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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.
Is Isra and Mi'raj a Public Holiday?
Isra and Mi'raj is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, March 22, 2020 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Canada.
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.
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.
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.
|2015||Sat||May 16||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2016||Thu||May 5||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2017||Mon||Apr 24||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2018||Fri||Apr 13||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2019||Wed||Apr 3||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2020||Sun||Mar 22||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2021||Thu||Mar 11||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2022||Tue||Mar 1||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2023||Sat||Feb 18||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2024||Wed||Feb 7||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2025||Mon||Jan 27||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
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