The Secret Behind the Face of the Buraq

In the unique event known as the Night Journey, which is commemorated as Laylatul Isra wal-Mi’raj on the 27th night of the blessed month of Rajab, the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was carried upon the back of a winged spiritual steed possessing a human face known as Buraq in a profound mystical journey first to Jerusalem and then into the heavens and the Divine Presence of God.

There is a deep divine wisdom in the fact that Buraq possessed a human face, and points to the ultimate goal of al-Islam, which is the awakening of true human potential as honored and noble servants of God through selflessness, surrender and humility.

Why Did the Buraq Have a Human Face?

The great goal of al-Islam is to elevate a human being from lower level consciousness and into the awakening of human potential as a transcendent soul connected to the Divine Presence of God.

It is by transcending the lower level consciousness states of the mind and body, and thereby awakening the consciousness of the heart, that a human being truly begins to realize his or her potential as a deputy of the Divine.

This is attained through the spiritual path of the prophets and messengers of God, in particular by following the path of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in progressively cultivating the capacity for presence and peace through selflessness, surrender and humility.

It is this transcendent state of actual consciousness (Level 3 State Consciousness) that truly makes us human and separates the children of Adam (as) from other creatures, animals that are primarily dominated by the drives of the gut (Level 1 State Consciousness) and the mind (Level 2 State Consciousness).

While lower level consciousness creatures primarily look towards the earth, dunya, for sustenance, survival and the satiation of desires, the the human being is singularly capable of looking upwards towards the heavens in contemplation and awe of the Creator.

The Buraq represents the perfected human being, the self surrendered and awake in the Divine Presence of God, and so rather than possessing the face of an animal, it possessed the honored and noble face of a human being.

Through following in the footsteps of the blessed and noble Messenger ﷺ, the believer is able through sincerity and humility to overcome the drives of the mind and the body, and become subsistent upon the Light of the Divine Presence.

The Buraq had a human face because it represented the perfected self of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as a fully realized spiritual being subsistent upon the Eternal Light of God rather than the temporary and vain pleasures of the world.

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The capacity for stillness and surrender is developed with practice, and its rewards include health of the body, mind and spirit, and greater success in life, family and marriage.

Assalamulaikum, I have gone through several books and YouTube videos of great spiritual masters, such as Eckhart Tolle and Peter Russell. Especially the book “A New Earth” of Eckhart Tolle has had a profound impact in my belief system. Then I came to watch brother Ihsan on YouTube. I thought it was that wonderful moment I have been waiting for for many years. If Allah wishes, the combination of Islam and spirituality will cure the hearts of billions of people in this hectic time.

I am on the 2nd week now, and I feel that it has been too much of a divine gift for the small money I paid to subscribe to the program. I pray the best for all who have made this effort a reality, and all those who are benefitted. I sincerely pray and hope that this type of spiritual practice will become a common phenomenon in coming days. Ameen.

Osman (Norway)

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One Comment on “The Secret Behind the Face of the Buraq”

  1. The Buraq is never explicitly stated in the Holy Qur’an. However, the creature is stated several times in narratives of the hadiths.

    According to an account in Sahih Muslim, narrated by Anas ibn Malik, the Buraq is described to be white in colour, bigger than a donkey and smaller than a mule. It is also described as having a stride that was as long as the eye could reach.

    However, a portrayal of the Buraq in Indian and Persian Islamic art is depicted to have a beautiful, female, humanoid face with the body of a white horse, colourful wings attached to its shoulders and a tail of a peacock.

    This is most probably due to the fact that the physical description of the creature might originate from a misinterpretation of translation from Arabic to Persian texts. The phrase that was used was: “beautiful-faced creature”. It is no surprise that this phrase had spun the imaginations of artists. Thus, resulting in what you see in 16th century paintings of a human-faced, horse-bodied Buraq.

    Nevertheless, in the end, the Buraq is never chronicled to be either winged or having a humanoid face in the hadiths.

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