SHAB e-Miraj is one of the key dates in the Islamic calendar and celebrated by Muslim’s around the world.
Here’s all you need to know about the holiday.
What is Shab e-Miraj?
According to Islamic tradition, Shab-e-Miraj is the “Night of Ascent.”
This is when Muslims believe Muhammad transcended his spiritual form to become closer to Allah and achieve a spiritual state that humans could never fully understand.
The ascent, confirmed the status of the Prophet in paradise.
In the Islamic tradition it is said to be an area of heaven where not even the angels can tread.
It is believed that he continued his journey all the way to the “Throne of Allah” where he drank from the fountain of knowledge.
He would later come back to earth to impart some of this knowledge to the early Muslims, it is said.
When is Shab e-Miraj 2018?
The date of Shab e-Miraj is not fixed in the Gregorian Calendar but always falls in either April or May.
It is fixed in the Islamic calendar as the 27th day of the month of Rajab.
This year the date of the celebration is Friday April 13.
How is Shab e-Miraj celebrated?
The traditions & customs of Shab e-Miraj vary from country to country and from denomination to denomination.
Some Muslims spend the day visiting the mosque or reading the story of Isra and Mi’raj at home.
Others choose to celebrate the occasion by decorating their houses with candles and electric lights and a family meal.
Elders Muslims may spend the day with their children and grandchildren to explain Mohammad’s life story to them.