Entheogenic Symbolism of Al Buraq

As I have discussed before, entheogenic mushrooms have long been associated with lightning because they typically appear after thunderstorms and near lightning strikes (see link in comment). Thus, when a prophet "rides" on a flying steed they are referring to the visions induced by psychoactive plants and fungi.

"While he was resting at the Kaaba, the angel Jibril (Gabriel) appeared to Muhammad followed by the Buraq. Muhammad mounted the Buraq, and in the company of Gabriel, they traveled to the "farthest mosque". The location of this mosque was not explicitly stated, but is generally accepted to mean Al-Aqsa Mosque (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. At this location, He dismounted from the Buraq, prayed, and then once again mounted the Buraq and was taken to the various heavens, to meet first the earlier prophets and then God (Allah)."

"The Buraq was also said to transport Abraham (Ibrahim) when he visited his wife Hagar and son Ishmael. According to tradition, Abraham lived with one wife in Syria, but the Buraq would transport him in the morning to Mecca to see his family there, and take him back in the evening to his Syrian wife."