The Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven
In this paper, the issue of the night journey (Isrā’) and the ascent to heaven (Mic rāj) will be discussed from several aspects. First, the date of these occurrences will be considered, then, an interpretation of these events from the view of both the Qur’an and the sirahs is presented. As a third issue, the paper will deal with the question of whether the Isrā’ and Mic rāj were only spiritual or whether they happened to both the soul and the body of the Prophet. The interpretation of these events from the point of view of rationality and modern sciences is a fundamental issue. This paper also deals with that the subject of ‘the Prophet and Miracles’.