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Makkah to Madinah-The real Ascension
By:abdalaziz ariff / indiana
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 6:05 pm

Makkah to Madinah-The real Ascension
[No spiritual or any other kind of fairly tale narrations]

God is the most Virtuous of planners.

One example of His planning, few more to follow
3:54 They (the opponents) made some plans, but so did God. God is the most Virtuous of planners. [They schemed to arrest and crucify Jesus but God assured him]
8:30 Recall (O Messenger), when the rejecters were making schemes to restrain you (from conveying the Message), slay you, or expel you. That was their plan, but God’s Law of Requital is designed to work in a way unfailing. God is the Best of planners.
17:1 Glorious is He Who initiated the migration of His servant by night, from the Sacred
Masjid to the Remote Masjid whose environment We did bless that We may
show him some of Our signs. He is the Hearer, the Seer. [20:23. Signs that
the Divine System will begin to prevail from there]

Al-Asra - The Night Journey

This is the 17th Surah of the Qur'an. Some exponents refer to it as Surah Bani Israel. It has 111 verses. Isra (Night Journey) is often confused with Me'raaj (Ascension). Since God is Omnipresent, the notion of anyone going to meet with Him at a place over the skies does not stand up to reason (57:4). Isra signifies night journey and it refers to the beginning of the exalted Messenger's emigration from Makkah to Madinah by night. Verses 20:77 and 26:52 use the same term for migration of Prophet Moses along with his followers across the sea. Also consider 17:2. Masjid Al- Aqsa means the Remote Mosque and refers to the 'Remote Mosque' in Madinah, the place where Muslims used to congregate before the Prophet's arrival to the city. Masjid here points to Masjid al-Qabaa in Madinah where it had been established by Muslims of the town. The famous Masjid Al-Aqsa, the so-called 'Qiblah Awwal', the supposed First Holy Sanctuary, is widely known as Haram ash-Shareef in Jerusalem. But in fact, it was built in 72 AH (691 CE) by the Umayyad Ruler, Abdul
Malik bin Marwan, about 60 years after the exalted Messenger passed on. The First Sanctuary was nothing but Ka'bah in Makkah. (See 3:96). Jerusalem, until the Muslim conquest under the second Caliph of Islam in 637 CE, had been under the control of a few Byzantine Christians for centuries, and there was no person worshiping in a Masjid anywhere in the world but Madinah. So, the question of the presence of a Masjid in Jerusalem during the lifetime of the exalted Prophet should not arise. Solomon's Temple had been ravaged and completely destroyed by the Romans (General Titus) in 70 CE. Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 637 CE during the Rule of the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Umar Farooq. When he visited the place, he, along with his companions,
continued to hold congregations in open grounds although Pope Severinus had given him the key to the City and invited him hold congregations in the Church of Holy Sepulture. Hazrat Umar feared that Muslims might start converting Churches into Masjids, so he politely declined. If a Masjid were present, he would have held congregations there. The word Me'raaj (physical Ascension) nowhere occurs in the Qur'an. Yet, under erroneous history, it is a popular, though non-Qur'anic, belief among many Muslims that the exalted Messenger was taken up physically to the Skies to meet with God! The Qur'an sets the records straight by asserting that the First ever blessed Sanctuary on earth, the unifying point for all humanity, was the Ka'bah built by Prophets Abraham and Ishmael in
Makkah about 2,500 years before Muhammad (S). And since Divine Laws remain unchanged under all circumstances, no human would physically ascend to the heavens. Bodily Ascension is a Biblical and not a Qur'anic theme at all. Qubbah-tas-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock) in Jerusalem, near Al- Aqsa, was also constructed in 72 AH/691 CE by the same Abdul Malik bin Marwan. Jews wrongly contend that the Dome of the Rock was constructed over the site of the Second Jewish Temple.
As mentioned above, it had been ravaged and completely destroyed by the Roman General Titus n 70 CE. The exalted Messenger never ascended to the heavens. God is everywhere (57:4). The 'brilliant' Muslim Muhaddithin and historians produce a lot of irrational and contradictory material on this subject: 1. Me'raaj happened in Madinah. 2. No sorry! It happened in Makkah. 3. It happened just before Hijrah. 4. Sorry! It happened 9 years before Hijrah. 5. The Prophet was sleeping at Umm Hani's house - what? 6. Oh' No! (That would be a big slander). He was sleeping in the Ka'bah. Gabriel held his hand and took him to Allah up there in the heavens. 7. Gabriel opened his chest and poured faith and wisdom from a platter of gold before taking him up there. (So, the Prophet had no faith and wisdom until then.) 8. Sorry! That surgery was performed in the desert when he was 3 years old with Haleema, the foster mother. 9. Gabriel took him straight to the heavens. Sorry again! The angel first took him to Jerusalem where he led 124,000 prophets in prayers. 10. No, it was not Gabriel. Burraaq (The Centaur with the head and face of a beautiful woman and the body of a horse) carried him to the heavens at lightning speed. These are only a few of the numerous insults. The real ascension of the exalted Messenger was his character, and not some kind of Greek mythology. The Prophet (S) riding a winged creature (Burraq) with the body of a horse and the face of a most beautiful woman, guided by Gabriel, meeting with God, receiving the 'gift' of 50 prayers (Namaz) a day, Prophet Moses intervening to reduce the number to 5 (from50), Muhammad a.s. leading 124,000 prophets in prayers in the Temple, is another funny but long story. Moses knew better than God and Prophet Muhammad. Let us leave it for another time. [ref:QXP VI]

