The Prophet’s Night Journey & Heavenly Ascent


Book Title: The Prophet’s Night Journey & Heavenly Ascent.
Author: Sayyid Muhammad Ibn 'Alawi Al-Makki.
Translation & Notes: Gibril Fouad Haddad.
Publisher: AQSA Publications, Imam Ghazali Institute.

It was a very hectic week at work. I planned to finish as much as I could so that I could do less work during the Chinese New Year long weekend. 

I didn’t realize it was also the Isra’ Mi’raj on Thursday night. Not wanting to miss the significance and the blessings of Isra’ Mi’raj, I took this book out from my bookshelf and surprisingly managed to read it in one night. I bought the book some time ago but only now then I got the time to read it.

These two passages from the book left an impact on me, and made me contemplate them since then;

1. “…Lo and behold! It contains what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human mind ever imagined. On its gate…” - page 31

The second sentence reminds me of the same sentence I read in the book "Keajaiban 40 Selawat Pilihan" by Ustaz Iqbal Zain Al-Jauhari. One of the benefits of reading one of the selawat - I'm not gonna tell you which one, I'll leave it to you to read that book and find out 😉 - where you will be given "what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human mind ever imagined." Could it be referring to the same thing? I wonder.

2. "When the Prophet ﷺ reached the nearest heaven he looked below and he saw a dense cloud of smoke filled with clamor. He asked: "What is this, O Gibril?" He replied: "These are the devils that swarm over the eyes of human beings so that they will not think about the dominions of the heavens and the earth, or else they would have seen wonders."  - page 38

I've always wondered how I can see the dominions of the heavens and earth. One day I will, Insha Allah.

Sayyid Muhammad Ibn 'Alawi Al-Makki
February 09, 2024