The place from where the Israa’ journey began
Fatwa No: 142139

  • Fatwa Date:2-11-2010 - Thul-Qi'dah 26, 1431
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Question

I would like to know whether the Prophet, sallahu alayhi wa sallam, was sleeping in a house (and the roof split open), or if he was sleeping in the Hijr of the Ka'ba when Jibreel came to him to take him on Al-Isra. I have heard both narrations and would like to know which one is the accurate and authentic one.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

There are different narrations about the place from where the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was ascended to the heavens. One narration reads: “…while I was resting in the House [i.e. the Ka’bah]”, and another narration reads: “…while I was in Al-Hateem (Al-Hijr, i.e. the area adjacent to the Ka’bah enclosed by a low semi-circular wall).”, another narration reads: “…(while I was) in Al-Hijr”, and another narration states: “The ceiling of my house was opened while I was in Makkah.” Another narration reads that he spent the night in the house of Umm Haani’ who said: “I missed him by night and he said that Jibreel came to him…”

The scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them reconciled between these different narrations; Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said,

“To reconcile between these statements, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was sleeping in the house of Umm Haani’ and her house was in the Sh’ib (valley) of Abi Taalib and the ceiling of his house was opened – the house here belongs to him because he used to dwell in it – and from it [the opening in the ceiling of the house] the angel descended and took him out from the house to the mosque and there he [Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )] was lying down and sleepy. Moreover, in a Mursal Hadeeth (i.e. narrated by a Tabi’ie (successor of the Prophet’s companions) while omitting the companion’s name whom he heard the Hadeeth from) reported by Ibn ‘Is’haaq from Al-Hasan Al-Basri  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him it states that Jibreel came to him and he took him out to the mosque and he made him mount the Buraaq (a very vast animal whose stride is the farthest distance its eye can see); indeed, this strengthens this reconciliation.”

Allaah Knows best.

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