Al Qur’an, Sura 17 (Al-Isra) Ayah 1:
Exalted is He who took His Servant by night
from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa*,
whose surroundings We have blessed,
to show him of Our signs.
Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.
- – this has also been translated as ‘the Farthest Mosque’ and an interpretation is that it does not refer to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
In Trinidad, miraj-un-Nabi is observed/commemorated, most usually, by lectures. In Barbados, I find it noted almost in silence.
The miraj is the Ascent of Rasool saws to the Heavens referred to in the above-quoted ayah, and debates abound as to whether it was a physical or only spiritual ascent. Many details of the Ascent are given in hadiths, and span the carrying of Rasool saws astride the winged steed Buraq from the Holy Kaaba to Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, his prayers with other Prophets a.s. to his ascent to the Heavens, his meeting with several Prophets a.s., his meeting with Allah swt, the gift of obligatory salaah, and his return to Mecca via Jerusalem.
Allah swt says in Al Qur’an Sura 17 Ayah 44:
The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.
Rowing was part of the water activities at Barrackpore Islamic Centre’s Family Day held on the Good Friday public holiday in Trinidad this year (2018).
Part of Surah Hud tells the story of Nuh a.s., and the command to build the ark, populate it, and sail. It also tells of how ‘family’ should be considered.
There are some hadiths that Rasool saws endorsed that the prayer of Prophet Nuh a.s., stated in Surah Hud (11) Verse 41 could be recited when embarking on a ship:
“When my ummah board a ship and recite the following, they will be protected from drowning: “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Allah swt says at Ayah 48
It was said, “O Noah, disembark in security from Us and blessings upon you and upon nations [descending] from those with you. But other nations [of them] We will grant enjoyment; then there will touch them from Us a painful punishment.”
When Youngest & I were in Trinidad recently, we attended a masjid family day – activities for all ages abounded. Included in the activities was the popular wall-climbing. In preparing this post, I searched my memory for an inkling with respect to a hadith on climbing, and compliments that google search engine, I found the following Q&A at https://islamqa.info/en/164340. I’ve reproduced the information below:
Praise be to Allah.
Al-Bukhari narrated in his Saheeh that Jabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When we went up we would say takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and when we went down we would say tasbeeh (Subhan Allah).
Abu Dawood narrated that Ibn ‘Umar taught him that when the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) got up on his camel, when he was setting out on a journey, he would say takbeer three times, then he would say: “Subhaan allathi sakhkhara lana hadha wa ma kunna lahu muqrineen wa inna ila rabbina la munqaliboon. Allaahumma inna nas’aluka fi safarina haadha al-birra wa’l-taqwa wa min al-‘aml ma tarda, Allaahumma hawwin ‘alayna safarana haadha watwi ‘anna bu’dahu. Allaahumma anta al-saahib fi’l-safar wa’l-khaleefah fi’l-ahl (Glory be to the One Who has placed this (transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny. O Allah, we ask You for righteousness and piety in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You. O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover its distance quickly. O Allah, You are the Companion on the journey and the Successor (the One Who guards them in a person’s absence) over the family).”
And when he returned he would say the same words and would add to them: “Ayiboona taiboona ‘abidoona li rabbina hamidoon (Returning, repenting, worshipping and praising our Lord).”
When the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and his army climbed a hill they would say takbeer and when they went downhill they would say tasbeeh.
Those scholars who say that this is mustahabb (recommended) when going up the stairs and so on, say that one should say takbeer when going up and that going up stairs or hills is the same thing.
But others say that saying takbeer when going up the stairs and so on is not prescribed, because that was not narrated except in specific circumstances, namely climbing up a mountain and the like when travelling; with regard to going up the stairs and so on, there is no such report, even though this was something known among them and they used to do it (i.e., climb up and down stairs etc). If it were prescribed, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would have done it or he would have taught it to his companions as he taught them what to say when entering the house and when leaving it, and other adhkar (words of remembrance) to be recited every day and night.
