Night of the Ascent-Balaghal ula Bi Kamaalihi

Night of the Ascent-Balaghal ula Bi Kamaalihi
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The epitome of perfection, Prophet Muhammad(SAW), was the Insaan a Kaamil, the perfect human being for self evident reasons and on account of the nature of his(SAW) prophecy and Prophethood. This was emblematized by the nature of the Prophet’s(SAW) life, its trajectory, and the very nature of his(SAW) message, Islam. And, it is reflected in the Night of the Ascent, or Shab e Meraj , where the Prophet ascended to the Heaven, on the Buraaq, accompanied by Hazrat Jibraeel(AS). The Prophet (SAW) then led all the prophets preceding him(SAW) in a prayer. The Prophet (SAW) ascended to the heaven from the Kaba in Mecca through the Masjid al Aqsa on, to repeat, the Buraq. The Night of the Ascent is a profoundly sacred occasion for Muslims across the world for both inherent reasons and the fact that it also reaffirms and revalidates the perfection of the Prophet(SAW) and his(SAW) centrality in their(our) lives. On this sacred night, Muslims across the world will make prayers with a special and intense spiritual and practical focus, remembering this ultra special night. All this is to state the obvious, something that finds a resonance in the lives of all Muslims. But, besides the mandatory and devotional prayers that will be made by millions of Muslims across the world on this special night, it behooves upon us Muslims to also to actually imbibe its lessons in our lives and reorient ourselves in accord with the message and spirit of Islam. In actual practice, what is observed is that generally, many Muslims have not only varied from the fundamentals of Islam but also its spirit and message. This can be observed in our quotidian lives, muaamilaat( our dealings), the drift of many individuals and , generally speaking, society. Consider an example. We, as Muslims, are enjoined that, in the least, in our neighborhoods, even a stray animal should not go hungry. Do we, in practice, care about the underprivileged and the poor in our neighborhoods, let alone, animals? No. We do not. Examples galore can be cited how we, through omissions and commissions, ignore the essence and spirit of our great religion. The obligatory and devotional prayers that will be offered on the Shab e Meraj are great but their impact should be long lasting and not merely ephemeral. These should lead to far reaching change in our lives in accordance with the spirit of Islam. For this , our model is and should be our Holy Prophet(SAW). Let us then transform our lives on the Night of the Ascent!