Isra Mi’Raj Prophet Mohammed: Indonesia

Today across the archipelago of Indonesia is a Muslim holiday to commemorate the ‘Enlightenment Day’ of the Prophet Mohammed. Here is an explanation from Wikipedia about Isra Mi’Raj:

In the Islamic tradition, the Isra and Mi’raj are the two parts of a journey that Muhammad took in one night of the year 1 BH (621 CE). Isra is an Arabic word referring to what Muslims regard as Muhammad’s miraculous night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem — specifically, to the site of Masjid al-Aqsa. Mi’raj is an Arabic word referring to the second part of the journey, particularly the ascension of Muhammad from Masjid al-Aqsa to the heavens.

This celebrated event in Islam is considered to have taken place before the Hijra and after Muhamad’s visit to the people of Taif. It is considered by some to have happened just over a year before the Hijra, on the 27th of Rajab; but this date is not always recognized. In Shi’a Iran for example, Rajab 27 is the day of Muhammad’s first calling or Mab’as. However, in many parts of the Muslim world this date is celebrated as Lailat al Miraj.

Many Muslims consider it a physical journey but some Islamic scholars consider it a dream.