Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, Lailat Al Miraj or Ascension night, is an Islamic holiday celebrated annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.
The holiday marks the holy night of 27 Rajab, When Allah Almighty took our beloved holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on a journey from Prophet’s house in Makkah to Masjid Aqsa, Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a very short period of time in a single night. Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj night, UAE public holiday will come in April in 2019.
Following is the translation of the first verse of chapter 17, Al-Israa, from the Quran that refers to this journey.
“Holy is He Who carried His servant by night from the Holy Mosque (in Makka) to the farther Mosque (in Jerusalem) – whose surroundings We have blessed – that We might show him some of Our signs 1. Indeed He alone is All-Hearing, All-Seeing”. (Quran 17:1)
What is Baitul Ma’mur?
It is a house, which is located in the 7th heaven, directly above the Kaaba (Allah’s house). Angels perform the tawaf of this house as we do around the Kaaba during Hajj and Umrah, the Kaaba on the earth is the replica of it.
What is Sidrat Al-Muntaha?
It is a Lote-tree and it is an end of the 7th heaven. It is the edge that no one ever passed except our Prophet (PBUH) and until this place, Prophet (PBUH) traveled along with Jibrael. After Sidrat Al-Muntaha our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) travel alone to meet Allah Almighty. On this special night of Miraj, Allah cuts down 50 prayers to 5 upon the request of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Now, in the other part of the night, which is Miraj, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) traveled to the 7th heaven, and on each heaven, he met the following Prophets.
1st Heaven met Adam (AS)
2nd Heaven met Isa (AS) and Yahya (AS)
3rd Heaven met Yusuf (AS)
4th Heaven met Idris (AS)
6th Heaven met Haroon (AS)
6th Heaven met Musa (AS)
7th Heaven met Ibrahim (AS)
It is said that the Holy Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) ascended towards heaven with the order of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also received a very special gift which is five times pray in a day from Allah Almighty. For the Isra Wal Miraj public holiday, the date can vary about 11 days in advance every year, because there is a difference of almost 11 to 12 days between the lunar versus a solar calendar.
The name of this beautiful and historical night is given as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) journey from Makkah to “the furthest mosque” Jerusalem and then ascension to heaven. This Isra means “night journey,” and Miraj means “ascension.”
As per the books and history, this trip of the Holy Prophet consists of two parts. The 1st part of this includes the journey from Makkah to mosque Al- Aqsa in Jerusalem, where the last messenger of Allah joins past prophets in prayer. The second of this trip starts from mosque Aqsa towards heaven. This Isra Wal Miraj public holiday has special importance in the list of UAE holidays 2019.
If we read the details in Quran and Hadith and from history Islamic books we conclude our beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taken by Allah Almighty to heaven and show him a lot be places of heaven and hell. There is a little bit of confusion among some people that he went physically or only spiritually in an out of body experience.
He talked with several Prophets, including Jesus and Moses, in heaven. He also received instructions on Islamic prayer also known as Salat, which is a special gift of Allah. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) returned to Mecca before the end of the night.
It is confirmed and people agreed that he rode on a winged horse towards the Allah Almighty. The name of this winged horse is “Buraq”, which means lighting. It is said that the speed of that Buraq was very fast. This historical journey of the last Prophet is remembered and commemorated on Isra and Mi’raj.
Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension night Celebration
There are a lot of celebrations includes in this Isra Wal Miraj public holiday. To celebrate this historical night of Prophet’s Ascension, a lot of Muslims stay up all night in the mosques and also in the homes.
There are a lot of Islamic festive inside the mosque where Muslims gather to hear about this amazing miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), from the Islamic scholars. Muslims also talk to small children and tells them the history of this night. Some people also devote the evening or night listening to or studying the story of Isra and Mi’raj in a mosque or at home.
A lot of mosques and homes, government buildings also decorated with lights and candles and with small electric lights. All the night praise and prayers of Allah’s blessings are made till morning. At home, many people cook sweet dishes and prepare other tasty meal to share with friends and family.
This Isra Wal Miraj public holiday in UAE holidays 2019 calendar will fall on April 3 in 2019 in the Dubai, United Arab Emirates. is for both the public and the private sector. Both the working sectors in the UAE will workers get a paid one day off on The Prophet’s Ascension by government decree.
There are a lot of other incidents and things happened during this holy journey of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). This essay is describing the main part of the Prophet (PBUH) Ascension towards heavens.