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Shab e-Meraj, an event of immense spiritual significance, holds a cherished place in the hearts of Muslims across the globe. This miraculous night journey commemorates the celestial expedition undertaken by Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Jerusalem and his subsequent ascension through the heavens. According to Islamic tradition, this awe-inspiring event occurred on the 27th day of the month of Rajab in the Islamic lunar calendar.
In this article, Wego explores the essence and historical context of Shab e-Meraj, shedding light on its profound significance. Additionally, we will also discover when this special occasion will be celebrated in Pakistan.
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Shab e-Meraj history and significance
Shab-e-Meraj, also known as Al-Isra Wal-Miraj or the Night of Miraj, holds great historical and spiritual significance. It is considered one of the most miraculous experiences bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad by Allah himself.
The event began with the Angel Jibreel leading the Prophet to a white beast named Al Buraq, marking the beginning of their extraordinary journey towards Masjid Al-Aqsa. Along the way, the Prophet made significant stops, offering prayers to emphasize the importance of these places. These stops included Madinah, Mount Sinai, Bethlehem, and the grave of Moses.
Upon reaching the Masjid al-Aqsa, Prophet Muhammad performed his night prayer before ascending to the seven heavens. Accompanied by the archangel Jibreel soaring alongside, the ascension transported Prophet Muhammad beyond the seven heavens to reach the Throne of God, where he was permitted an audience with the Creator Himself.
The extraordinary journey undertaken by the Prophet on this momentous night has etched its place as a significant event in Islamic history, revered and celebrated by devout Muslims in Pakistan and across the globe. It stands as a powerful symbol of Allah’s divine might and underscores the paramount importance of unwavering faith and trust in Him.
Shab e-Meraj date and calendar in Pakistan
Shab e-Meraj 2024 will be celebrated in Pakistan on 7 February 2024. In accordance with Islamic tradition, this special event is observed on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab.
In Pakistan, Shab-e-Meraj is recognized as an optional holiday. The country’s employment and holiday laws permit employees to select a limited number of holidays from a list of optional choices. As a result, some employees may opt to take the day off to observe this occasion. However, it’s worth noting that most offices and businesses usually remain open on this day.
How Shab e-Meraj is celebrated in Pakistan
Shab e-Meraj in Pakistan holds profound significance as a night of devotion and spirituality for Muslims. On this occasion, people in Pakistan seize the opportunity to deepen their connection with their faith through prayers and recitation of the Holy Quran. They seek Allah’s guidance and spend time reflecting on the profound lessons derived from the remarkable journey of Prophet Muhammad.
As an embodiment of Prophet Muhammad’s compassion and care for others, many take this occasion to engage in charitable activities and offer assistance to the needy. It becomes a beautiful testament to the teachings of Islam regarding kindness and generosity.
Additionally, some individuals choose to observe a fast from dawn to dusk, embracing this sacred night as a time for self-discipline and spiritual purification. The observance of Shab e-Meraj serves as a momentous occasion for Muslims in Pakistan to renew their commitment to their faith and draw nearer to Allah through acts of piety and benevolence.