x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Importance of sharing and miracle of Israa and Miraj

Miracles test people's faith, this week's sermon will tell Muslims on the occasion of 'Israa and Miraj'.

Miracles do not only prove prophethood, but also test people's faith, this week's sermon will remind Muslims on the occasion of the Israa and Miraj.

Israa and Miraj itself is one such miracle.

"It occurred after successive ordeals our Prophet Mohammed had endured, indicating that we are doomed in this life to undergo some adversity," says the sermon. The Israa and Miraj are the two parts of a journey the Prophet Mohammed took during a single night in about the year 621.

The Quran explains the holy occasion: "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."

During his journey, the Prophet was taken by angels to meet the prophets who preceded him so they could share their experiences.

The Prophet Ibrahim taught the Prophet Mohammed the ritual of Tasbih - the remembrance and glorification of Allah.

"O Mohammed, salute your nation on my behalf and say 'salam' and tell them that paradise has good soil and sweet water and its land is fertile," Prophet Ibrahim said.

Prophet Musa, or Moses, advised Prophet Mohammed to go to Allah to reduce the number of prayers required. "Verily your Umma [community] will not be able to bear this burden; return to your Lord and ask Him to make things lighter," he said.

"One of the many lessons that we can draw from the exchanges between the earlier prophets and Mohammed is the importance of voluntarily offering advice and sharing of experiences and information," the sermon concludes.

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