ISLAMABAD: The Muslims every year on the night of 27th Rajab (Islamic calendar) observe Shab-e-Mairaj.
This year too, despite the gloom prevailing all over the world due to the deadly Coronavirus Pandemic, Shab-e-Mairaj will be celebrated tonight with religious zeal and zest.
The word Mairaj is derived from Arabic word Urooj, which means ‘height,’ or ‘ascension.’ The observation is a remembrance of the sacred night when Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) went on a journey to meet Allah Almighty.
Holy Prophet voyaged riding the heavenly creature Burraq, (crossing seven skies,) visited Jannah and met prophets. This is the very night when Holy Prophet led the prayers of all the prophets at Masjid-e-Aqsa. During Mairaj, the command for five daily prayers (Salat) was also given to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has advised people to avoid congregations and pray at home on the occasion of Shab-e-Mairaj. He also asked the nation to pray for Pakistan, Muslim ummah and all of humanity, especially for protection against coronavirus.
Defense Housing Authority has closed all the mosques today (Sunday 22nd of March, 2020) after Isha prayers, citing government’s order against public gatherings.
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