This is the most correct view concerning this issue.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked the following question: It says in the hadeeth that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say takbeer when climbing a hill and tasbeeh when going down into a valley. Is this takbeer and tasbeeh only when travelling, or did he say takbeer – for example – at home when going up to the second and third floor? May Allah reward you with good.
During his journeys, when the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) climbed up a hill he would say takbeer, and when he went down into a valley he would say tasbeeh. That is because the one who is above a thing may feel proud and think that he is great, so it is appropriate for him to proclaim the greatness of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, by saying: Allahu akbar. And when he descends, he is going down to a lower level, so it is appropriate for him to glorify Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, when going down. This is the context of saying takbeer and tasbeeh.
But there is no report in the Sunnah (prophetic teachings) about doing that when not travelling. Acts of worship are based on tawqeef i.e., they are limited to what is narrated in sound reports. Based on that, when a person goes up the stairs in his house he does not have to say takbeer, and when he comes downstairs he does not have to say tasbeeh. Rather that only applies in the case of travelling.
End quote from Liqaa’aat al-Baab al-Maftooh.
And Allah knows best.
In my childhood, my grandparents lived 2 buildings away from the masjid. We walked to masjid for salaah.
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said,
“He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”
Abu Hurairah (RA reported:
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam)said, “Shall I not tell you something by which Allah effaces the sins and elevates the ranks (in Jannah).” The Companions said: “Yes (please tell us), O Messenger of Allah.”
He said, “Performing the Wudu’ properly in spite of difficult circumstances, walking with more paces to the mosque, and waiting for the next Salat (prayer) after a observing Salat; and that is Ar-Ribat, and that is Ar-Ribat.” [Muslim].
Photo compliments of SAJPICS
It does look unprepossessing, doesn’t it? Have been off radar for a bit, with Ramadan, BD’s graduation, Eid without BH and NoS, holidaying over and away, return to work, having Mama with us etc.
So this photo is of the Islamic Center of Orlando (Jama Masjid), 11543 Ruby Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32836, where we attended jummah salaat on the two Fridays we were in the area. The first Friday we sweltered through the heavy traffic at that really busy intersection and arrived at a full mosque. The second Friday we left 10 minutes earlier and it made such a difference, to the extent that we were amongst the first persons at what seemed like a very empty mosque. It quickly filled up.
Separate entrances for sisters and brothers. Sisters upstairs. Brothers spill out onto an un-air-conditioned patio.
Surprise on the first Friday for BD and me – Sister A, and her daughter greeted us when we walked in – hey, we left you in Bim!
Surprise on the second Friday – a brother taking shahadah. And Uncle R from Trinidad this time amongst the congregants.
Ice lollies & ice cream. A dress for BD. A gift of a royal blue scarf (to match my royal blue dress?) – thank you unknown Sister.
This Ramadan, we’ve found ourselves eating lots of different foods. Five different palates in my household, and five different tastes.
This morning for sehri, Youngest, BakerDaughter & Number One Son ate (ewwww), hot dogs. The toppings are horseradish mustard, cheese, sweet relish & ketchup.
I saw ewwww because I really cannot abide the sight or the smell. Although I know it’s vegan. At school, I would remove myself from the vicinity of anyone eating hot dogs. The smell would make me quite nauseous. Having disgusting children who actually like the stuff, I forced myself to cook them. The scent still sets me off though. Thankfully, BH does NOT like them either. (And I have acclimatised myself to his like for corned beef).
Today, (this was written March 18th and never completed, sigh) masha-Allah, we experienced drama and delight when a teenager broke a 1995 athletic record locally, and qualified for the Olympics.
Last month, I watched as Youngest, following a stamina run with Number One Son and a fall down a hill, surpassed his own expectations and placed 1st in 3 relays, and 1st in his sprint, in his primary school sports. He was last leg in 2 of the relays.
The Prophet s.a.w.s. himself participated in swimming, archery, running and horseback riding, and was said to have encouraged parents to involve their children in these sports.