What is Shab-e-Mairaj
Isra and Mi’raj, also known as Al Isra’ wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Hazrat Mohammad (S.A.W.W) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.
Shab-e-Mairaj means the night of Ascent. It is the blessed night when the Holy Prophet of Islam was spiritually transported to heaven and he reached a high stage of nearness to God Almighty which is beyond ordinary human comprehension. The Ascent took place on 27th day or Rajab, 2 years before Hijra. On the way the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, met Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and some other Prophets. The purpose of the Ascent was to confirm the high status of the Prophet of Islam, a position which all Muslims believe, is impossible to attain by any other human being. It is related that even Gabriel, the Angel who was accompanying the Holy Prophet remarked at one stage, ‘I am forced to stop here. I cannot go any further, but you O Messenger of peace and friend of the Master of the worlds, continue your glorious ascent.’
It is also related that the Holy Prophet continued his journey until he reached very close to the Throne of God Almighty and attained the utmost nearness to Him. After having drunk fully at the Divine fountain of spiritual knowledge he came down to impart the knowledge to mankind.
It was on this journey, that five daily prayers were made obligatory upon Muslims.
Prayers (Nafl) for Shab-e-Mairaj
Peform 12 raka’at nafl salah, and then read these tasbeeh after nafl.
1) Subhanallahi wal humdu lillahi wa la elaha illal lahu walllahu akber (100 times)
2) DOROOD SHAREEF (100 times)
3) Astaghfirullaha rabbi min kulli zunbin wa atubu elaihi (100 times)
Then make DUA.