The Incident OfMe'raaj
There are many authentic Ahaadeeth concerning the Israa'a and Me'raaj contained in Bukhaari, Muslim and other reliable collections of Hadeeth. Here we quote a few of them:
sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, "while I was lying in the Hateem or
(he may have said) in Al-Hijr, someone came to me suddenly and cut my body open from here to here (referring
to the part of the body from the throat to just below the stomach.)" ... The Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wasallam further said, "He then took out my
heart. A gold tray of Imaan (belief) was brought. My heart was washed and filled (with belief) and
returned to my body.
Thereafter, a white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me." (This animal was the Burraaq) .... Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam (describing the animal) said, "The animal's one step (was so long that it) reached as far as the animal could see. I was carried on it and, accompanied by Jibraaeel alayhis salaam we reached the nearest heaven. Jibraaeel alayhis salaam requested for the door to be opened. It was asked, "Who are you?" He replied, "Jibraa'eel." He was asked, "Who is accompanying you?" He answered, "Muhammad". He was (once again) asked, "Has Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam been called forth?" Jibraaeel alayhis salaam replied in the affirmative. Thereafter it was exclaimed, "Welcome to him. His is a most excellent visit."
When the door was opened, I entered and saw Adam alayhis salaam. Jibraaeel alayhis salaam said, "This is yow father Adam alayhis salaam. Go and greet him." I went forward and greeted him. Adam alayhis salaam, replying my greeting said, "Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son".
Thereafter Jibraaeel alayhis salaam ascended with me
until we reached the second heaven. (The procedure on the second heaven right up to the seventh
are similar with regards to Jibraaeel alayhis salaam having to knock and being questioned, etc., except
sallallahu alayhi wasallam met different Prophets on each heaven. On the second heaven Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi
wasallam met Yahyaa alayhis salaam
and Eesaa alayhis salaam; on the third heaven
he met Yusuf
alayhis salaam; on the fourth Idrees alayhis salaam; on the fifth, Haaroon alayhis salaam; on the sixth he met Moosaa alayhis
on the seventh he met Ibraaheem alayhis salaam.)
Ascension to Sidra-tul-Muntahaa