According to Muslims, Isra Mi’raj was a very important night for Muhammad. On this night, Muhammad’s life was changed. He was taken on not one, but two journeys. One of the most important aspects of being a Muslim, daily prayer, is a result of this event.
Muhammad’s Ascension (from a Muslim’s Perspective)
According to Muslims, two important events happened on Muhammad’s night journey. First, Muhammad went to Jerusalem and met with many prophets, including Adam, Musa, and Isa Al-Masih. They asked Muhammad to lead them in prayer, and he did.
Muhammad then passed through all seven heavenly realms. In each realm, he saw a specific vision. Through these visions, God told Muhammad about the importance of daily prayers. This is when Allah revealed that Muslims must pray five times a day.
Isa Al-Masih’s Literal Ascension
Hundreds of years before Muhammad claimed to have ascended into heaven, Isa Al-Masih literally (not in a night vision) ascended into heaven. The Injil records this historical event. It says, “He (Isa) was taken up before their (disciples) very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). According to the Gospel, not only was Isa taken into heaven, but his followers (eye witnesses!) watched it happen!
Acts 1:10-11 says, “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”
Both Muslims and Christians believe that Isa Al-Masih is presently in heaven. In other words, this was not a vision, he did not return to earth.
Isa Al-Masih Will Return!
But Isa will return to earth at the end of time! Both Muslims and Christians believe this. One hadith states, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (Mariam, i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3:43:656).
Isa will come to judge the world. He will divide the people into two groups: those who believe in Him and those who do not. All who have trusted in Isa as the sacrifice for their sins will live with Allah for all eternity. Those who have not will be separated from Allah forever.
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Questions to Comment On:
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1. What proof is there that Muhammad ever went to heaven via Jerusalem in a night vision?
2. Why did Isa Al-Masih make sure He ascended to heaven in front of His followers?
3. What is the significance that, unlike Muhammad, Isa Al-Masih is in heaven at this time and that He will return as a just ruler?
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