In the Light of Surat Al-Israa’
And the Obligation to Obey People of Authority

All praise is due to Allah, who made His servant travel by night from the sacred Mosque to Al-Aqsa Mosque. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

The Almighty Allah supports His Messengers with miracles. One of these is the Prophet’s miracle of Al-Israa’ wa Al-Mi’raj (miraculous night journey and ascension to Heavens). Allah says in the Qur’an, “Glory to Him who made His servant travel by night from the sacred Mosque to the furthest Mosque (i.e. Al-Aqsa mosque), whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him some of Our signs: He alone is the All Hearing, the All Seeing.” When contemplating this miracle, one finds many lessons and insights. Among these lessons is: the absolute power of Almighty Allah. The will of Allah does not depend on the norms and causes, as Allah says, “When He wills something to be, His way is to say, “Be”- and it is!”

These lessons also include that: “with hardship comes ease” After the Prophet had suffered different forms of torture from the polytheists of Mecca for his conveyance of the message of Allah,  Allah granted him the miracle of Al-Israa’ wa Al-Mi’raj as a form of support and honor, and to be the ease that follows hardship. Allah said, “So truly where there is hardship there is also ease.”

Another lesson to learn is the great status of being a servant of Allah. Allah said about Prophet Muhammad, “…And revealed to Allah’s servant what He revealed.” This servitude to Allah is a form of honor and glory. This servitude is the thing that Allah wants from creature and it is the core of all Prophets’ messages. Another lesson to learn is the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque. It was the place to which the Prophet traveled on that journey, and then to the Heavens. It is the first Qiblah (direction of Prayer) for Muslims and the third mosque next to the Two Holy Mosques. We ask the Almighty Allah to support those defending it and to return it back to Muslims.

Another lesson to learn is: the great status, virtues and special significance of Prayer (Salat). When the Prophet (PBUH) ascended to the place called Sidrat Al-Muntaha in the sixth heaven, he was given three things: the five daily prayers, the last verse of Surat Al-Baqarah and the virtue that any one of the Prophet’s followers who died worshipping Allah alone without any partners will have his sins forgiven.

Another lesson to learn is: there are common bonds among religions. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” Allah gathered all Prophets (peace be upon them all) on that night and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) led them in prayer, and they welcomed and praised him. Another lesson here is: making use of the available means. When the Prophet (PBUH) reached Jerusalem, he tethered Al-Buraq, as he said, “So I tethered it to the ring used by Prophets.” Another lesson is to ascertain the truthfulness of one’s belief. When the people of Mecca told Abu Bakr, “your friend claimed that he had a night journey to Jerusalem and retuned back before morning,” he asked them, “did he truly said so?” they replied, “yes”. He replied, “I do believe him. I believe him in what is greater…the Divine message.” This was why he was called Al-Siddeeq (the Testifier to the Truth).

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his household, Companions and followers!

Muslim brothers,

In addition to this blessed journey, Surat Al-Israa’ spoke about kindness to one’s parents, as the Almighty Allah said, “And We have commanded people to be kind to their parents.” A special focus in Islam is given to kindness to one’s mother due to her endeavor in pregnancy, breastfeeding and upbringing. The Almighty Allah said, “We have commanded people to be good to their parents: their mothers carried them, with strain upon strain.” Once a person came to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and asked, “Who among people is most deserving of my fine treatment?” He (PBUH) said, “Your mother”. He again asked, “Who next?” “Your mother,” the Prophet (PBUH) replied again. He asked, “Who next?” He (the Prophet (PBUH) said again, “Your mother.” He again asked, “Then who?” Thereupon, he (PBUH) said, “Then your father.” In the Islamic Shari’ah, kindness to one’s mother is a key way to get the pleasure of Allah. A man came to the Messenger of Allah asking to go out for Jihad. The Prophet (PBUH) asked him, “Is your mother still alive?’ he said: ‘Yes.’ The Prophet said: ‘Go back and take care of her.’ When the man insisted, the Prophet replied, “Woe to you! Go back and serve her, for there is Paradise.’

Gratitude to one’s mother includes being kind, honoring and pleasing her. Even after her death, one can make supplication on her behalf, asking Allah to forgive her, or give charity in her behalf. One should also be kind to his parents’ relatives. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The finest act of goodness on the part of a son is to treat his father’s friends in a kindly way.”

At the end, we stress on the necessity of obeying people of authority and the national bodies in each field. Legally, no one is allowed to speak on behalf of the state or its institutions in their areas of work.

The Ministry of Awqaf warns against following ill-intentioned voices, and calls upon everyone to receive directions and guidelines on public affairs only from the authorized platforms and official websites of the state.

O Allah! Help us to adhere to you religion; save our fathers, mothers, country, Egypt and all the world’s countries!