The Israa and Mi’raaj – was it all a dream?

Reference: Fataawa ash-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat – Page 53

Question: Did the israa and mi’raaj of the Messenger ﷺ take place in his dream, or was it while he was awake?

Response: The israa and mi’raaj took place whilst he ﷺ was awake.

Despite there being some preponderant opinions stating that it took place in his dream, or in a state between sleep and being awake, that which is correct, and in which there is no doubt is that he was awake.

So, if this incident occurred in his dream, and not when he was awake, then it would not have been considered a miracle, [something] which had caused some of those weak in eemaan to question their religion, and the polytheists to make fun of the Prophet ﷺ.

Translation originally published on 12 June, 2012

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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