When is Isra and Mi'raj?
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Dates of Isra and Mi'ra
Who observes Isra and Mi'raj?
|Isra and Mi'raj marks the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven|
Known as the The Prophet's Ascension, Ascension to Heaven or the Night Journey, Isra and Mi'raj is a holiday 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 traditions of Isra and Mi'raj
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.
In Malaysia, this is a holiday in the regions of Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and Perlis only.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced that Saturday 14 April is an official holiday for the Federal Authorities to mark the 'Israa and Miraj' holiday. Work will resume on Sunday 15 April. There is no official word on the private sector but a holiday on Thursday or Sunday seems very unlikely. It had already been announced that hotels and restaurants will refrain from serving alcohol on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April.