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 Muslims celebrate ‘Isra wal Miraj’ery


Muslims celebrate ‘Isra wal Miraj’ery

Muslims will celebrate on Monday, "Isra wal Miraj," the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Allaihi Wassalam's "Night Journey and Ascension," which Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan has declared a non-working holiday in the region's five provinces and one city.


Referring to Isra wal Miraj, the Muslim Holy Qur'an said in Chapter 17 (Al-Israa', Verse 1: "Glory be to Him Who made His servant go in the night from the Sacred Mosque to the remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing."


Comprising the ARMM are the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the city of Marawi.


Ampatuan sent his warmest greetings to his ARMM constituents, saying the observance of the Prophet's nocturnal journey and ascension is an occasion that must be used to highlight his teachings on peace, moderation, tolerance, and harmony among Muslims and non-Muslims.


"Let us instill in our hearts and minds the Prophet's teachings which are based on the Holy Qur'an and use them to strengthen the quest for peace and economic prosperity," the regional governor said.

"The Prophet's Isra wal Miraj should inspire us to be more God-fearing, more tolerant with people of other faiths, and more determined to work for the attainment of peace in the ARMM and in the whole country," said Ampatuan.


In Metro Manila, Office on Muslim Affairs Executive Director Datu Ali B. Sangki issued a memorandum to all OMA officials and employees reminding them that Isra wal Miraj is a holiday for Muslims.

Sangki said all OMA officials and personnel around the country – OMA has regional offices in Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayas – are excused from reporting today to office.

"It is an occasion we celebrate every year with resolve to guide us on the meaning and significance of Isra wal Miraj to the aspirations of mankind, especially in our interfaith dialogue this coming December," said the OMA official.


"I appeal to our fellow Muslims to enjoin good and shun evil. Let us make a resolution from today to renew and strengthen our faith in Allah and His prophet and at the same time strive harder in the way of peace," added Sangki.


On the authority of the regional governor, ARMM Executive Secretary Oscar Sampulna issued a memorandum last week declaring Monday, July 20, a region-wide non-working holiday to give the ARMM populace enough time to observe Isra wal Miraj.


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