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Meraj Of Prophet Muhammad

"The experience of the Meraj, like the rising kundalini that Abdula had seen, would not only revolutionise Mohammed’s awareness but send out shock waves which resonated in the unconscious of all Arabians and later, all the world."

The Holy Qur'an

surah 97:1-5 Al-Qadr (Night of Power) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand: Peace!...This until the rise of morn!

surah 97:1-5 Al-Qadr (Night of Power) (Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'an, 1989.) Meraj Of Prophet Muhammad "There are a number of legends about the early life of Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam. It is said that just before Mohammed’s birth his father, Abdula, dreamt of his unborn son. He saw growing from his child’s back a tree, which climbed upward, and reaching its full height emitted a light that spread around the world. Most Muslims interpret the dream and its imagery symbolically. The tree would of course represent the religion of Islam, supported by Mohammed. The light is the wisdom of his teachings that have truly been globally disseminated. However we also know that the tree in Mohammed’s back could be the ‘tree of life’ and is a common symbol in Middle Eastern and Islamic culture. Carl Jung, after years of studying the language of the unconscious, interpreted the tree of life as one of the universal unconscious’s synonyms for the Kundalini. The Kundalini, said Jung, is a spiritual energy best documented by (but by no means exclusive to) the yogis of India. It should not at all be surprising, should we take an open-minded and closer look at Islam, that as with the other great religions, we find a deeper, more mystical and universal message: that of self realisation and the mechanism by which it occurs — Kundalini awakening. Every culture and religion has had individuals who have achieved a living, spontaneous, direct experience of their

A system that would serve as the foundation for one of the greatest civilisations in recorded history. like the rising kundalini that Abdula had seen. As a child and young man Mohammed showed few signs of his prophetic destiny. Its significance becomes even more universal when we examine it from the perspective of kundalini awakening. This beautiful and inspiring vision has motivated millions of Muslims for more than a thousand years. or ‘God’ was about to act. The prophets and angels that Mohammed encountered in each heaven could well have been these same inner deities that the . In this visionary experience the angel Gabriel escorted Mohammed from his humble quarters to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. He transcended the limitations of the human mind and tapped into the universal intelligence. To go beyond such ingrained behaviour patterns Mohammed drew upon an awareness of superhuman proportions. These experiences culminated in the amazing Meraj (or ‘Ascent’). The archangel said that he himself could go no further. Through the Meraj Mohammed realized the need for the establishment of a new culture. There the Buraq. all the world. was the last frontier between god and man and Mohammed was ushered into the place described as the abode of God almighty. His vision then became universal: to unite the peoples of Arabia under a system of morality. radiant tree with wondrous multicolored leaves. goddesses and heavenly beings. the head of a woman and the wings of a bird. For the light. say the yogis. The seven heavens through which Mohammed passed must of course correspond to the seven chakras that exist within the human body. The ascent of Mohammed’s Kundalini was not simply of individual importance to Mohammed but had global. We can suggest that he actually saw the uniquely powerful Kundalini of his son. The human chakra system is a microcosm for the entire Eastern pantheon of gods. Each chakra. Mohammed was the vessel through which the universal unconscious. At the sixth heaven Gabriel brought Mohammed to the verge of the seventh. a fantastic steed with the body of a horse. the Fang-Shi of Tao and the Sufis of Islam all achieved these states and each have spoken of experiences that. the Yogis of Hinduism. Each heaven had its own guardian angel and resident prophet who ruled the dimension in accordance with God’s laws. The prophet in turn blessed Mohammed and ushered him on to the next heaven and so on. The experience of the Meraj. would not only revolutionise Mohammed’s awareness but send out shock waves which resonated in the unconscious of all Arabians and later. A dynamic. despite differences of appearance. using the symbolic language of the universal unconscious. She shone with dazzling white brightness and her tremendous strength bore Mohammed up into the cosmos through the various divine dimensions. The Gnostics of Christianity. are strikingly similar in content. Their Mohammed saw a beautiful. Let us then look at Abdula’s dream from a yogic perspective. greeted him. He was well known for his moral integrity and good character but it was not until his forties that he became aware of his true purpose. blood feuds and violent practices prevalent at the time. Gabriel escorted Mohammed on the Buraq through the seven heavens. is the abode of a special deity whose character embodies the chakra’s innate spiritual qualities. wisdom and superhuman energy to attempt such a revolution. the seventh heaven. and then Mohammed respectfully paid homage to the reigning prophet. the divine energy of Mohammed’s Kundalini. The Meraj gave Mohammed the confidence. was about to affect a spiritual and cultural revolution in Arabia. Through a series of transformative experiences Mohammed was prepared for his divine role. even cosmic significance. It was here that he communed with God and learned of his true purpose. or ‘divine’.religion. Mohammed bowed to guardian angels who determined his readiness to enter into their heaven. He was to establish a creed that went beyond the petty tribal boundaries. This. justice and compassion. suprahuman awareness that went beyond dogma and blind faith.

