In Arabic, the word Yara means to See (actually see with one's eyes). On the other hand, the word Vision [Rou'ya] has many more meanings such as: Sight, to See, to Dream, to Imagine, to Inspire.
12: 5 Said (the father): "My (dear) little son! relate not thy vision [Rou'yaka] to thy brothers lest they concoct a plot against thee: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy!
*** The above is from the story of Joseph's dream and is definitely not a 'physical' and actual event***
12: 43 The king (of Egypt) said: "I do see [Ara] (in a vision) seven fat kine whom seven lean ones devour and seven green ears of corn and seven (others) withered. O ye chiefs! expound to me my vision [Rou'ya] if it be that ye can interpret visions [Rou'ya].
*** Yet once more, the above is from the story of Joseph and Pharao's DREAM/ Vision***
12: 100 And he raised his parents high on the throne (of dignity) and they fell down in prostration (all) before him. He said: "O my father! this is the fulfillment of my vision [Rou'ayi] of old! Allah hath made it come true! He was indeed good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the desert (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my Lord understandeth best the mysteries of all that He planneth to do: for verily He is full of knowledge and wisdom.
17:60 "And We granted the vision [al rou'ya] (ascension to the heavens) which We made you see [araynaka] (as an actual eye witness) was only made as a trial for the people."
37: 102 Then when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him he said: "O my son! I see in vision [ara)] that I offer thee in sacrifice: now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! do as thou art commanded: thou will find me if Allah so wills one practicing Patience and Constancy!" 103 So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah) and He had laid Him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice) 104 We called out to him "O Abraham! 105 "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision(rou'ya)!" thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
*** According to the Quranic version of the Biblical story, Abraham saw in a DREAM that he was offering his son as a sacrifice. This was once more a dream and Allah told him that he, Abraham, had already "fulfilled the vision [rou'ya]" , the same term used in verse 17.60 above in respect to Muhammad's Night Journey: "vision [rou'ya]" and in 48:27 also. Hence the meaning in all the verses must be the same: they represent a DREAM and not a PHYSICAL or ACTUAL event, contradicting all the forced and perverted interpretations of the verse ...
17: 1 Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose precincts We did Bless in order that We might show him [li nourihi] some of Our Signs: for He is the one Who heareth and seeth (all things).
... that the followers of Muhammad had deliberately concocted ***
38: 45 And commemorate Our servants Abraham Isaac and Jacob possessors of Power and Vision [Absari].
48: 27 Truly did Allah fulfil the vision [rou'ya] for His Apostle: Ye shall enter the Sacred Mosque if Allah wills with minds secure heads shaved hair cut short and without fear. Fo He knew what ye knew not and He granted besides this a speedy victory.
67: 3 He Who created the seven heavens one above another; no want of proportion wilt thou see [tara] in the Creation of (Allah) Most Gracious so turn thy vision [tara] again: Seest thou any flaw? 4 Again turn thy vision [al basar] a second time; (thy) vision [basar] will come back to thee dull and discomfited in a state worn out.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 5.228 Narrated byIbn Abbas
Regarding the Statement of Allah"
"And We granted the vision (ascension to the heavens) which We made you see (as an actual eye witness) was only made as a trial for the people." (17.60)
Ibn Abbas added: The sights which Allah's Apostle was shown on the Night Journey when he was taken to Bait-ul-Maqdis (i.e. Jerusalem) were actual sights, (not dreams). And the Cursed Tree (mentioned) in the Qur'an is the tree of Zaqqum (itself).
*** The meaning of the verse is crystal clear that it was a dream and or a vision. It was left to the interpreters - such as the one above - to corrupt and pervert its meaning so that it would help in fulfilling their theological agenda that Muhammad was 'transported' physically and not spiritually.
Neither in the Hebrew Bible nor in the New Testament is there any mention of an accursed tree in heaven. Neither the Quran nor the Ahadith explain what it is and how it became what it is and why it is accursed ***
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 6.378 Narrated byMasruq
I said to 'Aisha, "O Mother! Did Prophet Muhammad see his Lord?" 'Aisha said, "What you have said makes my hair stand on end ! Know that if somebody tells you one of the following three things, he is a liar: Whoever tells you that Muhammad saw his Lord, is a liar." Then Aisha recited the Verse:
"No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision. He is the Most Courteous Well-Acquainted with all things." (6.103) "It is not fitting for a human being that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration or from behind a veil." (42.51) 'Aisha further said, "And whoever tells you that the Prophet knows what is going to happen tomorrow, is a liar." She then recited:
"No soul can know what it will earn tomorrow." (31.34) She added: "And whoever tells you that he concealed (some of Allah's orders), is a liar." Then she recited: "O Apostle! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord..." (5.67) 'Aisha added, "But the Prophet saw Gabriel in his true form twice."
Sunan of Abu-DawoodHadith 4999 Narrated byAbuHurayrah
When the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) finished the dawn prayer, he would ask: Did any of you have a dream last night? And he said: All that is left of Prophecy after me is a good vision.
Al-Tirmidhi HadithHadith 4627 Narrated byAbuSa'id
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The truest vision comes a little before daybreak."
Tirmidhi and Darimi transmitted it.
*** In none of all the above verses does the word "vision" mean anything beyond a dream; an inspiration or a spiritual event. In none of them could the meaning remotely imply a true physical and actual event ***