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Isra’ wal Meraj – Did Prophet Muhammad PBUH see Allah with his Own Eyes?

Question:

Did the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) see Allāh with his own eyes on the night of Isrā’ wal M’erāj? 

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

There have been extensive discussions regarding the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) seeing Allāh on the night of ‘Ascension’. Please refer to the following:

“Thus He (Allāh) revealed to His slave what He revealed. The heart did not err in what he saw.” (Qur’ān 53:10)

Ibn Abbās (May Allāh be pleased with him) said, “Muḥammad saw his Lord” (Tirmidhī)

Abū Dhar (May Allāh be pleased with him) states, “I asked the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings upon him)”, “Did you see your Lord?” He replied, “I certainly saw His light” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

There is a debate amongst the scholarly fraternity. While some believe the seeing was with his heart, others suggest the seeing was in actuality with his eyes.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute

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