Isra' mikraj - part 1
When I was a schoolgirl, I didn't bother to know what all these Muslim festivals are. I was just happy to know that I wouldn't have to go to school for a few days a year, hehehe. Bcoz im not come from sekolah menengah agama at the first, my background secondary school at first is sekolah mngh chong hwa which is chinese school but then my family send me to sekolah menegah agama 😂😊. Besides, how was I to know what they're actually for? Nobody bothered to explain to me, and I suppose even my Muslim friends weren't able to explain well.
However, as a Muslim now, I took time to really learn the significance and the history behind the festivals. If I were to ask a Muslim on the street what Israk and Mikraj means, would they be able to answer correctly?
Unlike Aidilfitri and Hajj, not many information is readily available about Israk Mikraj. The nonMuslims will tell you that Aidilfitri is celebrated after a month of fasting, and Hajj is performed by all Muslims who can afford. "They slaughter the cows as sacrifice," they might even add, as the media would show.
What about Israk & Mikraj? Ask a non-Muslim and they might tell you that they do not know. Isn't it sad, when this special event is so important for Muslims? Some of muslims doesnt reliable to answer it properly😢. Israk & Mikraj is not a tall story; Muslims believe it to be true.
Israk is when Prophet Muhammad [(pbuh) was first taken from Masjidil Haram to Masjid Aqsa. Mikraj was when he was taken up to heaven to meet the Creator, Allah swt. Revelations were given to him about the future, and he saw the conditions in hell. He met the other prophets. And he returned to Makkah. The event happened in one night.
And it's revealed in the al-Quran
"Glory to Allah Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque(Masjid al-Aqsa) whose precincts We did bless- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs; for He is the One Who hears and sees all things."
[surah al Isra' 17:1]
and surah an-Najm chapter 13:13-18
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