The Mercy Of Allah
Prophet SAW received three gifts which displayed the mercy of Allah during Isra and Miíraj.

  • Salah (prayer):
    Prior to Isra and Miíraj, salah was known in a different form than what Muslims observe. The form of salah as we know today was revealed to the Prophet during his meeting with Allah SWT beyond the seventh heaven. Originally it was prescribed to be observed fifty times a day for Muslims.

On his return from Sidrat ul Muntaha, Prophet (S) passed by Musa (AS) who persuaded him that his followers would not be capable of fulfilling this task and to ask Allah for reduction. Prophet SAW returned to Allah a few times and each time it was reduced by 10 in number until Allah ordained five prayers during the day and equaled them in reward to fifty. Thus, the second pillar of Islam was established in the heavens.

  • End of Surah Al-Baqarah

  • The final verses of Surah al-Baqarah illustrate the mercy of Allah and a gift to all believers, and were revealed during Isra and Miíraj:
    "To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether ye show what is in your minds or conceal it, Allah calls you to account for it. He forgives whom He pleases, and punishes whom He pleases, for Allah has power over all things.

The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believes in Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. ďWe make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His apostles."
And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the end of all journeys." On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray "Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which You did lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear.
Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith.Ě (2: 284‚ÄĒ286)

  • Forgiveness
    During Isra and Miíraj, Allah SWT promised that He will forgive the sins of true believers even if they are major sins.

As Long As A Believer Doesnít Associate
Anything With Allah,
He Is Promised Forgiveness
From His Lord SWT.
Lessons from Isra and Miíraj
Isra and Miíraj holds a lesson for every believer until the Day of Judgment. It is a milestone in the journey of Iman for every believer; to believe in the unseen and to have faith that Allah is sufficient for us.

Through Isra And Miíraj,
The Followers Of Prophet Muhammad SAW
Have Been Given A Glimpse
Of What Awaits Them In The Hereafter,
And What Exists In The Dimensions Beyond Our Own.
We should remember that this journey happened at a time of extreme adversity during the Prophetís life and despite all the hardships, he remained steadfast and patient. Although the circumstances around him were shaking, his faith was never shaken; hence he was rewarded with this wonderful journey. The lesson for us is that

Whenever We Are Facing Adversity
Feeling Weak, And Oppressed
And All Our Means Have Been Cut
We Should Go Back To Allah
Rely On Him Alone
Have Faith, And Be Patient.
The believer relies totally and utterly on Allah and no one else, and deals with his situation in the way that was taught to him by Prophet Muhammad SAW. We overcome our calamities and tribulations by going closer to Allah, by crying to Him SWT and surrendering ourselves totally to His will, while at the same time believing that whatever is happening is the best for us.

We Have To Remember At All Times That
We Are In This World Which Is A Testing Ground.
Allah Constantly Tests Us,
And Our Belief And Practice Is Reflected
By The Way We Deal With These
Tests And Tribulations.
In the face of oppression, the Prophet SAW dealt with his oppressors with kindness, mercy and forgiveness.

While It Is Easy To Be Generous To A Generous Person,
And Kind To Other Kind People;
The True Test Of Our Character And Faith
Is When We Are Able To Treat Our Oppressors
With Kindness And Generosity,
In The Manner Demonstrated By The Prophet SAW.
Thus, a true believer does not let oppression by others bother him; neither does he get angry with the situation or circumstances. He demonstrates absolute self-control to the point he does not even raise his voice in anger.

We Have Been Taught By The Prophet SAW
That When We Are Oppressed,
We Should Not Retaliate
But Instead Remain Silent
And Only Turn To Allah For Help.