ISLAMABAD - Shab-e-Meraj, the night when Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to the highest levels of heavens, would be observed Sunday night across the country with religious devotion, serenity and traditional fervour.
The Muslims every year on the 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.’ The word Meraj of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is derived from Arabic word Urooj, which means height or ascension.
It is celebrated on Rajab 27 in the Islamic calendar. During Meraj, the command for five daily prayers (Salat) was also given to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The women devotees arrange special gatherings inside their homes for offering special prayers all the night whereas males offer 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 will highlight the importance of the day and its blessings. Different Islamic and socio-cultural organizations have also arranged special prayers and Mahafil in mosques and at other places Sunday night to seek blessings of the Almighty.