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Isra and Mi'raj in Australia

Many Muslims in Australia 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.

Is Isra and Mi'raj a Public Holiday?

Isra and Mi'raj is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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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.
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What Do People Do?

Many Muslims in Australia observe Isra and Mi’raj on the 27th day of Rajab (Islamic calendar month). Customs and traditions may vary but many Muslims spend the evening praying either at home or at mosques. Some mosques and Islamic centers hold prayer services or sermons on this day. Some Muslims celebrate the event over two days. Work environments vary in Australia but some organizations, including some educational institutions and government agencies, may offer staff members the chance to request a day off for religious or cultural observances such as Isra and Mi’raj.

This event gives Muslims in Australia the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is a time for people, particularly children, young people and students, to learn more about Isra and Mi'raj, what it means in Islamic faith, and how it is applied in practice. Some people 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. Some lectures on Isra and Mi’raj feature special guest speakers from other parts of the world.

Public Life

Isra and Mi’raj is not an official public holiday in Australia. 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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010FriJul 9Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2011WedJun 29Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2012SunJun 17Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2013ThuJun 6Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2014TueMay 27Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2015SatMay 16Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2016ThuMay 5Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2017MonApr 24Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2018FriApr 13Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2019WedApr 3Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 
2020SunMar 22Isra and Mi'rajMuslim 

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