Upcoming Iraq Holidays
El Isrâ Wal Mi'raj
27 Rajab = 24-April-2017
Laylatulbarâa 15 Sha'ban = 12-May-2017
Ramadan 1st Ramadan = 27-May-2017
The Isra and Mi'raj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج, al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘rāj) are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islam, Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. It has been described as both a physical and spiritual journey. A brief sketch of the story is in surah al-Isra of the Quran and other details come from the hadith collections of the reports of the teachings, deeds and sayings of Muhammad. In the Isra part of the journey, Muhammad travels on the steed Buraq to "the farthest mosque" (identified in later Islamic tradition as a physical worldly location being at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem) where he leads other prophets in prayer. He then ascends to heaven in the Mi'raj journey where he speaks to God, who tells Muhammad what salah is. This remembrance of this journey is one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar.
In Twelver Iran for example, Rajab 27 is the day of Muhammad's first calling or Mab'as. The al-Aqsa Mosque (also known as the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem) and surrounding area, marks the place from which Muhammad is believed to have ascended to heaven, is the third-holiest place on earth for Muslims.
Laylat al-Bara'ah (Shab-i-Barat, Fifteenth of Shaban, Night of Forgiveness, Night of Deliverance, Night of Record, Night of Destiny, Night of Fate, Birthday of the Twelfth Imam)