By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somalilanders yesterday gathered in their thousands to commemorate the Al Isra’ walMiraj, Lailat al Mi’raj, or Laylat al Miraj in most towns across the country today.
In Hargeisa a well-attended function to commemorate Al Isra’ walMiraj, Lailat al Mi’raj, or Laylat al Miraj event was held today at the hotel Mansoor the event was organized by local NGO JIMCIYATUL AXBAAB.
Many Muslims observe Isra and Mi’raj (Al Isra’ walMiraj, Lailat al Mi’raj, or Laylat al Miraj). This event commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) 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.
This event gives people the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is a time for people, particularly students, to learn more about Isra and Mi’raj, what it means in Islamic faith, and how it is applied in practice.
Isra and Mi’raj is a two-fold event that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven, according to Islamic belief. One night during the 10th year of Muhammad’s prophecy, the angel Gabriel woke him and traveled with him to Al Quds(Jerusalem). Muhammad prayed at the site of the Temple of Solomon with the prophets Ibraham, Musa, Isa Bin Mariam and others.
The Prophet Muhammad then rose to heaven (carried by Jabriel) from the rock of the temple mount, where many people believe that the Dome of the Rock sanctuary now stands. Allah instructed Muhammad about the five daily prayers that all Muslims must observe. This day is also known as the Night Journey.