Shab-e-Mi­raj & its im­por­tance

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - NAIMA SADAQAT

Shab-e-Mi­raj was ob­served across the coun­try on Wed­nes­day night with tra­di­tional fer­vour, great re­spect and de­vo­tion. The Mus­lims ev­ery year on night of 26th of Ra­jab (Is­lamic cal­en­dar) ob­serve Shab-e-Mi­raj in which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) went on a spe­cial jour­ney to meet Al­lah Almighty, cross­ing seven skies on the heav­enly an­i­mal named ‘al-Bu­raq.’ Shab-e-Mi­raj means the night of As­cent. It is the blessed night when the Holy Prophet of Is­lam was trans­ported to heaven and he reached a high stage of near­ness to God Almighty which is be­yond or­di­nary hu­man com­pre­hen­sion.

The As­cent took place on 27th day or Ra­jab, 2 years be­fore Hi­jra. On his way to the Heav­ens, the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, met Hazrat Adam, Abra­ham, Moses, Je­sus (May Al­lah be pleased with them all) and some other Prophets. The pur­pose of the As­cent was to con­firm the high sta­tus of the Prophet of Is­lam, a po­si­tion which all Mus­lims be­lieve, is im­pos­si­ble to at­tain by any other hu­man be­ing. It is re­lated that even Jib­riel(A.S), the Ar­changel who was ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Holy Prophet re­marked at one stage, ‘I am forced to stop here. I can­not go any fur­ther, but you O Mes­sen­ger of peace and friend of the Mas­ter of the worlds, con­tinue your glo­ri­ous as­cent.’

It is also re­lated that the Holy Prophet con­tin­ued his jour­ney un­til he reached very close to the Throne of Al­lah Almighty and at­tained the ut­most near­ness to Him. Af­ter hav- ing drunk fully at the Di­vine foun­tain of spiritual knowl­edge he came down to im­part the knowl­edge to mankind. It was on this jour­ney, that five daily prayers were made oblig­a­tory upon Mus­lims.

The women devo­tees of­fered prayers in spe­cial gath­er­ings in­side their homes dur­ing all the night, whereas males of­fered prayers in spe­cially dec­o­rated mosques for seek­ing the bless­ings of Al­lah and pray for wel­fare of the en­tire na­tion and the Ummah. Dur­ing the gath­er­ings, var­i­ous Is­lamic schol­ars high­lighted the im­por­tance of the day and its bless­ings. Dif­fer­ent Is­lamic and so­cio-cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions had also ar­ranged spe­cial prayers and Ma­hafil in mosques and at other places to seek bless­ings of the Almighty.

As it is a night of for­give­ness, a glo­ri­ous night. May Al­lah Almighty with ref­er­ence to this blessed night for­give us and give us ha­dayat. Our beloved coun­try progress by leaps and bounds, clean our coun­try from cor­rupt dis­hon­est lead­ers and save our coun­try and masses from dis­hon­est and evil anti-Pak­istan forces. Ameen — Rawalpindi

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