Mi'raj Night (Part I)

MI'RAJ NIGHT is the twenty-seventh night of the month of Rajab. Mi'raj means ladder. It is the night on which Rasulullah was made to ascend to heavens and was taken to unknown places.

The inhabitants of Mekka would not have iman [1] . They had been persecuting Muslims very much. They had gone too far and had already begun torturing Muslims. Rasulullah was very sorry. It was one year before the Hegira [2] , and he was fifty-two years old. Taking Zayd bin Harisa with him, he went to Taif. He preached to the inhabitants of Taif for one month. None would have iman. They mocked him and tortured him, hooted and jeered at him. The children pelted him with stones. Hopeless, wearied, he was on his way back, his blessed legs wounded. Meanwhile, Zayd's head had blood all over. During a very hot hour, they sat by the roadside, exhausted. The owners of a vineyard that happened to be there, two rich brothers named Utba and Shayba, who were sons of Rabi'a sent their servant Addas with a bunch of grapes for each.

Before eating the grapes Rasulullah 'sallallahu alaihi wa sallam' said the Basmala [3] . Addas, a Christian, was surprised to hear this. "I have been here for many years. I have never heard anybody say such a word. What kind of a word is that?" he said.
Rasulullah asked, "Where are you from?"
Addas: "I am from Ninawa."
Rasulullah: "I see you are from the same place as Hadrat [4] Yunus 'alaihissalam'."
Addas: "How do you know Yunus? No one hereabouts knows him."
Rasulullah: "He is my brother. He was a prophet like me."
Addas: "The owner of this beautiful face and these sweet words cannot be a liar. I now believe that you are Allah's Messenger." So he became a Muslim.

[1] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i'tiqad.
[2] Hegira: emigration of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) from Mekka to Medina; al-Hijra.
[3] basmala: the phrase "Bismi'illahi 'r-rahmani 'r-rahim" (In the Name of Allahu ta'ala the Compassionate, the Merciful).
[4] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.