dazzling buraq. eternal. One is taken beyond the limits of the human mind into the mystical states of meditation described by sufis and yogis alike. However. thought-free and joyful experience. in fact. Notably. In fact C. the Sahasrara or Kingdom of God. silent. The seventh heaven or chakra is the ‘Crown Chakra’ also termed Sahasrara. in fact. cause/effect. The buraq could well be a feminine. it takes the meditator into the state of ‘thoughtless awareness’ (Nirvichara Samadhi) and beyond. Like all the chakras it has a specific number of petals (in this case more than a thousand)|. In conclusion Mohammed’s ascent through the seven heavens was. Prophet Muhammad made the journey within. However. Both reached the mystical heaven within. These exacting pre-ordained conditions beyond human manipulation form the phalanx of Sure Signs that commences Al-Qiyamah. Mohammed was. to divine union with the god almighty. beyond the normal mental awareness of past/future. can only deal with the dimension of past and future. the state of meditation begins in the ‘spaces between the thoughts’. Yogis have described it as the most important of all the chakras for it represents the ultimate level of mystic awareness. is the process of selfrealisation. taking his consciousness with it. This is not an unusual proposition since meditation is a state of awareness created by the ascent of the kundalini through the chakras. Jung described the kundalini as the ‘divine feminine ‘or ‘God the mother’. a reason absolutely necessary to confirm what the Qur'an reveals about His Ruh (Spirit) and the announcement of Al-Qiyamah. Mohammed’s vehicle for his own ascent through the heavenly dimensions was the lady-faced. Arabic synonym for kundalini. Through his meditative vision he learned of humanity’s higher potential thus his mystic perception of the universal spirit and its presence within each of us became the template upon which he sought to fashion a new society whose foundations lay not in issues of common material interest but in the unique awareness of Self-Realization. Her ascent from the sacrum. Far from it. Kash made about 1300 such journeys to heaven. cause and effect. through the chakras located in the spinal cord. laying the first building blocks for the emergence of a spiritual civilization that may only now come into fruition.” [1] Prophet Muhammad was at all times besides His wife when He experienced this mystical journey (Meraj) to heaven. This is a simple state where one experiences true mental silence. As it pierces the sixth chakra (‘third eye’ or Agnya) and seventh. Mohammed’s return to mundane experience restarts with the next few clicks of the same latch movement. the ascent of the kundalini. The mind. The kundalini is a feminine energy often described as an ‘inner goddess’ or ‘mother energy’. Such ancient yogic descriptions of the sahasrara could logically correspond to the resplendent and multicoloured sidrat which Mohammed encountered in the 7th heaven. thought and memory. But there is a reason he met Prophet Muhammad.yogis personally discovered through intense meditation. The sahasrara’s appearance however is said to contain all the colours of the rainbow for it contains within it all the aspects (and hence the colours) of the six other chakras below it. In other words the entire experience occurred in a sort of ‘no time’. . in no way is Kash compared or elevated to Prophet Muhammad. This is the numinous dimension where there is no passage of time but only a singular. It is no coincidence that the entire Meraj is described to have started and finished in an incredibly short period of time: While sitting in his room Mohammad heard someone grasp the door handle and the sound of the latch clicking was the last thing he heard before Gabriel’s appearance and the duo’ s departure on their spiritual journey. Each chakra not only has a specific number of petals but also a specific radiant colour. When the kundalini arrives in the crown chakra (sahasrara) the seeker experiences the complete transformation of awareness. It was from this dimension of awareness that Mohammed perceived the divine vision of a universal culture and spirituality.G. as this editorial column has often discussed before. Kash also made these journeys within.

