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Isra' and Mi'raj

By June 6, 2013

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Muslims around the world recognize today as Isra' and Mi'raj, or the anniversary of the Night Journey and Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad.

During a very difficult year in his life, Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad had a very comforting experience. One night, he made a trip to the city of Jerusalem (isra'), visited the location of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and from there was raised up into heaven (mi'raj). The next day, he told his followers of his journey and the things he saw. Muhammad and his followers perceived this as a miraculous journey, and it gave them strength and hope that God was with them despite recent setbacks.

Even at the time, there were those who laughed that such an experience was absurd. They claimed that Muhammad merely had a vivid dream, or a hallucination. However, the details of the account proved to many that the experience was real, a miracle from God. Today, Muslims do not universally acknowledge this day, but many spend time reading the Qur'an and pondering the lessons to be learned from the experience.

Photo: Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is a holy site for Muslims. (David Silverman / Getty Images)

Comments
July 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(1) Abdul Qadir Al-Seva says:

Al Aqsa wasnt made yet during the time of the Prophet (SAW)
http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP56403

July 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(2) Aicha says:

I want to comment that it’s a dangereous developemnt to say that the isra of the Prophet (pbuh) wasn’t to Al-aqsa but to Medina. Subhanallah, people are disturbing other peoples religion!!!

July 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(3) Quods says:

Beautiful photo,it is from an nice west eye. A big Thanks for the editor and the compositor. Maybe we will pray a day in el Aqsa El Mobarak. Amin

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