Isra'a Wal Miraj in Oman in 2020

Isra'a Wal Miraj in Oman in 2020
  How long until Isra'a Wal Miraj?
This holiday next takes place in 130 days.
  Dates of Isra'a Wal Miraj in Oman
2021 Oman Thu, Mar 11 National Holiday (additional day)
2020 Oman Sun, Mar 22 National Holiday
2019 Apr 3, Apr 4
OmanThu, Apr 4National Holiday (additional day)
OmanWed, Apr 3National Holiday
2018 Oman Sun, Apr 15 National Holiday
2017 Oman Mon, Apr 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Isra and Mi'raj marks the Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and the ascent into heaven
  Isra'a Wal Miraj in other countries
Isra'a Wal Miraj internationally

When is Isra and Mi'raj?

Known as 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.

What is Isra and Mi'raj

Isra and Mi’raj Night 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 Quran 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.

The Pragmatism of Praying

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 known as the Mi'raj, which means ladder in Arabic.

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

What happens in Oman during Isra'a Wal Miraj?

During this festival, there will be no sale of alcohol in bars or restaurants from 6 pm on the day before until 7 pm on the day of the festival. Most shops will be open.

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