Lailat Al Miraj

Lailat Al Miraj

When is Lailat Al Miraj 2022?

Lailat al Miraj reminded the Prophet Muhammad's exile in heaven. Muslims assume that on this night, an angel came to the Prophet, washed his abdomen with the water of Zamzam water, and filled his heart with wisdom and faith. Then, Muhammad was called to God from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he prayed in the Masjid al-Aqsa (Jerusalem). He ascended to heaven from Jerusalem, where he was honored to see God directly, to go to the highest levels of heaven, and to lead all the past Prophets in prayers, including Joseph, Moses, Adam, Jesus, Aaron, Abraham, and John the Baptist.

To reach his destinations, he rode al-Buraq, a heavenly animal smaller than a mule but larger than a donkey. God granted him the gift of prayer. When he returned to Mecca, he described a caravan that was going from Jerusalem to Mecca to show the Quraish. It was celebrated on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.

How do people celebrate Lailat al Miraj?

Customs and traditions that center on Lailat al Miraj vary in the United States. Many Muslims offer special prayers in the evening. Some people attend sermons and prayer services in Islamic centers or mosques, while others celebrate Isra and Mi'raj at home.

In recent days conferences, about Lailat al Miraj were held in parts of the United States. It has also listed (in various media) that thousands of Muslims in Wisconsin, California, and other states celebrate this practice each year. This event provides people the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is an opportunity for people, especially students, to learn more about Isra and Mi'raj, what it implies in the Islamic faith, and how it applies in practice.

Is Lailat al Miraj a public holiday in the US?

Lailat al Miraj is not a public holiday in the United States. All the organizations, schools, offices, and businesses remain open. Muslim organizations or schools may alter their timing schedules. There may be local congestion on roads nearby significant mosques in the evening of the event.

Facts related to Lailat al Miraj

  • Muslims believe that heaven has many levels. Muhammad was carried to each one by Angel Gabriel. In each heaven, a gatekeeper asked both the angel and Muhammad to identify themselves before proceeding.
  • Muslims believe that Muhammad saw "Al-Bait-al-Mamur" (the house of God). Gabriel said Muhammad that since the beginning of creation, 70,000 different angels pray there daily.
  • Muhammad also declared that "Sidrat al-Muntaha" is visible in the seventh heaven. Its leaves resembled the ears of elephants, its fruits resembled those of earthen pots, and it gave rise to four rivers. Two of them were disappeared in heaven, while the additional two were made clear to one person as the Nile and the Euphrates.
  • Muslims believe that God initially assigned fifty daily prayers. After Moses heard about this from Muhammad, Muhammad was encouraged to negotiate and reduce the number of prayers God appointed, which he politely reduced to five daily prayers. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Hadith no. 429[6].

Lailat Al Miraj Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2024 7 Feb Wed Lailat al Miraj
2023 18 Feb Sat Lailat al Miraj
2022 28 Feb Mon Lailat al Miraj
2021 11 Mar Thu Lailat al Miraj
2020 22 Mar Sun Lailat al Miraj
2019 3 Apr Wed Lailat al Miraj

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February 28, 2022

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