to a growing sense of unity of all experience. Though not a declared or conscious aim. this result could be looked upon as a not unworthy goal as well as a pragmatic standard. It alone is fitted to mediate between the anguish of existence and the serenity of essence. According to an American Roman Catholic mystic. sooner or later. Like every other aim and activity." Stanley Lane-Poole. a medieval German mystic: "It is more worthy of God that he should be born spiritually of every virgin." Though the mystic goal may seem to be tied to a transcendent reality. He was the messenger of One God. a sane and mature mysticism leads to an ecumenical insight and obligation. it is the guarantee of a set of altered relationships and a rehabilitation of what may be called the higher reason. as stated. between samsara ("cycle of birth and rebirth") and Nirvana (the State of Bliss). particulars. Yet. "The spiritual anguish of man has no cure but mysticism. Intuitions that sink into private fancy and morbidity have a short life to live. On the contrary. for example. The healthier forms of mysticism do not abjure action or the claims of love. Inc. As for the mystic's "yonder. is one of the goals of a mysticism that has come of age." it is not spatially or posthumously remote but rather refers to a different order of reality and consciousness. Local colour. mysticism operates in a historical context." Britannica Online (1994-1998 Encyclopædia Britannica. To cure man of a provincialism of the spirit. The eternal now is a kind of release from the temporal order.) "He was one of those happy few who have attained the supreme joy of making one great truth their very life spring. by Meister Eckehart.ADDITIONAL QUOTES "Experience of the universal The nature of the goal. In man's many-sided growth toward the real. and uniqueness will not cease. however. together with a most sweet humility. It is an ancient maxim that one becomes what one loves. and never to his life's end did he forget who he was or the message which was the marrow of his being. from which more people suffer than either know or admit it. Thomas Merton. it also tends to reveal a timeless stance. in the perspective of the future and of wholeness. introduces a paradox. this does not mean a sundering of all relations and responsibilities. He brought his tidings to his people with a grand dignity sprung from the consciousness of his high office. Such a release may lead to a shift from the local to the universal. This is how the psychic birth repeats itself in the mystic soul. but. Studies in a Mosque "Experience of oneness with people The apotheosized (divinized) field of consciousness is mysticism's ultimate goal and gift to the life of an evolving humanity. or of every good soul. the universal alone will have survival value. The true mystic is a cosmopolitan. than that he should have been born physically of . The mystic is both in and out of time.

