The Angel Gabriel and Prophet Muhammad continued their miraculous ascension through the heavens. This journey was far beyond the wildest imagining of any human being. It began in the deserts of Arabia and spanned the reaches of the known universe and beyond. At the gate of the seventh heaven, they exchanged the same questions and answers as in the previous heavens, and the angels declared their pleasure at meeting Prophet Muhammad. Permission to enter was given and the Prophet of God, accompanied by Gabriel, the angel trusted with the revelations of God, moved into the final heaven.
Beyond the lote tree, the upmost boundary is a place where, apart from one exception, no human has ever been. The night journey and ascension through the heavens culminated in Prophet Muhammad moving past the upmost boundary and standing in the presence of Almighty God. Beyond the lote tree is the realm of the hereafter, Paradise, and the throne of God and God himself.
Prophet Muhammad travelled on the back of Al-Buraq all the way to the farthest Mosque in Jerusalem. He ascended through the seven heavens and marvelled at wonders unimaginable. He looked into the faces and exchanged greetings with many of his fellow Prophets, and the final slave and Messenger of God, Muhammad, stood in the presence of God Himself. On the same night, only several hours after he had commenced his journey, Prophet Muhammad returned to Mecca.
2. The Lone Orphan.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was born an orphan. His father Abdullah passed away two months before he (peace be upon him) was born. When the Prophet (peace be upon him). was born, Aminah bint Wahb -his mother-, sent him to Abdul-Muttalib -his grandfather-, who was in the Ka’bah at the time. Abdul-Muttalib was the head of the Quraish tribe and was respected by all. The grandfather was overjoyed at the news and gave the baby, the name “Muhammad”, meaning “the praised one.”
3.Al-Amin (The Trustworthy)
As the Messenger of Allah The Prophet (peace be upon him) was born an orphan. His father Abdullah passed away two months before he (peace be upon him) was born.
When the Prophet (peace be upon him). grew up, he outshone everyone in intelligence, modesty and truthfulness. He was known for moderation, honesty and a serious sense of responsibility. In his early youth he was known to be a thoughtful boy. He worked as a shepherd and played with other children.
Even before his Prophethood, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was concerned about his fellow men and stood up against injustice and inequality. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) with some other fair minded men once met at the house of ‘Abdullah ibn and made a promise that they would unite and protect the rights of the weak and the needy. The Arabs called this agreement “ilf al-Fudoul".
5.Marriage to Khadijah .
When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was twenty-five years old, he married Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, an honourable Quraish woman of excellent character. She was a successful business woman with fine intellect and great wealth. When Khadijah was informed about the Prophet’s behaviour, truthfulness and outstanding ability, she expressed a wish to marry him.
6.Rebuilding the K’abah.
When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was thirty-five years old, the Quraish decided to rebuild the Ka’bah, after a sudden flood had shaken its foundations and cracked its walls. When the rebuilding had reached the stage where the Black Stone (Hajr al-Aswad) had to be put in its place, a dispute arose and they began to fiercely argue, each clan wanting the honour of carrying out the noble task of placing the stone.
7.In the Cave of Hira.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) spent most of his time in contemplation and worship. He would often go to Cave Hira, situated near the top of mount an-Nr, approximately two miles outside Makkah. He would stay there meditating and praying until his supply of food and water would finish. He would sit for hours and ponder the mysteries of creation. What is man's true purpose in life? From where does man come, and where will he go after death? What does God Almighty require from us?
8.“Cover me, Cover me”.
The experience in the cave left the Prophet (peace be upon him) trembled in fear, shocked by what he had seen and heard. The revelation was totally a new experience for him. He set off for his house immediately. On reaching home, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked Khadijah to wrap him in blankets. When he calmed down, he related the whole story to her.