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Isra and Mi'raj in the United Kingdom

Isra and Miraj, also called Shab-e-Miraj, commemorates Prophet Muhammed's legendary journey to Jerusalem and his ascension into heaven. Muslims in the UK mark the day with prayers and discussions.

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammed ascended into heaven at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is situated in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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Isra and Miraj in the Muslim Calendar

Isra and Miraj is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the 7th month of the Islamic calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, it falls on a different date each year.

Is Isra and Miraj a Public Holiday?

Although Isra and Miraj is an important Muslim observance, it is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

How Is Isra and Miraj Celebrated in the UK?

Isra and Miraj events in the UK include special prayers in mosques and gatherings in Muslim community centers. These gatherings usually include speeches or discussions highlighting the religious importance of the events commemorated on Isra and Miraj.

Since these gatherings are usually held within the country's Muslim communities and mosques, they remain largely invisible to the general public. Many Muslims also observe Isra and Miraj quietly at home.

Why Is Isra and Miraj Celebrated?

The terms Isra and Miraj refer to two parts of an event both mentioned in the Quran, the most important religious text of Islam, and further detailed in the Hadith, a collection of texts about Prophet Muhammed.

According to the scriptures, Muhammed embarked on a night journey (Isra) to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and was then lifted into heaven (Miraj).

Who Celebrates Isra and Miraj in the UK?

With nearly 2.8 million Muslims living in the United Kingdom, which equals about 4.8% of the population, Islam constitutes the second largest religion in the country, after Christianity. The largest Muslim community can be found in London. The municipalities of Bradford, Luton, Blackburn, Birmingham, and Dewsbury also have significant Muslim populations.

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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