Lailat al Miraj reminded the Prophet Muhammad's exile in heaven. Muslims assume that on this night, an angel came to the Prophet, washed his abdomen with the water of Zamzam water, and filled his heart with wisdom and faith. Then, Muhammad was called to God from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he prayed in the Masjid al-Aqsa (Jerusalem). He ascended to heaven from Jerusalem, where he was honored to see God directly, to go to the highest levels of heaven, and to lead all the past Prophets in prayers, including Joseph, Moses, Adam, Jesus, Aaron, Abraham, and John the Baptist.
To reach his destinations, he rode al-Buraq, a heavenly animal smaller than a mule but larger than a donkey. God granted him the gift of prayer. When he returned to Mecca, he described a caravan that was going from Jerusalem to Mecca to show the Quraish. It was celebrated on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.
Customs and traditions that center on Lailat al Miraj vary in the United States. Many Muslims offer special prayers in the evening. Some people attend sermons and prayer services in Islamic centers or mosques, while others celebrate Isra and Mi'raj at home.
In recent days conferences, about Lailat al Miraj were held in parts of the United States. It has also listed (in various media) that thousands of Muslims in Wisconsin, California, and other states celebrate this practice each year. This event provides people the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is an opportunity for people, especially students, to learn more about Isra and Mi'raj, what it implies in the Islamic faith, and how it applies in practice.
Lailat al Miraj is not a public holiday in the United States. All the organizations, schools, offices, and businesses remain open. Muslim organizations or schools may alter their timing schedules. There may be local congestion on roads nearby significant mosques in the evening of the event.
February 7, 2024
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