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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.
Isra and Miraj in the Muslim Calendar
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 countriesRead 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.
|2010||Fri||Jul 9||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2011||Wed||Jun 29||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2012||Sun||Jun 17||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2013||Thu||Jun 6||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|2014||Tue||May 27||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|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|
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