The Me'raj or the Ascension to the heavens of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA)
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 17th of the Islamic month of Ramadhan, on this day in the year before Hijra, the me'raj or the Ascension to the heavens of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) took place from Mecca, as indicated by the opening ayah of Surah al-Isra'. It is indeed God's greatest favour to His Last and Greatest Messenger to physically lift him, in a fraction of a night, to the highest echelons of the ethereal heavens where no creature including Archangel Gabriel, cannot venture, and then return him to earth.
The Unseen but Omnipresent Creator, whom no eye could perceive, showed Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) the mysteries of the heavens and earth, and the fate of mankind in afterlife. God, Who is far Glorious to have shape, form, place, time or voice, spoke to him in the voice of his dear cousin, Imam Ali (AS), since this was the most soothing voice for the Prophet.