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Isra and Mi’raj


Isra and Mi’raj (also called Al Isra' wal-Miraj, Laylat al-Isra wa al-Miraj, Shab-e-Miraj, and several other names in different regions) is a Muslim holiday that celebrates Muhammad’s ascension from Earth to Heaven. It falls on the 27th day of the month of Rjab. It represents the two parts of his journey led by Allah. The Isra, when he travels from Mecca to Jerusalem, and the Mi’raj, when he travels into heaven. Celebrations of this holiday range from place to place. Prayer is a common element, with some people going to a mosque to pray, and some doing it from their homes. Light is a common symbol associated with Isra and Mi’raj. Many people decorate with candles and electric lights.