham. They greeted him, and Abraham said, “Welcome pious son and pious Prophet.” And he prayed for his well-being.
Then Muhammad ascended to Sidrat-ul-Muntaha, the Lote Tree of the utmost boundary, the Tree that carries the knowledge of all God’s creation from the beginning of time, beyond which human consciousness cannot go, the station of Gabriel. From beneath its trunk four rivers flowed, two hidden and two visible. Muhammad asked about them, and Gabriel said, “The two hidden rivers are the two rivers of Paradise, and the two visible rivers are the Euphrates and the Nile.”
He began his descent, but when he reached the sixth heaven Moses asked him, “What obligation did Allah place on your community?” Muhammad said, “I have been ordered to offer fifty prayers a day.” Moses said, “Your followers cannot bear fifty prayers a day. By Allah, I have tested people before you, and I have tried my best with Israel. Go back to the Lord and ask for a reduction to lighten your followers’ burden.”
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