Orientalists' view on the night journey: an analysis

Nor, M.R.M. (2011) Orientalists' view on the night journey: an analysis. Journal of Islamicjerusalem Studies, 11. pp. 59-74. ISSN 1367-1936,

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The Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad from al-Masjid al-Haram (al-Haram Mosque) in Makkah to al-Masjid al-Aqsa (al-Aqsa Mosque) in Islamicjerusalem has become a subject of interest for scholars in the past and at present time. They include scholars of Muslim and non-Muslim background. Among the companions of the Prophet, there are some issues of acceptance with regard to this ‘extra-ordinary’ event. Their main question is that was the Night Journey by body and soul together or was it by soul only? However, some of the orientalists scholars view that this event was a mere dream and shows the madness of the people who believed in it. One of the arguments is that what was the destination the Prophet travel to from Makkah? Was that to Islamicjerusalem? How this could happen while there were no single mosques in Islamicjerusalem? One of the leading orientalists, Grabar, perhaps gives more problematic clue by stating the fact that The Dome of the Rock was built in 691 during the time of Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. Accordingly, is that means the Prophet did not complete his Night Journey? Hence, this paper will attempt to address those questions in order to clarify the existing of al-Masjid al-Aqsa during the Night Journey, although it was not in its building shape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamicjerusalem, Night Journey and Ascension, Orientalists, al-Isra', Holy Land
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies > Dept of Islamic History & Civilization
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 02:25
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2011 02:25
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2276

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