Isra and Mi’raj 2017: When Is Isra and Mi’raj? Dates & Details 🗓

What day is Isra and Mi’raj on? Isra and Mi’raj 2017 is observed on a Monday in April. In 2016, it was on a Thursday and Isra and Mi’raj in 2018 is on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Countdown to Isra and Mi’raj 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Many Muslims in the United States observe Isra and Mi’raj ( Al Isra’ wal Miraj , Lailat al Mi’raj , or Laylat al Miraj ). This event commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven. It is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar.

When is Isra and Mi’raj 2017? This year Isra and Mi’raj is on Monday, April 24, 2017.


Isra and Mi’raj (Isra Me’raj, Israa and Mi’raaj, Laylat Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj, Lailat al Miraj, Night Journey and Ascension to Heaven) marks the night when the Prophet Mohammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, ascended to heaven and returned.

Below you will find all the details for Isra and Mi’raj 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Isra and Mi’raj a federal holiday?

No, Isra and Mi’raj is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Isra and Mi’raj a national holiday?

Isra and Mi’raj is not a federal public holiday in the United States. There may be some local congestion on roads around major mosques in the evening of the event. Isra and Mi’raj is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Isra and Mi’raj a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).

Does the mail run on Isra and Mi’raj?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Isra and Mi’raj. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Isra and Mi’raj?

Isra and Mi’raj is a Muslim holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Isra and Mi’raj?

On Isra and Mi’raj, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Isra and Mi’raj 2017

Holiday: Isra and Mi’raj
Date: April 24, 2017
Weekday: Monday
Holiday Type: Muslim
Isra and Mi’raj 2018: Friday, April 13, 2018
Isra and Mi’raj 2019: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Isra and Mi’raj 2020: Sunday, March 22, 2020

History & Origin

Isra and Mi’raj is a two-fold event that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven, according to Islamic belief. One night during the 10th year of Muhammad’s prophecy, the angel Gabriel woke him and traveled with him to Jerusalem. Muhammad prayed at the site of the Temple of Solomon with the prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others.

The Prophet Muhammad then rose to heaven (carried by Gabriel) from the rock of the temple mount, where many people believe that the Dome of the Rock sanctuary now stands. Allah instructed Muhammad about the five daily prayers that all Muslims must observe. This day is also known as the Night Journey.

How To Celebrate Isra and Mi’raj

Customs and traditions that center on Isra and Mi’raj vary in the United States. Many Muslims make special prayers in the evening. Some people attend prayer services and sermons at Islamic centers or mosques while others observe Isra and Mi’raj quietly at home. Some Muslims celebrate the event over two days.

Conferences about Isra and Mi’raj were held in some parts of the United States in recent times. It has also been reported (in various media) that thousands Muslims in California, Wisconsin and other states celebrate this observance each year. This event gives people the chance to reflect on the importance of prayer. It is a time for people, particularly students, to learn more about Isra and Mi’raj, what it means in Islamic faith, and how it is applied in practice.

How To Say Isra and Mi’raj in:

Spanish: Miraj
Norwegian: Isra und Miradsch

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