Friday Sermon: How the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven

This week’s Friday sermon will teach how the Prophet Mohammed was first transferred to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where he led the previous prophets in prayer before ascending to the heavens.

ABU DHABI// Allah allowed His prophets the ability to perform miracles, and one of the greatest miracles granted to the last prophet was his ascension to heaven.

Friday’s sermon will teach how the Prophet Mohammed was first transferred to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where he led the previous prophets in prayer before ascending to the heavens.

During his time in the heavens, daily prayers were ordered. These started with 50 prayers a day, but Prophet Mohammed kept returning to Allah asking him to reduce the quantity after the Prophet Moses told him his people could not handle that many.

“And with that, prayer became the believer’s ascension to the Lord in good and bad times,” the sermon says.

A hadith told by the Prophet Mohammed directly quoting Allah says: “I have divided prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for. When the servant says: All praise belongs to Allah the Rabb of all the Worlds. Allah says: My servant has praised Me. And when he says: The Most Gracious the Most Merciful.

“Allah says: My servant has extolled Me. And when he says: Master of the Day of Judgement. Allah says: My servant has glorified Me.”

Upon his return, the people of Mecca, including even non-believers, gathered around the Prophet Mohammed to hear the details of his trip.

They asked him to describe Al Aqsa Mosque, which he did precisely. Those who had seen the mosque themselves before confirmed what he was saying was accurate.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: May 22, 2014 04:00 AM

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