In the month of Rajab, Muslims celebrate Isra Miraj. Usually, Muslims go to the mosque. They pray and listen to Dakwah from Ustads. They also usually fast and pray late into the night. What about you? What do you do?
The Story of Isra Miraj
Isra Miraj was an important night, where Muhammad had two special journeys. According to the Quran, first he was transported from Al-Haram mosque to Jerusalem (Isra). There, he visited Al-Aqsa mosque. On the second journey, he ascended to heaven (Miraj), and spoke with some of the prophets.
“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing” (Qs 17:1).
After returning from the journeys, Muhammad brought a new requirement for Muslims. They must now pray five times a day.
No Witnesses of Muhammad’s Journeys!
Have you ever wondered whether Muhammad really took these journeys? Were there witnesses? We (the Isa and Islam staff) have searched the Quran, Hadith, and other Islamic texts. We can’t find any witnesses. If there are no witnesses, how can we prove their authenticity? It’s like an old woman accusing a young man of stealing her money from her bag. Yet there is no proof. How can this young man’s crime be proven?
Some Muslims claim Muhammad traveled literally. Others claim it was spiritually. But where is the proof? According to Muhammad’s wife, Aisha, Muhammad’s body remained where it was and his journey was only spiritual (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulullah, 183). Yet, she didn’t actually witness Muhammad’s journey spiritually. So, her testimony can’t be accepted as a witness of his journeys.
Isa Al-Masih’s Literal Ascension
Long before Muhammad claimed to have this vision, Isa Al-Masih ascended literally to heaven. This event is true and testable. Isa’s disciples and followers witnessed this event. “He [Isa] was taken up before their [disciples] very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 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’” (Injil, Acts 1:9-11).
When Will Isa Come a Second Time?
No one knows when Isa will return (Injil, Matthew 24:44). When Isa comes, He will take His people to the place he has prepared for them in paradise (Injil, Apostle John 14:2-3). To those who reject Him, Isa will judge them (Injil, Apostle John 12:48).
Have you believed in Isa Al-Masih? Being faithful in ritual prayer or other obligations won’t get you into Paradise. Without believing in Isa Al-Masih, that He died to pay for your sin, those won’t help you. Believing in Isa means to turn from your sin and follow Him. Do you want to believe in Him?
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SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW
We encourage our readers to comment on the article above. Comments that don’t directly relate to the topic will be removed. Please start a dialogue with us by focusing on one of the following questions:
1. Do you believe Muhammad’s journey was literal or spiritual? Why or Why not?
2. Do you know of any witnesses to Muhammad’s journey? Who are they?
3. When you compare Muhammad’s ascension and Isa Al-Masih’s ascension, which one do you think is more likely?