What was the attitude of the polytheists toward the miracles of Isra and Miraj?

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What was the attitude of the polytheists toward the miracles of Isra and Miraj?
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Our Holy Prophet (PBUH), who entered "the station in the middle of possibility and obligation", which was marked with  Qab- al-Qawsayn” and who witnessed Allah’s vision and heard His words, returned to his home that same night.

The following morning, he wanted to inform the Quraysh of what he had seen during his holy journey. However, Ummuhani, the daughter of our Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) uncle Abu Talib, clung to our Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) clothing while pleading,

“O Allah’s Apostle! Do not explain this to the community. They will deny your words and will upset you.”

However, our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “By Allah I am going to explain it” and went amid the people to inform them of the Miraj. The Qurayshis were shocked; thus, they asked,

“O Muhammad! What is your proof of this having happened? We have not heard anything similar to this until now.”

Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) explained the following:

“My proof is that I encountered the camels of so-and-so’s sons’ in the valley of this-and this place. Their camels had escaped and they were looking for them. I directly guided their camels and went towards Damascus.

“After my return, I was in Dabhanan, I came across the caravan of so-and-so’s sons and his community was sleeping. I opened the covered water-cup belonging to them and drank from it. I covered it as it had been before.

“My other proof is that: I encountered a caravan belonging to you all on Tanim hill. There was a blackish camel at the front. It was carrying two sacks, one was black and the other was multicolored.” (1)

The community was curious; with great speed, they went to Thaniyya. Sometime later a caravan came. Like our Holy Prophet (PBUH) had said, a blackish camel at front. They asked the other incoming caravan about its cup filled with water. The members of the caravan said they had filled the cup with water and then covered it. The polytheists looked at the water cup; it was covered like theirs was, however it did not hold any water. The polytheists were puzzled and said, “It is just as he said it was.” (2)

The polytheists investigated the other information that our Holy Prophet (PBUH) had provided and everything was just as he said. Despite all this, they did not testify to our Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) cause.

The polytheists did not refrain from asking proof after proof in regards to this matter. Many of them said, “It takes a month to go to Damascus from Mecca with a camel and it takes a month to return. How could Muhammad go there and return to Mecca in one night?” Those who had journeyed to Damascus and who had seen Masjid-al--Aqsa came to our Holy Prophet (PBUH) and asked,

“Could you describe Masjid-al- Aqsa to us?”
Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said,
“I went there and I can describe it.”
Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) reported it as follows:

I was very tired of their denial and questions. In fact, I had not experienced such difficulty until that moment. Just then, Allah showed me the Baytu’l Maqdis. While looking at it, I described every detail one by one. They even asked me, “How many doors does the Baytu’l Maqdis have?” however, I had not counted its number of doors. When I saw the Baytu’l Maqdis across from me, I began to look at it, count each of its doors and told them the number.” (3)

Thereupon, the polytheists said,

“By Allah, you perfectly and correctly described it.” Nevertheless, they still did not become Muslims.

Hazrat Abu Bakr Unfalteringly Affirms our Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) account

Among the Meccan community, there were those whose hearts had warmed up to Islam; however, they were puzzled when they heard about the Miraj. Upon hearing this news, they immediately ran to Hazrat Abu Bakr and said,

“O Abu Bakr! Are you aware of the news regarding your friend? He says that last night he went to the Baytu’l Maqdis, prayed there and returned to Mecca.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr asked, “Did you hear this from him?”

They replied, “Yes, we directly heard it from him.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr responded, “By Allah, if he said this then it is undoubtedly true. Do not be at all surprised by this!”

Afterwards, he got up and went straight to our Holy Prophet (PBUH) and asked him,

“O Allah’s Apostle! Did you tell the community that you went to the Baytu’l Maqdis last night?”

When our Holy Prophet (PBUH) replied “yes,” Hazrat Abu Bakr said “You speak the truth, I testify to you being Allah’s Apostle.”

Upon this, our Holy Prophet (PBUH) responded, “O Abu Bakr, you are Siddiq (The Truthful) in any case.” (4)

From that day forward, Hazrat Abu Bakr was referred to as “Siddiq.” Siddiq means being undoubtedly and completely truthful.

Sources:

1. Sirah, V. 2, p. 43-44.
2. ibid, V. 2, p. 44.
3. Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqat, V. 1, p. 215; Muslim, Sahih, V. 1, p. 108.
4. Ibn Hisham, Sirah, V. 2, p. 40; Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqat, V. 3, p. 170.

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