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How to Celebrate Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj

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Shadi
2014/05/20
As-salamu `alaykum. The occasion of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj is approaching. What is the best way Muslims can celebrate this occasion bearing in mind the current situation in the Muslim world?
Sano Koutoub Moustapha
Answer
Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Brother, first of all, we’d like to say that we are impressed by your question, which emanates from a thoughtful heart. May Allah Almighty help us all adhere to the principles of this true religion, Islam, and enable us to be among the dwellers of Paradise in the Hereafter, Ameen.

The great occasion of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj is coming this year while Muslims’ suffering—in many parts of the world—is increasing. Pain and violation of human rights are seen everywhere. However, “Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj” is a good chance to remember the suffering of all people everywhere. We should remember Al-Aqsa and its current crisis. At least we have to make du`aa’ to Allah for the spread of peace, justice and security.

Responding to your question, Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, professor of Fiqh and its Principles, International Islamic University, Malaysia, states:

Thank you very much. It is very unfortunate that this marvelous occasion is coming at the time when Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa is under this unjust occupation. Our beloved brothers and sisters in Palestine are living under oppression and are continually subjected to all kinds of humiliation and atrocities.

As Muslims, we shall take this opportunity to pray for our fellow Muslims around the globe who are suffering from atrocities. All Muslims should remember that the liberation of Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa isn't an obligation upon Palestinians alone but upon every single able-bodied Muslim. Each of us must do his or her best, at least through our prayers and supplications.
 
I hope to see Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj celebrated with the return of Al-Aqsa to the Muslims. It is my utmost wish to pray one day in Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa. Let us celebrate Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj of this year by contributing to the causes of oppressed Muslims in the world, especially in Palestine.
May Allah strengthen our faith and brotherhood so we will feel the pains and difficult times of our fellow Muslims.
Allah Almighty knopws best.

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