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Mi'raj Night (Part IV)

The next morning he went to Ka'ba [1] and related his mi'raj [2]. Hearing this, the disbelievers scoffed at him. "Muhammad's gone crazy for good," they said. And the ones who had been thinking of becoming Muslims grave up. Some of them, amused, went to Abu Bakr's house. They knew he was a clever, experienced and calculating merchant. As soon as he came to the door, they asked him:

"O Aba Bakr! You went to Jerusalem many times. You must know well. How long does it take to go from Mekka to Jerusalem?"

Hadrat Abu Bakr [3] said, "I know well that it takes more than a month."

The disbelievers were pleased with this reply and said, "So will a wise and experienced man say." Laughing, mocking, being happy because Abu Bakr had the same opinion as they did, they said:

"Your master says that he went to and came back from Jerusalem in a night. He is completely mad now," and showed their sympathy, reverence and trust for Abu Bakr.

"Your master says that he went to and came back from Jerusalem in a night. He is completely mad now," and showed their sympathy, reverence and trust for Abu Bakr.

Clothing himself immediately, Abu Bakr went to Rasulullah. In the big crowd he said aloud, "O Rasulallah! I congratulate you, your blessed mi'raj! Infinite thanks to Allahu ta'ala because He has honoured us with being the servants of such an exalted prophet as you are. He has blessed us with seeing your shining face, with hearing your sweet words that please hearts and attract souls. O Rasulallah! Every word you say is true. I believe in you. I am ready to sacrifice my life for you!" These words of Abu Bakr's bewildered the disbelievers. Being at a loss as to what to say, they dispersed. This strengthened the hearts of a few people with weak iman [4] who had been doubting. That day Rasulullah called Abu Bakr "Siddiq" [5] . Being given this name, he was promoted to a higher grade.

GLOSSARY
[1] Ka'ba(t al-mu'azzama): the big room in the great mosque in al-Masjid al-Haram in Mekka.
[2] Mi'raj: i) the Prophet's ascension from Jerusalem to heaven. ii)Prophet's Ascension from Jerusalem to the skies.
[3] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[4] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i'tiqad.
[5] siddiq: one faithfully loyal to the Prophet; a Wali of highest status.