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Isra and Mi'raj

Islamic Holiday Islamic Holiday celebrated in several countries

Extract from Miraj by Sultan Muhammad

When is Israa & Miaraj Night?

Year Weekday Date
2018 Friday April 13th
2017 Monday April 24th
2016 Thursday May 5th
2015 Saturday May 16th
2014 Tuesday May 27th

Who observes Isra and Mi'raj?

Country Known as Date
Brunei Brunei Israk Mikraj 5 May
Indonesia Indonesia Isra Miraj 5 May
Jordan Jordan Eid al Isra' Wal Mi'raj 5 May
Kuwait Kuwait Eid al Isra' Wal Mi'raj 5 May
Malaysia Malaysia (regional) Isra and Miraj 5 May
Oman Oman Eid al Isra' Wal Mi'raj 5 May
Pakistan Pakistan (regional) Shab e-Meraj 5 May
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Israa & Miaraj Night 5 May

Known as the The Prophet's Ascension or the Night Journey, this holiday is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.

Isra and Mi’raj marks the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven, sometime around the year 621, according to Islamic belief.

The details come from the Quaran and other teachings from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Night Journey starts with the appearance of the angel Gabriel who takes the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to Jerusalem on a winged horse.

In Jerusalem, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met and prayed with many prophets including Moses, Abraham and Jesus. This part of the journey is known as 'Isra'.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was then carried by Gabriel to heaven, ascending through the seven heavenly realms until he reached paradise where he spoke to god.

God told the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) about the importance of prayers. On the return journey to Mecca, Moses asked Muhammad (PBUH) how many prayers God had commanded to be said daily. Muhammad (PBUH) said fifty. Moses said this was a very high obligation and told him to go back and ask for the number to be reduced. Initially this was reduced to forty. Muhammad (PBUH) went back to God several times, with the number of daily prayers eventually settling at five, which remains the duty of a Muslim today.

This second part of the journey is know as the Mi'raj, which means ladder in arabic.

Celebration of Isra and Mi'raj include prayers during the night and many Muslim cities will keep their lights on all night.

national and public holidays in Malaysia Malaysia

In Malaysia, this is a holiday in the regions of Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and Perlis only.


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