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Muhammad’s night journey to paradise. [Islam: Leach, 731]
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As Muslims across the globe gear up to observe the Islamic festival of Isra Wal Mi'raj on Monday night, Isra and Mi'raj, the physical and spiritual journey undertaken by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), that is part of the event, was commemorated by the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai (DIACA) at the Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Mosque in the Zbel 1 area on Friday night, after the Maghrib prayer.
A circular issued in the name of Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Board Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, said public and private-sector institutions will have a paid holiday on Sunday instead of Monday to mark the Isra and Mi'raj.
Shaikh Tariq M, Imam of Al Rahman Mosque, said the Isra and Mi'raj are a two-part night journey described as both physical and spiritual: "Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) travelled on the steed Buraq from the holy mosque in Makkah to the holy mosque in Jerusalem, where he led other prophets in prayer.
UAE, Kuwait and Oman's bourses will be closed for trading today for a holiday marking Isra and Mi'raj.
The total number of official holidays for the private sector is 10 days a year, which are New Hijri Year, New Year, the Prophet's birthday, Isra and Mi'raj, National Day, three days for Eid Al Adha and two days for Eid Al Fitr.