Among the writers of history and the elucidators of the Holy Qur` an there is a dispute in regards to the place of commencement of the Mi’raj of the Noble Prophet (S). Did it start from the house of Umm Hani (the sister of Amir al‑Mo’minin ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib) or from Masjid al‑Haram ‑ since the complete city of Makkah was called and referred to as Masjid al‑Haram? From the apparent reading of the verse, it began from Masjid al‑Haram. Thus, the Mi’raj journey of the Prophet of Allah (S) was from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al‑Aqsa ‑ the Bayt al‑Muqaddas.
سبحان الذي أسرى
This trip ‑ meaning the Mi’raj of the Noble Prophet (S) took place at night and the meaning of Masjid al‑Aqsa (the Furthest Masjid) is the same as the Bayt al‑Muqaddas.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
“By the declining star. Your companion is not in error nor has he gone astray. He does not speak out of his own desire. It is a revelation which has been revealed to him and taught to him by the Great Mighty One, the Strong One who appeared on the uppermost horizon. He then came nearer and nearer, until he was as close to Him as the distance of two bows, or even less. He revealed to Allah’s servant whatever He wanted. His (Muhammad’s) heart did not lie to him about what his eyes had seen. Will you then argue with him about what he saw? He certainly saw Him during his other ascent to the Lote‑tree near which is Paradise. When the tree was covered with a covering, (Muhammad’s) eyes did not deceive him, nor did they lead him to falsehood. He certainly saw the greatest (signs) of the existence of his Lord. ” 1