Buraq is a swift creature. It moved so quickly that its hooves would brush up against its eyelids.
In the Qur'an, Allah says: "Exalted is He who guided His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose environs We have sanctified, to show him Our signs. He is, after all, the one who hears and sees."
When questioned about it afterwards, the Prophet was able to accurately relate the details of the journey, including the locations, structures, and even the caravan that was traveling from Jerusalem. This not only backed up his assertions, but it also invalidated the Quraysh mockery.
Buraq carried the Prophet on its back and transported him in a second to the Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, a voyage that would have taken weeks overland at the time. The Prophet led all the Prophets in prayer at Quds.
The Israa and Miraj allude to two parts of Prophet Muhammad's miraculous travel from Makka to Jerusalem in one night, followed by an ascent to the skies.
The Prophet had recently experienced the Year of Sorrow, during which he had lost both his beloved wife Khadijah R.A and his defender and ally, Abu Talib.
Prophet Muhammad was given a wonderfully beautiful and soothing gift after going through so much anguish and suffering.
When the Prophet Muhammad arrived at al-Masjid al-Aqsa, all 124,000 Prophets A.S. were waiting inside.
Jibra'eel A.S. escorted the Prophet Muhammad to the front, where he led them all in prayer in this sacred space.
Allah then ascended the Prophet from al-Aqsa to the heavens, where he observed many amazing sights and innumerable angels. He also met a number of previous prophets. ‘O pious Prophet and pious brother!' They all greeted him.
It was here that Allah bestowed the gift of obligatory Salah upon this ummah.
Finally, the Prophet was returned to Makkah after being carried back to Al-Aqsa.
It had taken less than a night to complete the voyage. Abu Bakr R.A was the first to believe in the Prophet's travels.
The Prophet's voyage took place amid a period of extreme misfortune in his life, and despite the difficulties, he remained firm and patient.
The circumstances were horrible, yet his faith in Allah remained unshaken, and he was blessed with a great journey.
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Isra and Mi'raj tell us that rather than whining about our circumstances, we should ask ourselves what Allah expects of us when He places us in a difficult situation.
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