Shab-e-Miraj-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) will be observed across the country tonight with religious fervor, great respect and devotion. Special prayers and Mahafil will be held in Mosques and other places to seek blessings of the Almighty.
Shab-e-Miraj, (night of forgiveness) is a glorious night, marking the Isra and Meraj of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) when he was taken from Makkah to Al-Haram-Al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount) and was then taken to heaven on the heavenly animal named ‘al-Buraq.’
The Muslims every year on the night of 27th of Rajab (Islamic calendar) observe Shab-e-Miraj in which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) went on a special journey to meet Allah Almighty, crossing seven skies on the heavenly animal named ‘Al-Buraq.’
The word Miraj of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is derived from Arabic word Urooj, which means ‘height,’ or ‘ascension.’ It is celebrated on Rajab 27th in the Islamic calendar.
During Miraj, the command for five daily prayers (Salat) was also given to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). On the way, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) met Hazrat Adam (AS), Hazrat Abraham (AS), Hazrat Moses (AS), Hazrat Jesus (AS) and some other Prophets. The purpose of the “Ascent” was to confirm the high status of the last Prophet (PBHU), a position which all Muslims believe, is impossible to attain by any other human being.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) continued his journey until he reached very close to the Throne of God Almighty and attained the utmost nearness to Him.
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