" wrote the medieval Dutch mystic Jan van Ruysbroeck. Even if there had been a semblance of interpenetration between man and the divine. they also return to the base and attempt the ancient alchemy. This is true of society. leaving an unredeemed world to its own ways. Mohammed: The Prophet of Islam "Mystical relationship between man and the sacred Nature of the relationship Within man is the soul of the holy. is the art and science of the holy. however." Britannica Online. for it receives indeed some attribute of God. he had no lack of evidence. who often speak of "union with God. Mysticism. The principle of Islam that "there is no compulsion in religion" is well known. The theory of Islam and sword. and beauty. As the French sociologist Émile Durkheim saw it. because we are not generally fed now on that (distorted) kind of history and much time need not be spent on pointing out our misrepresentations of Islam. nor does God ever become the creature. though not rational.” K. Some. but the universal core remains unaffected. victory is mysticism's inner urge and promise. there could be no substantial identity. . The 16th-century Spanish mystic St. Inc. and. for the creature never becomes God. the interpretation or emphasis varies." The same doctrine is preached in the Middle Ages by the mystic Heinrich Suso: In this merging of itself in God the spirit passes away and yet not wholly.) "My problem to write this monograph is easier. Christian mystics. Ramakrishna Rao. The sacred is in its own way a coherent system. but it does not become God by nature. rather. The dualists no less than the theists insist on the unqualified and irreducible "otherness. is not heard now in any quarter worth the name." generally do not imply identity with the divine." Britannica Online. and continues to be this everlastingly. (1994-1998 Encyclopædia Britannica. when the German theologian Rudolf Otto isolated the sacred as a "quite distinctive category" of mystical apprehension. thought the sacred might as well be elicited from such ultimate values as "truth. the realization of the Spirit of Holiness. it is but "the experience of the Holy Ghost. too. It is indeed a mark of the real." the unbridgeable gulf. The more sober among the mystics do not merely withdraw. S. the transformation of men. said Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century. It is the distance that preserves the sacred. the sacred has always existed. (1994-1998 Encyclopædia Britannica. ." But most others could not be so plain and had to use special strategy to cover up traces of possible deviation from what was permissible. even when one speaks of union or communion. like Inge. one might say. There is here a great distinction. Teresa of Avila could write with impunity: "It is plain enough what unity is — two distinct things becoming one. goodness. the sacred is but a personified society. for instance. Theologically. The emphasis. "keeps its own nature.) . was not unanimously accepted.Mary. Not escape but. A solitary salvation does not satisfy either head or heart. Inc. since this might lead to heresy. ." As the opposite of the profane and as a distinct and irreducible quality of the religious and mystical life." According to the respective world view. "Each of these. It is still something that has been created out of nothing." The mystic is not always amorous of the beyond.

NOTES 1. Yogic Insights into Islam (Issue 15) . Knowledge of Reality.

The Greatest night in the History Asifa AM Tue.[IslamCity] The Miraculous & Profound Journey of MIRAJ . 30 Aug 2005 03:22:02 -0700 "Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship. His beloved wife Khadija. He had tried to invite the people to ISLAM. Isra and Miraj: His mission to Taif had been unsuccessful. the Seer" (Quran 17:1). which is not attained by anybody except Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). throwing rocks on him until he bled. they had sent their children after him. What are they and why are they important to Muslims? He was depressed and dejected. was also gone. This took place on the 27th day of the month of Rajab. It was the climax of the spiritual progress. No doubt the night in which he was blessed with this unparalleled honor was one of the greatest night in the history of this WORLD. It was in this context that the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) was taken up to the heavens in a miraculous and profound journey Muslims know as Isra and Miraj. . but in hateful and humiliating retaliation. the neighborhood whereof We have blessed. a source of comfort and support. His uncle Abu Talib. that We might show him of Our tokens! Lo! He is the Hearer. a pillar of strength who defended him against the vicious attacks of his enemies. was dead. It was truly a Year of Sorrow.

He firmly believed in it. But for the true believers. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) didn't flinch when confronted with this miracle. how can we deny this miracle of travel. It was during his lifetime that the throne of the Queen of Sheba was transported about 1500 miles to his kingdom. those who object to the possibility of such a journey-taking place are forgetting the story of Prophet Sulayman (pbuh). Given today's advances in technology. the Prophet's trusted (A unique & comprehensive FREE e-Library in Multiple Languages) . where jumbo jets can send us across the ocean in a span of mere hours. who lived several centuries prior to Prophet Mohammed pbuh. whether those are of time or distance? As well. For example.For the disbelievers. it only made them more stubborn in their disbelief. Get to know more about the Miraculous and Profound Journey of Isra and Miraj Please read / listen Isra & Miraj (in English) Miraj Ka Safarnama (in Urdu) Miraj Ki Raat (in Urdu) Miraj Ka Paygam (in Urdu) Audio Dars/Lecture Miraj Ka Toufah (in Urdu) FREE Available on www. especially from the Being Who has no it only strengthened their faith. It was because of this conviction that he was given the title "as-Siddiq" (the truthful one).