|Picture of Muhammad's Night Journey
I don't believe anything Muhammad said, especially his silly Night Journey (Isra) and his Seven Heavens (Mi'raj). I'm merely demonstrating that a person who believes such nonsense needs to ask themselves if they truly accept as a foundational belief of their religion that a "heavenly rooster with rubies and pearls on its wings" crows in one of the Seven Heavens to wake up God every morning or that "certain men and faeries" can't hear the rooster crow so when he stops crowing they won't be upset because they couldn't hear him anyway. That story is in one of the Seven Heavens (which I will eventually tell you) but Muhammad's Night Journey is equally filled with such foolish nonsense.
In addition, it was explained to me by a devout Muslim man that the Qur'an must be true because Muhammad couldn't read or write. I stood there speechless running endless possible comments through my mind of what I might counter that with. Another Muslim said that Muhammad explained his Night Journey as the theory of relativity and that Einstein's discovery of e=mc² was scientific "folklore" because the Qur'an says that time stood still when Muhammad flew to Jerusalem on a flying horse with the face of a woman. Given the fact that these two men genuinely believe what they said it's no mystery that millions of Muslims believe Muhammad's Night Journey and his Seven Heavens are absolutely true events which happened to Muhammad through the hand of God. I'm here to tell you that they are not.
The following particular story of Muhammad’s Night Journey is taken from The Life of Mohamet written in 1697 by Humphrey Prideaux and reprinted in 1808. Undeniably, the older a book written about Islam, the more clear is the information since the book would have been written closer in time to actual events and during an era when no political correctness existed. This book was written in Old English therefore the following is translated into more readable English for ease of understanding.
How Muhammad's story of his Night Journey and ascension to heaven came about was that the local people in Mecca had been asking Muhammad for miracles to prove his mission. He, being able to work none, solved the matter by inventing the story of his late night journey to heaven. The Night Journey is believed by all Muslims as a main article of their faith, and as such, set down in the books of their authentic traditions. Prideaux said, "How absurd forever it be, therefore my plan is to give as full an account as I can of this man’s imposture which obliges me to relate it."
Muhammad described the beast to the Meccans as a winged creature with the face of a woman "with two wings on his thighs which lent strength to his legs. He was white as milk, smaller than a mule but bigger than a donkey and of such extraordinary swiftness that his flying from one place to another was as quick as lightning", therefore Muhammad named the beast Lightning (al-Buraq in Arabic).
|Lightning was tied here
1400 years ago even
though the ring looks
to have been made
However Lightning was having none of that, "having lain long idle from the time of Christ until Muhammad - there having been no prophet in all that interval to employ him." Lightning had become uncontrollable and so skittish that he wouldn't stand still for Muhammad to get on him so eventually Muhammad was forced to bribe Lightning into behaving by promising the beast a place in paradise. After the promise of paradise, Lightning quieted down and let Muhammad get on his back. Gabriel took Lightning's reins in his hands and led the way. However, suddenly Lightning flew up to the stars carrying Muhammad through the night sky from Mecca to Jerusalem in the twinkling of an eye.
A split second later when Gabriel, Lightning and Muhammad arrived in Jerusalem and landed on the Jewish Temple Mount, all the dead departed Jewish prophets and Catholic saints appeared at the gate of the Jewish Temple to greet Muhammad. After greeting Muhammad, they joined him in the chief worship space of the Jews to ask Muhammad to pray for them, then they left. Immediately after the spirits of the dead Jews and Catholics departed, Muhammad and Gabriel exited the temple whereupon a ladder of light suddenly appeared before them enabling them to ascend to heaven.