Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, also called “Isra and Miraj”, is a Muslim holiday commemorating the two-part journey Muslims believe Muhammad was taken on by Allah sometime around A.D. 620. The date of celebration will vary on the Gregorian Calendar, but it falls on 27 Rajab on the Islamic Calendar.
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Isra refers to a “night journey” and “Miraj” to an ascension. Muhammad left his sleeping quarters in Mecca one night, either bodily or just in spirit, and traveled to the “furthest mosque”. Some say that mosque was the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, others speculate various other locations.
From there, Muhammad is said to have ascended in heaven, where he received instructions on proper prayer, talked to Moses, Jesus and various prophets, and was shown both the heavenly realm and hell.
In Oman, as in many other Arab and Muslim lands, Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is kept by studying the relevant Koranic passages or hearing them read at home or in a mosque.