Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj

Today, Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj, or “the Night Journey and Ascension into Heaven”. It is the night when the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was spiritually and physically transported from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven where he reached a high stage of nearness to God Almighty.

The purpose of the Ascent was to confirm the high status of the Prophet of Islam. On the way, the Prophet (SAWS) met Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. It is said that the archangel Gabriel accompanied the Holy Prophet.

The Isra’ (Night Journey) begins with the Muhammad praying in the Ka’abah in Makkah. The archangel Gabriel brings him the mythological steed Buraq, the traditional heavenly steed of the prophets. Buraq carries Muhammad to the Masjid al-Aqsa, the “Farthest Mosque,” which Muslims believe is the the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

In the Mi’raj (Ascension into Heaven), the second part of the journey, Buraq takes him to the heavens, where he speaks with other prophets. He is them taken by the archangel to meet God. According to Islamic tradition, God instructs Muhammad that Muslims must pray 50 times per day, but this has been reduced to five times per day.

Isra and Mi’raj is celebrated as taking place before the Hijra and after Muhammad’s visit to the people of Ta’lf. It is considered by some to have happened just over a year before the Hijra, on the 27th of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.

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