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Lailat-al-Miraj: Muhammad’s Ascension into Heaven (May 16, 2015)


Lailat-al-Miraj is a significant event in the Islamic calendar. Muslims celebrate Lailat-al-Miraj as the day when Muhammad ascended into heaven (27th day of Rajab). According to tradition, Muhammad was visited by two archangels who filled his heart with knowledge and faith. Muhammad travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem on a winged creature called Buraq. Muhammad then ascended into heaven where he was told the duty of Muslims to recite Salat (prayer) five times each day.1

Quranic basis for Lailat-al-Miraj

Part of the quranic basis for Lailat-al-Miraj is Quran 17:1,2

Arabic and English text of Quran 17:1


Lailat-al-Miraj in the hadith

The Encyclopaedia of Islam relates the following about Lailat-al-Miraj in the hadiths,

Lailat-al-Miraj in the hadiths

Muhammad’s heart was purified on Lailat-al-Miraj?

Striking to me is the above tradition that on Lailat-al-Miraj Muhammad’s heart was purified from doubt, idolatry, paganism, and error. This stands in sharp contrast to Jesus, who is described in the Scriptures as sinless (1 Peter 2:21-24).

The ascent of Muhammad to heaven mounted on Burak

The ascent of Muhammad to heaven mounted on al-Burak, from a Persian manuscript (Khamset al-Nizami) in the British Museum. Muhammad is shown faceless in this picture. Another painting can be seen at Wikipedia (Nezami Ganjavi).





















Jesus’ ascension into heaven and Lailat-al-Miraj

Jesus’ ascended into heaven after He rose again from the dead glorified.

After he [Jesus] said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts Chapter 1 verses 9-11)

The difference is striking: Muhammad is dead and now descended into the grave. Jesus is alive and in heaven. My Muslim friend, why follow the words of a dead prophet when you can follow the Word of the Living One?

To learn more about the Life of Muhammad from a Muslim perspective check out the following videos from Amr Khaled, one of the most famous Muslim preachers in the world.


  1. For the full tradition see Bukhari 5:58:227. []
  2. According to the Encyclopaedia of the Quran,

    this quranic text and others is tenuous ground for arguing that Muhammad ascended into heaven for two reasons, In the first place, the ascent is not described and the term miʿrāj is not used in the Qurʾān. Secondly, the Quran stresses that Muḥammad brings no miracle other than the divinely-wrought miracle of the Quran itself. Even so, key quranic passages are woven through the post-quranic narrative of Muḥammad’s ascent. (Michael Sells, “Ascension). []

2 Responses to “Lailat-al-Miraj: Muhammad’s Ascension into Heaven (May 16, 2015)”

  1. Ashley says:

    hi, the reasons why muslims follow muhammad is not because he was alive, or dead. Just like the reason for following jesus is not that he is alive or dead. IN FACT, if you believe in scripture, life and death are just phases of life and shouldnt be seen as a determiner against who we should follow or not, that would be idolatry. Rather the fact that Muhammad lived is the reason he was followed, he walked this earth, spread Gods word, and was the last and final messenger. He was who Jesus spoke of that would come after him. Just because jesus will come back doesnt take away from Muhammads importance. God is the ultimate boss of what happens. We praise God, not jesus, not Muhammad. May they both have peace and blessing upon them!

    • agoerner says:

      Thank you for your comment. The reason Christians follow Jesus is because He is alive (see 1 Corinthians 15). Jesus has risen from the dead. I wouldn’t be a Christian, if this were not true. Jesus’ death on the cross was not merely a phase of life. He was sentenced to death by the Jewish High Priest and Court for blasphemy. God vindicated Jesus on the first day of the week when Jesus came forth from the tomb where He was buried.

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