Isra Miraj 2012
Across the world Muslims will celebrate Isra Miraj 2012 on June 17th this year. This is according to the Islamic calendar and the Islamic date of Rajab 27. Most Muslims view Isra Miraj 2012 as their call to action to be sure they are praying all five of their mandatory prayers to God, Allah in Arabic, every day. This celebration is very important to Muslims because after the Prophet Muhammad’s, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, two part night journey, he was given the daily prayer requirements for Muslims to adhere from Allah. This is not necessarily a party-type celebratory time, but one for Muslims to reflect and become more resolute in their Islam. Some families and communities may come together on this day, but it usually involved religious studies, additional prayers as well as Quran and Hadith recitations.
As stated in the Surah Al-Israa in the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, was praying in the Kaaba when his journey started. The night journey took him from Macca to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem then to the seven circles of Heaven. He made the journey on the heavenly steed to oall prophets, Buraq. While On the first half or Isra, upon arriving to the al-Aqsa Mosque the steed was tied to what is now called the Western Wall. Other prophets were at the mosque as well. Jesus, Adam and Moses, alayhi-salam, were all in attendance as Prophet Mohammad, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, lead the prayers.
The second half of his night journey or Miraj took him from the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to the seven heavens on Buraq once again. There he sees all seven circles of heaven and previous prophets including, John the Baptist, Abraham, Jesus and Moses, alayhi-salam. While in the heavens Allah tells as Prophet Mohammad, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, to instruct mankind they are to pray a compulsory fifty times a day, every day. It was only after Moses, alayhi-salam, pleaded man’s case to Prophet Mohammad, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, to ask for a more reasonable amount of prayers did Allah reduce the mandatory prayers to five times a day.
Therefore, Muslims worldwide will be quietly and respectfully in celebration and reflection of the Prophet Mohammad’s, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, night journey for Isra Miraj 2012. There may be not big and bright gatherings such as during Eid, but the hearts and minds of Muslims everywhere will be giving many thanks and prayers of peace.