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Shab-e-Meraj symbolises the night
during which Prophet Muhammad journeyed to Baitul Muqqadas or
Masjid-e-Aqsa at Jerusalem and thereafter to the skies on a horse-like
animal called Burraq (which travels with the speed of light) and saw
the paradise and the hell and met the other Prophets there.
In Baitul Muqqadas, the Prophet led in prayer, all the earlier
Prophets who were gathered for the occasion (in their Barzakm or
transitional and transcendental bodies). From there, he was raised to the
heavens where he again met and conversed with different Prophets. He was
ultimately elevated to a point beyond heavens, called Sidrat-ul-Muntaha.
According to Ahadith, the Archangel Jibriel had operated upon the
heart of the Prophet Muhammad when he was asleep in the Kaaba at
Makkah and converted the Prophet's body into transcendental form to
make it suitable to withstand the journey of the space. The Five Prayers
every day are believed to have been ordained for the Ummah on this occasion.