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INNOVATION ALERT - al-Israa wal-Mi'raaj

Concerning the Prophet Muhammad's (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) night journey (al-Israa.) from al-Masjid al-Haraam (Makkah) to al-Masjid al-Aqsaa (al-Quds (Jerusalem)) and then to the heavens (al-Mi'raaj) - the Imaam, the 'Allaamah Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) said:

"This date on which al-Israa. and al-Mi'raaj occurred has not been established in the authentic ahaadeeth, neither during the month of Rajab nor in any other month. All that has been mentioned concerning the date of occurence of al-Israa. and al-Mi'raaj is deemed among the scholars of hadeeth to be unauthentic. Indeed, Allaah has great Wisdom in causing the people to forget the date of its occurrence. However, even if its date was confirmed, it would nonetheless be impermissible for the Muslims to distinguish that night from other nights by doing anything from among the acts of worship. Neither it would be permissible for them to celebrate it, as the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his companions neither celebrated it nor did they distinguish it with any special acts of worship." [Majmoo' Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi'ah - Volume 1, Page 188; al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu - Page 588]

Please note, amongst the innovators, the date of 26 Rajab 1423 (Thursday 3 October 2002) has been allocated for the innovative practices pertaining to al-Israa. and al-Mi'raaj.

For more information please refer to the following article:

Celebrating the night of al-Israa. and al-Mi'raaj