Shab-e-Meraj Celebration (27th Rajab)
It was on a blessed (unseen was seen) night when Hazrat Gibrael a.s was sent to the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w to summon him to the Divine Presence. He thus came to the Prophet s.a.w.w awoke him, and asked him to accompany him on the journey of ascent. The Prophet s.a.w.w was made to ride the Buraq (a celestial white horse-like animal ), would mention here that time and space was cancelled from this universe on that occasion, first he came to Jerusalem. Here at the Masjid-al-Aqsa He s.a.w.w was met by an assembly of all the previous Prophets, who requested him to lead them in the prayer.
Complying with their wish he did so, after which the Prophet s.a.w.w ascended through the seven heavens to the Divine Presence. On his way passing through all the heavens, he was introduced to the various Angels and the different Prophets. Reaching the outer limits of the universe known as “Sidrat-ul-Muntaha”, Gibrael took leave of Him saying that He s.a.w.w had to cross the last threshold by himself as no one can go beyond this point except s.a.w.w, in order to enter the direct Divine Presence (of Allah SWA). Thereby the Prophet s.a.w.w arrived at that Place where no other being has ever been able to reach neither will ever reach.
After communion with Allah, He s.a.w.w prepared for his return journey and came back into the world of man. The nearness of the Prophet s.a.w.w with Allah is described in the following verse of the Qur’an:
فَكَانَ قَابَ قَوْسَيْنِ أَوْ أَدْنَىٰ
So the distance between the Spectacle and the beloved was only two arms’ length, or even less.