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Isra and Mi'raj in United States

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.

Local names

NameLanguage
Isra and Mi'rajEnglish
MirajSpanish
המסע הלילי של מוחמדHebrew
إسراء ومعراجArabic
미라지Korean
Isra und MiradschGerman

Alternative name

Himmelfahrt Mohammeds

Isra and Mi'raj 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Isra and Mi'raj 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015
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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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.

Jerusalem

The Prophet Mohammad (also written as Muhammad) traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, pictured above.

©iStockphoto.com/Claudia Dewald

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.

Public life

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.

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.

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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
FriFeb 231990Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
TueFeb 121991Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SatFeb 11992Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuJan 211993Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
MonJan 101994Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
FriDec 301994Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
WedDec 201995Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SunDec 81996Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
FriNov 281997Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
TueNov 171998Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SatNov 61999Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuOct 262000Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
MonOct 152001Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
FriOct 42002Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
WedSep 242003Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SunSep 122004Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuSep 12005Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
TueAug 222006Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
SatAug 112007Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
ThuJul 312008Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
MonJul 202009Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
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 

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