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When we look at the subject of the prophet Muhammads Night Journey and Ascension into heaven know as Al-Isra there are few specific details that are constant in the number of versions that exist on the subject In fact there are only two passages in the Quran that give a direct reference to the episode leaving the highest concentration of information to the Hadiths To complicate the subject further there are a number of different interpretations that exist these being in regard to some of the more popular versions of the journey With all of this uncertainty it would then seem strange that any one event in the Night Journey could of helped to unify the entire Muslim faith Yet we do see this in the fact that even though the details may be debated the Night Journey served as a kind of seal on the acceptance of Muhammad as the greatest of Gods prophets The reason that the Night Journey can have at least one unifying factor mainly has to do with the fact that it is mentioned in the Quran making an indefinite version of the journey acceptable to all Muslims The verse of the Quran that gives us the best reference to the Night Journey reads Glory be to Him who carried his servant by night from the sacred temple to the temple that is more remote whose precinct we have blessed that we might show him our signs For He is the Hearer the Seer Quran 171 This passage gives only the conformation that the Night Journey occurred and that Muhammad went from the Kaaba to the farthest mosque in Jerusalem Many think that the whole body of surah 17 was revealed to Muhammad during the Night Journey mainly because many of the other verses can be seen as indirect references to the journey However when we look at the other verses of the surah one could debate when
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