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Many Muslims in the United Kingdom observe Isra and Mi'raj (Al Isra' wal Miraj, Lailat al Mi’raj, or Laylat al Miraj). This event commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven. It is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.
Many Muslims believe that the 27th day of Rajab has special features and is distinguished amongst all of the nights of the month of Rajab. Therefore, many people treat it as a festive occasion. Customs and traditions may vary among Muslims in the United Kingdom. Many people of Islamic faith choose to pray in the evening. Some mosques and Islamic centers hold prayer services or sermons on this day. Many Muslims also observe Isra and Mi’raj quietly at home. Some Muslims celebrate the event over two days.
This observance gives Muslims in the United Kingdom the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is a time for people, particularly children, young people and students, to learn more about Isra and Mi'raj, what it means in Islamic faith, and how it is applied in practice. Some people learn about Isra and Mi’raj by listening to scholars on audiotape while others read material obtained from bookstores, libraries and other resource centers.