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Let us do the good deeds taught in Isra’ and Mi‘raj

We have to do the good deeds that we learn from the Isra’ and Mi‘raj.

The first thing we learn is that we have to maintain our Iman (faith). It is instructive to note that in Sahih Muslim, Imam Muslim has kept the Hadith about Isra’ and Mi‘raj in Kitab al-Iman (the Book of Faith). We have to maintain our faith in the Arkan al-Iman (Pillars of Muslim Faith). These are:

1. Belief in Allah, The Glorified and The Exalted. 
Allah Himself invited Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) for Mi‘raj. We Muslims believe in Mi‘raj because we know that Allah is Able to do all things. Muslims are those who love Allah and His Beloved Prophet more than anyone or anything else.

2. Belief in the angels.
Prophet Muhammad was taken on Isra’ and Mi‘raj by Archangel Jibril (‘Alayhissalam), and he met many angels in the heavens.

3. Belief in the Heavenly Books revealed by Allah.
Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) received the Qur’an as the Final Holy Book revealed by Allah. He met Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) who received the Tawrat, Prophet ‘Isa (peace be upon him) who received the Injil, and Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) who received the Suhuf.

4. Belief in the Prophetic Messengers sent by Allah.
He met many Prophets (peace be upon them) at Masjid al-Aqsa as well as in the heavens..

5. Belief in the Last Day of Judgement, and in the Pre-Ordainment, that the good in it and the bad in it is from Allah.

Allah will establish the Day of Judgement to reward the good out of His Mercy and to punish the sinners to establish His Justice.

6. Belief in the Resurrection after death.
Everyone will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement. This will happen with the Power of Allah.

Secondly, we have to act on the five Arkan al-Islam (Pillars of Islam).

1. We have to take the Kalima Shahada (the Declaration of Muslim Faith) to heart by reciting it at least a hundred times a day.

The Kalima is:

Laa ilaaha Illallah
Muhammad ur Rasulullah

None is to be worshipped but Allah
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

Allah is the One and Only God whom all worship, and the heavens and the earth and all that is in them hymn His Praise. When Prophet Muhammad was called to the heavens by Allah, he saw Bayt al-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels worship Allah.

2. We have to establish the five times daily Salah (Prayer).
The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) received this as a gift from Allah on Mi’raj.

We should make the niyya (intention) of praying in Masjid al-Haram in Makka, Masjid an-Nabawi in Madina, and Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

Al- Fatiha!

3. We have to give zakah (poor-due) as it is a Command given to us by Allah, our Creator and Sustainer. We should also give sadaqa (charity) on a continuous basis. We should feed and clothe the poor. We should remember that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) was the most charitable person.

4. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. We should fast in the month of Ramadan, as well as on 27th Rajab, the day following the night of Mi‘raj. We should also remember that our Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) kept optional fasts for many days in the months of Rajab and Sha‘ban.

5. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. The Night Journey began from Masjid al-Haram in Makka. We should go to Makka to perform Hajj if we have the means. If we do not have the means, we should make the intention of going for Hajj, and Allah will open the doors for us, and fulfil our good intention, Amin.

On completing our Hajj, we should visit Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) at his Rawda (Garden of Paradise) in Masjid an-Nabawi in Madina.

There are many other good deeds that we learn from the Isra’ and Mi‘raj.

Our Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) was shown heaven and hell on his Night Journey. May Allah guide us to do good deeds and admit us to heaven by His Grace. May Allah keep us away from sins and save us from hell-fire through His Mercy. Amin.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam saw many salihin (pious people) in heaven, especially the dhakirin (those who remember Allah), and the mujahidin (those who fight in the cause of Allah). May Allah make us among the salihin, the dhakirin, and the mujahidin. Amin. May He fill our hearts with nur (spiritual light) so that we may also experience the true joy of worshipping Him as He deserves to be worshipped. Amin.

He saw sinners being punished in hell for various sins such as instigating sedition, consuming alcohol, backbiting, adultery and fornication. He also saw the punishment meted out to those who preached but did not practice. May Allah keep us far away from all sin, Amin.

We learn from the following Hadith that on his Night Journey, the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) chose milk rather than wine.

Hadrat Abu Hurayra (Rady Allahu ‘Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) was presented two cups at Bayt al-Maqdis on the night of the Heavenly Journey, one containing wine and the other containing milk. He looked at both of them and he took the one containing milk, whereupon Sayyidina Jibril (‘Alayhissalam) said: Praise is due to Allah Who guided you to the true nature. Had you taken the one containing wine, your Ummah (Community) would have gone astray. (Muslim)

We should also take to milk and avoid wine and all alcoholic drinks.

Verses of the Qur’an have been revealed in connection with Isra’ and Mi‘raj. We should recite the Qur’an on a continuous basis as it is the abiding miracle of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam). We should recite at least one juz (part) of the Qur’an everyday. We should memorize as much of the Qur’an as we can. We should act on its teachings.

We have Hadith on Isra’ and Mi‘raj. We should take all the Hadith to heart. We should act on their teachings.

Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Rady Allahu ‘Anhu) earned the title of as-Siddiq (the Truthful) when he proclaimed his belief in the truthfulness of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam). We should be truthful at all times.

Finally, we should celebrate Mi‘raj an-Nabi every year on the night of the 27th Rajab by reciting salawaat (blessings) on the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) in great abundance.

Allāhumma salli ‘alā Sayyidinā Muhammad-in
wa ‘alā ālihi wa sahbihi wa sallim

O Allāh!  Shower blessings and bestow peace on our master Sayyidinā Muhammad
and on his Family and Companions.