(Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)
Glorified is Allah Who took His Slave (Muhammad) for a journey by nights from Al-Masjid-al-Haram to Al-Masjid-al-Aqsa, the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him of Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.(QS:17:1)
Prior to the event of Isra’ and Miraj, the Prophet (SAW) had been suffering severely from the pagans of the Quraish tribe.
Distress came in every corner especially when the Prophet went to the city of Taif where the people humiliated him. The Prophet (SAW) turned to Allah for hope and made supplication. He ended the supplication by saying that as long as Allah is not displeased with him, then he will always be satisfied.
Right after this event, the Isra’ and Miraj took place to honor him and to renew his courage and he strived to serve Allah.
There are many lessons we can learn from the events prior to Isra’ and Miraj but the most important one is a sign that all prophets go through hardship just as normal human beings do.
Following the events of Isra’ and Miraj, the Prophet (SAW) renewed his courage and strived to serve Allah, something we all should do when we get out of tough situations in life.
One must remember that Allah (SWT) blesses everyone he loves with a gift or some extraordinary event, that we may not realize at the time, such as the birth of a baby, recovery of a disease, or the simple occurrence of finding a job.
Perhaps we may never experience the joy and bliss that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) experienced in Isra’ and Miraj but sometime in our lives, Allah (SWT) will bless us with an event that will give us hope and renew our courage. We must not forget that supplication (du'aa) is essential for these blessings.
We ask Allah that we would all die as Muslims. We ask Allah to bestow on us the bounty of entering Paradise without torture. Amin