Celebration of the Night Journey and Ascension by Muslims around the World

Muslims celebrate tonight the Prophet Mohammad's (S.A.W) Night Journey and Ascension : Lailat al Isra wa al Mi‘rāj (Arabic).

According to Islamic religion, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW) took a physical and spiritual journey during one night -around the year 621. 

Muhammad (SAW) is believed to have ascended to heaven from the place marked by The Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.

In the Isra part of the journey, Muhammad (SAW) travelled on the steed Buraq to "the farthest mosque" where he led other prophets in prayer. He then ascended to heaven in the Mi'raj Journey where he spoke to Allah, who gave the Prophet instructions to take back to the Oumma (Community of Fidels).

 

Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

— Quran, Chapter 17 (Al-Isra) verse 1

Muslims celebrate this event by offering -optional- prayers during this night, gathering in mosques, praying, introspecting and learning.

 

Al Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem

 

Al Aqsa Mosque


 


 

Tags: islam, jerusalem, al aqsa, islamology, islamophilia, Islam Prophet, Mohammad (SAW), Lailat al Isra wa al Mi‘rāj , Night Journey and Ascension, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem Islam

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