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Ascension
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Muḥammad's night journey. The qurʾānic grounding of the ascent (miʿrāj) of Muḥammad is tenuous in two ways. In the first place, the ascent is not described and the term miʿrāj is not used in the Qurʾān. Secondly, the Qurʾān stresses that Muḥammad brings no miracle (q.v.) other than the divinely-wrought miracle of the Qurʾān itself (see inimitability ). Even so, key qurʾānic passages are woven through the post-qurʾānic narrative of Muḥammad's ascent.

The qurʾānic evidence for the tradition of the ascension is the first verse of q 17, “The Night Journey” (Sūrat al-Isrāʾ): “Glory to…

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Sells, Michael, “Ascension”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00019>



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