Celebrating Israa’ and Mi‘raaj is not Islaamically permissible

Question 23: From Muhammad ibn Ibraheem to his Highness the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, may Allaah preserve you!

As-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaah wabarakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

With reference to your letter no. 9/3/2/2939 dated on 11/8/1388 A.H. attached with the card from the Islamic Union in the West which reads:This is an invitation to all Muslims in Rome to attend the headquarters of the Islamic Union in the West at 7.15 PM. on the evening of Saturday 19/10/1968 on the occasion of the honorable anniversary of Isra’ (Night Journey) and Mi‘raaj (Ascension to Heaven) on the 27th night of Rajab of the eleventh year of the Message of Islam, where the trustworthy Angel Jibreel (Gabriel), who is entrusted with delivering the Revelations, came to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and ascended with Al-Mustafa (the chosen one, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) in body and soul to Al-Aqsa Mosque i.e. the injured Al-Quds (Jerusalem). The master of the Prophets (Muhammad, peace be upon him) offered Salaah (Prayer) there and then was taken up to the heaven to be shown the Greatest Signs of his Lord.

The Islamic Union in the West invites every Muslim to perform 12 Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) at their home and then come to the headquarters of the Union to contribute in reciting the supplication specific to this anniversary: “Subhan Allaah (Glory be to Allaah), I seek Allaah’s forgiveness, O Allaah, send Your Mercy on…,” repeating it after Shaykh Bakir, the Imaam of the Islaamic Union in the West. The ceremony will end with a brief recitation of Qur’aanic Aayahs. You request our opinion on this matter.

Answer: This is not permissible based on evidence from the Book, the Sunnah, Istis-hab (presumption of continuity) and reason. In the Qur’an, Allah (Glorified be He) says… read more here.

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