The tenth year of Nubuwwat was also of great significance, since, in this year, in the month of Shawwal, Rasulullah made nikah with Hazrat Aisha-binte-Abu-Bakr (R.A.) and Sawdah-binte-Zam'a (R.A.)
In this same year on the 27 Rajab, while he was asleep, he was awakened by Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) who took him to the heavens where he was shown the glory of Allah's creation and the Jannah (Paradise) and Jahannam (Hell).
His journey started from between the Ka'bah known as 'Muqam-e-Ibrahim', an area where Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) had rested while he was building the Ka'bah.
Accompanied by Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S), Rasulullah mounted the lightning 'Buraaq', the winged horse, and visited the Masjid-e-Aqsah in Jerusalem where he led all the Prophets in the performance of two rakat Nafil Salaat.
After the Saalat, Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) took Rasulullah through the heavens where he met one prominent Prophet in each stage of the heavens until they reached 'Sidrat-ul-Muntaha', a stage in the seventh heaven, where Hazrat Jibra'eel (A.S.) left Rasulullah to proceed alone to his Divine Meeting with Allah.
It was at this meeting that the 'Five' times Saalat was ordered for
the Muslims as a special gift.
In the morning, when Rasulullah related about his Ascension, the Quraish would not believe what they heard. They cross examined Rasulullah and tried to prove him wrong. Rasulullah proved that a caravan headed for Makkah was in a certain position and would reach Makkah at a certain time. This was confirmed true and the Quraish were held spellbound by this disclosure.The Quraish challenged Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) to support the statement of his close friend Rasulullah . Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) was bold in accepting whatever Rasulullah said. From then onward, by virtue of this acceptance of any word of Rasulullah Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) earned the title 'Siddique' (A Faithful Witness of the Truth).
The Me'raj (Ascension) was such a Divine miracle that Rasulullah admitted that on his return, he found that his bed had not lost its warmth.
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