Time for one fairy tale narration.-:)

“At the time of Hijra (migration) when the infidels of Mecca had conspired to kill Prophet (peace be upon him), Ali (may Allah
be pleased with him) slept on the bed of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who along with Abu Bakr (may Allah be
pleased with him) had flown from Mecca and rested in a cave. Allah called Gabriel and Mikhail and said to them that He had established brotherhood amongst them and had made longer one’s life than other. Now tell Me who amongst you gives his
life to his brother and get ready to meet death before him. Both of them desired for life. Allah said:“Have you noticed the state of Ali that how much superiority he has over you? I established brotherhood between him and My Prophet. Ali accepted killing and death and slept on his bed and sacrificed his life on Muhammad. Now you go on earth and
protect him from the enemies.” Both the angels came and one sat on the head part whereas
second occupied the seat near Ali’s feet. Gabriel said: “O Ali, who can match you because today Allah has given you
superiority over angels and you are enjoying your sleep.” And Allah revealed the following verse in honor of Ali (may
Allah be pleased with him):

“And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah; And Allah is full of kindness to (His)
devotees. (Q 2:207).”
(Kashf Al-Mahjub) page 223 Translated By
Lieutenant Colonel (R) Muhammad Ashraf Javed

The very same narration in Kitab-e-Shahadat by Mirza Hairat Dehalvi page 203 vol 1. Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani-

This will be in God is the most Virtuous of planners. Part 2 [Deals with Isa [as]

“ These verses which relate to the fate of Jesus at the hands of his people will invariably yield this meaning to their reader provided he knows the practice of Allah to which He resorts for the protection of His prophets at the time of the aggression of enemies and provided his mind is free from all those fictitious reports that can in no case be placed as an authority over the Holy Qur'an. Now, I cannot understand how the snatching of Jesus from the hands of his enemies and lifting him up to the heavens can be called a subtle plan and a better one when neither it was in their power nor in the power of anybody else to counter it. In fact, there can be one "plan" (makr) as against another plan when it is contrived in a parallel manner not deviating from the natural course of Allah in such matters. We have a parallel instance in what is said by the Qur'an with respect of the Holy Prophet: "And when those who disbelieved and devised plans against you that they might confine you or slay you or drive you away: and they devised plans and Allah too had arranged a plan: and Allah is the best of planners." (8:30).”
Ref: Exaltation of Jesus by Prof. Mahmud Shaltut

Sorry for the long post.