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I read in your sire about Prophet Muhammad's miracle Israa and Miraj that the Prophet reached above the skies, and discovered Sidrat Muntaha..? what is it?



Praise be to Allah, may Allah increase the honor and raise the rank of our Master Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.

Thereafter; among the great miracles with which Allah ta^ala supported our beloved Prophet sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam is Isra' and Mi^raj.

In the night of Isra' and Mi^raj when our Master Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam ascended to the upper heavens on stairs called al-Mirqat, which is made of alternating steps of gold and silver, he saw many wonders among them was Sidratul-Muntaha.

It is a very large tree, its roots are in the sixth heaven and reaches up to the seventh with beauty that no one can describe as the Prophet sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam said, he saw it in the seventh heaven. Its leaves have the size of the elephant ears, its fruits are like the large jars. Great rivers with great tastes come out of its trunk.

The speedy rider would walk one hundred years in its shade, yet he would not cross it due to the vast leaves and branches it has. It is covered by golden butterflies and great lights which would increase its beauty. Also there are angels who are making tasbih (saying subhanallah) over there.

Sidratul-Muntaha is specified with three properties: The long shade, the good taste, and the nice odor.

* The Prophet (Sallallahu ^Alayhi Wa Sallam) also saw the Throne (^Arsh), which is the ceiling of Paradise. The Throne is the largest creation of Allah in size; Allah did not create anything bigger in size than it. The seven heavens and the earth in comparison to the Kursiyy, are like a ring thrown in a desert, and the Kursiyy in comparison to the Throne, is like a ring thrown in a desert. The seven heavens and the earth in comparison to the Throne are like a seed of mustard compared to the ocean. Allah created the Throne as a sign of His Power and He did not create the Throne to sit on it. Allah exists without being in a place, He is not an image or a body and is not bound to a place or directions.

Allah created the Throne to show His Power. It is carried by four angels, and on the Day of Judgment, it will be carried by eight. The Prophet said he was permitted to speak about one of these angels who carry the Throne. In describing this angel, the Prophet told us the distance between his ear lobe and shoulder is the distance a fast-flying bird would cover in 700 years.

We ask Allah to bless us with seeing it and eating from its fruits and from the fruits of Paradise by the virtue of our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.


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