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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.