Date of the Event: 11-03-2021

The Islamic Affairs celebrates the Israa and Miraj anniversary

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments celebrated the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH’s Israa and Miraj via videoconferencing in the presence of HE Dr Mohamed Matar Al-Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, HE Mohamed Saeed Al-Neyadi, Director-General of Awqaf, in addition to Awqaf’s officials and employees. On this auspicious occasion, Awqaf extended the sincerest congratulations to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Their Highness the Rulers of the Emirates, the UAE people and the entire world. The attendees invoked the Almighty Allah to bless all of us with this momentous anniversary years to come, confer upon our leadership and people with full health and well-being and bestow upon our country with prosperity and progress. The celebration was kicked off with a recitation of the verses from the Quran by one Emirati reciter followed by a speech delivered by HE Dr Omar Habtour Al-Direi, the Executive Director for the Islamic Affairs in which he emphasised the status of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to his Lord, and the greatness of this anniversary ‘the night of Israa and Miraj’. Dr Al-Direi said that nights have secrets and the night of Israa is great anniversary and an impressive miracle took place in this blessed month, which is Rajab where the Messenger of Allah was taken on a journey and then to heaven on the same night. He also said that this anniversary is an opportunity to recall the lessons and significance of this blessed journey, most important of which is the high status of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and he deserved such excellent hospitality and proximity to his Lord. He pointed out that even though our Prophet Muhammad suffered very terribly from hard moments in his lifetime, let alone the evil plots he went through, he managed to ascend the seven heavens and there he was granted a great pride by reaching such a place. The ceremony witnessed a host of speeches given by Awqaf’s preachers in which they urged the need for a deep contemplation and an insightful reading of the miracles of this journey as it is a catalyst for people to overcome the challenges and have a strong belief in Allah and hope for future. The preachers called on taking what is in hand to achieve happiness in this life and live in harmony and peace away from segregation, bigotry and hatred. Concluding the ceremony, a video was played on “Pearls of Miraj” casting the light of this journey, which is, in fact, the journey of hope.

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