Isra and Mi'raj in the United States
Many Muslims in the United States 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.
What Do People Do?
Customs and traditions that center on Isra and Mi’raj vary in the United States. Many Muslims make special prayers in the evening. Some people attend prayer services and sermons at Islamic centers or mosques while others observe Isra and Mi’raj quietly at home. Some Muslims celebrate the event over two days.
Conferences about Isra and Mi’raj were held in some parts of the United States in recent times. It has also been reported (in various media) that thousands Muslims in California, Wisconsin and other states celebrate this observance each year. This event gives people 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.
Isra and Mi’raj is not a federal public holiday in the United States. There may be some local congestion on roads around major mosques in the evening of the event.
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 countriesRead more about Isra and Mi'raj.
Isra and Mi'raj ObservancesNote: 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.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Jul 9||2010||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Wed||Jun 29||2011||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Sun||Jun 17||2012||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Thu||Jun 6||2013||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Tue||May 27||2014||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Sat||May 16||2015||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Thu||May 5||2016||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Mon||Apr 24||2017||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Fri||Apr 13||2018||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Wed||Apr 3||2019||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Sun||Mar 22||2020||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
Quick FactsIsra 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 2016Thursday, May 5, 2016
Isra and Mi'raj 2017Monday, April 24, 2017
Name in other languages
|Isra and Mi'raj||English|
|המסע הלילי של מוחמד||Hebrew|
|Isra und Miradsch||German|
Alternative nameHimmelfahrt Mohammeds
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.
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