Muhammad in the Presence of Allah and their Conversation
The Islamic Dome of the Rock on the Jewish Temple Mount in
Jerusalem is built on the spot where Muhammad said he
landed on Al-Borak during his Night Journey, then from there
ascended to heaven and talked to God.
“The angel Gabriel having brought Muhammad thus far (through the seventh heaven) told him it was not permitted for him (Gabriel) to go any farther. Therefore he directed Muhammad to ascend the rest of the way up to the throne of God (Allah) by himself. Muhammad said he ascended with great difficulty, slogging through waters and snow and many other difficult passages until he came to a place where he heard a voice saying to him, “Oh Muhammad, salute thy creator”.
“Ascending a bit higher he came to a place where he saw a vast extension of light of such exceeding brightness that his eyes could not bear it. This was the habitation of the Almighty where his throne was placed, and on the right side of the throne Muhammad says God’s name and his own were written in Arabic words – There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet. This is the Creed of Islam, which Muhammad also says he found written upon all the gates of the seven heavens through which he passed.
“Being in the presence of God as near as within two bow-shots, Muhammad tells us he saw God (Allah) sitting on his throne with a covering of seventy thousand veils before his face and that on his drawing near, in sign of his favor, God put forth his hand and laid it upon Muhammad. God’s hand was of exceeding coldness, so much so that it pierced to the very marrow of Muhammad’s back and he could not bear it.
“After this God entered into a very familiar conversation with Muhammad revealing to him many hidden mysteries, made him understand the whole of his divine law, and gave him charge concerning instructing men in the knowledge of it. In conclusion, God bestowed upon Muhammad several privileges above the rest of mankind, told Muhammad that he was the most perfect of all creatures, that at the day of judgement he should be honored and advanced above all the rest of mankind, that he should be the redeemer of all that believe in him, that he should have the knowledge of all languages, and lastly, that the spoils of all whom he should conquer in war should belong to Muhammad alone.
Muhammad’s Return Flight from Jerusalem back to Mecca
The ring at the Al-Borak Mosque on the
Temple Mount to which Muhammad
tied Al-Borak. - "There is a difference
of opinion whether this is the actual ring
or not. Allah knows best."
“Returning from the presence of God after slogging back through snow and water, Muhammad found the angel Gabriel waiting for him where he had left him. Gabriel conducted Muhammad back through all the seven heavens the same way that he had brought him, set him again upon Al Borak which they had previously left tied to a rock on the Temple Mount, and then taking the bridle in his hand, conducted Muhammad back to Mecca in the same manner as he had brought him there [flying through the sky]. Amazingly, the Night Journey happened within the space of one tenth of a night.
“Whoever becomes a Moslem must have the same faith and this story must be firmly believed by all of that religion. However there has been the question among them whether Muhammad’s Night Journey was only a vision of the night, or a real journey. Those that would solve the absurdity of it, would have it only be a vision, and that most of the essentials of it are to be resolved by figure and allegory, but the majority of Moslems believe it for a real journey, and if pinned down, there is none among them that dares in the least to doubt it.
“From that time, that is, after Muhammad’s description of his Night Journey, all his sayings became looked on as sacred truths brought down from heaven, and every word which at any time was spoken by so enlightened a person, as well as every action he did, any way relating to his religion, were all carefully observed by all Moslems.” .......
Thankfully this ends the description of Muhammad's Night Journey. The next post will include observations and comments on questionable points in Muhammad's story.