Q: This question is regarding verse 18 of Surah Najam. Did Hazrat Nabi-e-akram (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) witness Allah Ta’ala during the miraj journey or did he only see the Noor of Allah Ta’ala? What is being referred to by the ayat “laqad ra’a min aayaati rabbihil kubra”? Did our beloved Nabi Salalahu alaihi wasalam witness Allah subhana hua taa’a in his heart at any time? Do the first few verses of Surah an Najam refer to Nabi Salalahu alaihi wasalam seeing Hazrat Jibrael Alaihisalam in his true form?
A: There is a difference of opinion. Some scholars and mufassireen are of the opinion that he had seen and others say that he had not seen Allah Ta`ala.
The hadeeth does not speak about this.
As mentioned above, there are different opinions. As for Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) seeing Jibreel (alaihis salaam) in his actual form, then this is also proven in the hadeeth.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)