Shab-e-Miraj & its importance
Shab-e-Miraj was observed across the country on Wednesday night with traditional fervour, great respect and devotion. The Muslims every year on night of 26th of Rajab (Islamic calendar) observe Shab-e-Miraj in which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) went on a special journey to meet Allah Almighty, crossing seven skies on the heavenly animal named ‘al-Buraq.’ Shab-e-Miraj means the night of Ascent. It is the blessed night when the Holy Prophet of Islam was transported to heaven and he reached a high stage of nearness to God Almighty which is beyond ordinary human comprehension.
The Ascent took place on 27th day or Rajab, 2 years before Hijra. On his way to the Heavens, the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, met Hazrat Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus (May Allah be pleased with them all) and some other Prophets. The purpose of the Ascent was to confirm the high status of the Prophet of Islam, a position which all Muslims believe, is impossible to attain by any other human being. It is related that even Jibriel(A.S), the Archangel who was accompanying the Holy Prophet remarked at one stage, ‘I am forced to stop here. I cannot go any further, but you O Messenger of peace and friend of the Master of the worlds, continue your glorious ascent.’
It is also related that the Holy Prophet continued his journey until he reached very close to the Throne of Allah Almighty and attained the utmost nearness to Him. After hav- ing drunk fully at the Divine fountain of spiritual knowledge he came down to impart the knowledge to mankind. It was on this journey, that five daily prayers were made obligatory upon Muslims.
The women devotees offered prayers in special gatherings inside their homes during all the night, whereas males offered prayers in specially decorated mosques for seeking the blessings of Allah and pray for welfare of the entire nation and the Ummah. During the gatherings, various Islamic scholars highlighted the importance of the day and its blessings. Different Islamic and socio-cultural organizations had also arranged special prayers and Mahafil in mosques and at other places to seek blessings of the Almighty.
As it is a night of forgiveness, a glorious night. May Allah Almighty with reference to this blessed night forgive us and give us hadayat. Our beloved country progress by leaps and bounds, clean our country from corrupt dishonest leaders and save our country and masses from dishonest and evil anti-Pakistan forces. Ameen — Rawalpindi