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Isra and Mi'raj in Canada

Many Muslims in Canada observe Isra and Mi'raj (Al Isra' wal Miraj, Lailat al Mi’raj, or Laylat al Miraj). This event commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven. It is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.

Jerusalem by night
The Prophet Mohammad (also written as Muhammad) traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, pictured above.
The Prophet Mohammad (also written as Muhammad) traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, pictured above.
©iStockphoto.com/Claudia Dewald

What Do People Do?

Many Muslims in Canada make special prayers in the evening or attend prayer services and sermons at Islamic centers or mosques. Others observe Isra and Mi’raj quietly at home. Some Muslims celebrate the event over two days. Other activities associated with Isra and Mi’raj include fasting during the day, as well as reciting the Qu’ran (Koran) and using the tasbih (commonly made of various stones or wooden beads and used for prayer) in the night.

Some people make sweets to share with others or give donations to charity around this time of the year. This event gives Muslims the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is a time for people, particularly students, to learn more about Isra and Mi'raj, what it means in Islamic faith, and how it is applied in practice. Some students learn about Isra and Mi’raj by listening to scholars on CD or audiotape while others read material obtained from bookstores, libraries and other resource centers.

Public Life

Isra and Mi’raj is not a public holiday in Canada. There may be some local congestion on roads around major mosques in the evening of the event.

Background

Isra and Mi’raj is a two-fold event that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven, according to Islamic belief. One night during the 10th year of Muhammad’s prophecy, the angel Gabriel woke him and traveled with him to Jerusalem. Muhammad prayed at the site of the Temple of Solomon with the prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others.

The Prophet Muhammad then rose to heaven (carried by Gabriel) from the rock of the temple mount, where many people believe that the Dome of the Rock sanctuary now stands. Allah instructed Muhammad about the five daily prayers that all Muslims must observe. This day is also known as the Night Journey.

About Isra and Mi'raj in other countries

Read more about Isra and Mi'raj.

Isra and Mi'raj Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriJul 92010Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
WedJun 292011Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SunJun 172012Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuJun 62013Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
TueMay 272014Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SatMay 162015Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuMay 52016Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
MonApr 242017Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
FriApr 132018Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
WedApr 32019Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SunMar 222020Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 

Quick Facts

Isra and Mi'raj (Isra Me'raj, Israa and Mi'raaj, Laylat Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj, Lailat al Miraj, Night Journey and Ascension to Heaven) marks the night when the Prophet Mohammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, ascended to heaven and returned.

Isra and Mi'raj 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Isra and Mi'raj 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Isra and Mi'rajEnglish
Isra et MirajFrench
Isra und Mi'radsch (Himmelfahrt Mohammeds)German
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Canada

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