In Shia Islam there is this belief that there has to be one hojjat of Allah on Earth. He could be described as the

decisive argument of Allah over mankind

Further description found in the question Sunni viewpoint about "vasi" or "hojjat" in each era?

The way it is described, it seems that this presences is ensured by Allah Himself.

There is also this belief that Mohammad(saww) went on a maraaj in which he went to the skies, beyond the point which Gabriel(as) couldn't go and had words with Allah.

Now, since Mohammad(saww) was than Allah's hojjat on Earth, so when he went to maraaj who was Allah hojjat on Earth?

I don't find the presence the Ali(as) on Earth as a sound explanation because he at that time was not the Imam, the hojjat (maybe that's incorrect) because Mohammad was still alive.

It's is said that when Mohammad(saww) got back from maraaj things were in the exact same position and condition the way they were when he left (the door chain still swings, the warmth on bed or door knob (not sure)). Which, scientifically speaking, could mean that he went and came back in zero time and therefore no time passed when there wasn't a hojjat present on Earth. Is that a possible and a valid explanation?

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  • I don't get it. By dividing the question do you mean separate self-contained questions altogether? If so, then I actually thought about it and decided not to because the minor question are relevant, close coupled and things that could be a possible explanation. Splitting them up seemed redundant. If you still think it should be otherwise then bring it up as a Islam Meta discussion (or I could if you'd want me to) and let's see what the community proposes. Commented May 9, 2014 at 17:21
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When Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) went to Moraaj, 3 other Imams were present on earth. They are Imam Ali a.s. and Imam Hasan a.s. and Imam Hussain a.s. so the earth has not been empty form infallible Imam.

There is a famous hadith among Shia that the Prophet (SAWW) said:

وَاجْتَمَعَ اَهْلُ الْقِبْلَةِ عَلَی اَنَّ النَّبِیّ صلی الله علیه و آله قالَ الْحَسَنُ وَالْحُسَیْنُ اِمامانِ قاما اَوْ قَعَدا

Hasan and Hussain are Imams, uprising or sitting

Also Imam can be present in different places at the same time.

There is historical record about Imam Ali a.s. the some of Sahaba said last night Ali Ibn abi Talib were at our home for visiting and dinner. Other sahaba said the same thing until 40 person. So Imam Ali a.s. has been present in 40 different places at the same time. When one becomes one of Awlia of God such amazing abilities is granted to him by God. So the Prophet (SAWW) could present in both earth and skies at the same time.


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    Hassan and Hussien weren't even born when Miraj happened. And ali married Fatima after they went to Madinah. your answer is not correct...
    – Sohaeb
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 1:00

I think your assumption about hojjat issue is completely wrong. From Jesus(pbuh) to Mohammad(pbuh) there were 600 years and at least 6 prophets(or saint) should be in that time according to this assumption. But we don't know anything about them, anything about their writings or anything about their effects on people. We just know about the saints who corrupted Christianity. Also I don't think in Sunni belief, there is such rule. So, I think while Miraj, there was nobody in earth in such place, and there was no need also.

From a different perspective, Mohammad (pbuh) didn't go to the Andromeda Galaxy or something, obviously he levelled up to higher dimensions or something like that. The time is relative even in 3D universe. Zero time can be possible.

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    this question is of shias, plz note that... Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 5:50
  • Yeah, I know. I just wanted some people to think.
    – kalahari
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 14:12

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