MUHAMMAD’S NIGHT JOURNEY TO THE SEVEN HEAVENS

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 Here’s a tale of the Prophet Muhammad many non-Muslims have never heard:

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.

During this journey, Allah enabled Muhammad to see many wondrous sites:

·  He saw the world itself in the form of an old woman. The woman was wearing a great deal of jewelry.
·  He saw people who were planting and reaping in just two days. Gabriel said, “These are people who struggle for the sake of Allah.”
· He saw people, nearly naked, grazing like animals. Gabriel said, “These are people who refused to pay the obligatory tithe for the poor that leads to justice and prosperity.”
· He saw people whose heads were being smashed by angels: the shape of their heads would return, only to be smashed again. Gabriel said, “These are people whose heads felt too heavy to pray, and they would only sleep.”

When they arrived in Jerusalem, Muhammad tethered the buraq to the ring used by the Prophets. Then he entered the area of the Mosque and prayed two rak’at the Muslim prayer which consists of one standing, one bowing, and two prostrations. 

He then entered the Mosque, where Allah had assembled all the Prophets, from Adam to Jesus. Muhammad led them in a prayer.

When he came out, Muhammad and Gabriel ascended to the heavens on invisible stairs of gold and silver. When they reached the first heaven, 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, 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.
Adam stood amidst the many bodies of his descendants. The bodies to his right would die as believers, and when Adam looked at them he would laugh. The bodies to his left would die as non-believers, and when Adam looked at them he would cry.

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.

In the fifth heaven they found Aaron. They greeted him, and Aaron said, “Welcome pious brother and pious Prophet.” And he prayed for his well-being.
In the sixth heaven they found Moses. They greeted him, and Moses 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.

Father Abraham was resting his back upon Al-Bait-ul-Ma’mur, the Sacred House of Allah. Gabriel told Muhammad that every day 70,000 angels came there to pray. They only came once. Each day, a new group of 70,000 angels would appear. There are far more angels than humans.

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.”

Then Allah inspired Muhammad, and he was given the Muslim obligation of fifty prayers every day. 

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.”

Muhammad went back and asked, “Allah, please lighten the burden on my community.” Allah reduced it by ten prayers. But when Muhammad returned to Moses, he said, “Your community is still not capable of doing that. Go back to the Lord and ask Him to lighten the burden further.”

Muhammad went back and forth between Allah and Moses, until the burden was reduced to five prayers a day. Still Moses said it was too much. But Muhammad replied, “I have requested so much of my Lord that I feel ashamed, but now I am satisfied and surrender to Allah’s Order.” 

Then a voice said, “I have decreed My obligation and have reduced the burden, and I shall reward a single good deed as if it were ten good deeds.”
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Anonymous says:

Bro Andrew, I salute the diversity of your exploration on the spiritual plains.
Only s/he who has no self-limitations may see the clear, cosmic path.
TheWriter