In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
 On Tuesday night, 3 May 2016, we will once again observe Laylat al Miʿrāj, the night when the Prophet (s.a.w.) appeared before Allah the Exalted in a miraculous journey filled with beneficence and honor. Having taken place on the 27th night of the month Rajab, Isra and Mi’raj is a spiritual journey that involves profound divine knowledge and abundance in which our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) first visited Masjid al-Haram, then Masjid al-Aqsa, and then rose to the heavens to observe the infinite verse and might of Allah Almighty.
 Miʿrāj is the rise of humanity into itself, physics into metaphysics, body into soul, and soul into its possessor. It is something goes beyond matter, an ascent that rejects what is down below and belonging there. Miʿrāj is taking the road again, getting purified and clarified while putting aside all anguish, sorrow, desperation, and hopelessness. Miʿrāj is the journey of virtue for humankind, the rejoicing with the Lord. Miʿrāj is a school that strengthens the ties between Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Aqsa, enriches the spiritual world of Muslims, reinforces their faith and loyalty, makes them experience brotherhood, and educates the believers. The biggest lesson of Miʿrāj for us is that it shows us the values that will take us out of “the lowest of the low” and into “the best of stature.”
Our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) returned from Miʿrāj with three big gifts for us. The first one is Salat, or “the believer’s mi’raj,” which allows us to meet our Lord five times a day. With Salat, a believer only bows before Him, only grovel to Him, only worship Him, and asks for help only from Him. A believer acquires their identity with Salat. Thanks to Salat, the concrete form of tawhid and wahdat, believers not only achieve integrity of body and soul but also the integrity of mind and heart.
The second gift is the last verses of al-Baqarah through which Allah reminds us our paramount responsibilities and weaknesses all at once. Every responsibility is entrusted to us and every individual assigned with this task is required to stay clear of any sort of hatred and grudge, envy and jealousy, pride and arrogance and treat with mercy, modesty, and humbleness towards all people and even all creatures. Because, as put by our Master the Prophet (s.a.w.), modesty elevates us, arrogance reduces us, pride deceives us, and envy ends us. The lethal weaknesses of the human soul constrain us from any mi’raj, rise, and ascent.
The third one is the news that everyone believing in tawhid will be rewarded with eternal salvation. Tawhid is the most fundamental principle of Islam, the soul of the Quran and Sunnah, and the purpose why all the prophets were sent down to the Earth. The principle of tawhid as three basic criteria: peace, safety, and unity. It is not possible for a community to be Islamic without properly establishing the relationship between Islam and peace, faith and safety, and tawhid and unity.
Our duty today as believers is to avoid viewing the mi’raj as merely a memory from our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) and a historical incident. The ultimate goal of Islam is to take human beings from the lowest of the low into “ala illiyin.” As a country, as the world of Islam, and as the entire humankind, we desperately need more than ever the mi’raj values that will elevate and improve the human beings. And the road to unity, peace, and brotherhood as well as the road to knowing the friend and the foe goes through reflecting mi’raj values in our lives.  
Always remain hopeful in these crucial stops of the elapsing time! Refresh faith in the Lord, loyalty to the Prophet (s.a.w.), and love for the prayer! Send your prayers to the heavens with the awareness of being the noble creatures for a wiser perspective, a more merciful heart, a kinder tongue, a nicer attitude, and a more peaceful world! May loyal faith, good deeds, and morals help you rise into the heavens!
On this blessed night, we ask Allah to mend offended hearts and forgive our faults and sins. O Allah, have mercy on us! Protect us from any fitnah and trickery aiming to set us against one another, break our power, weaken our solidarity, and crush our homes!
On that note, I wish a happy Laylat al Miʿrāj to our honorable nation, to our kin abroad, and to the world of Islam. I pray to the Almighty Lord that the values of Miʿrāj bring good things for all humanity, that our rise and improvement begin with our soul and spread across all segments of society, and that peace and quiet replace terror, violence, war, and hostility that threaten the collective peace of humanity.


Prof. Dr. Mehmet GÖRMEZ

President of Religious Affairs