Tourists visit the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Archives

When is it?

Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijiri calendar.

This year, as far as the Gregorian calendar is concerned, the holiday should fall on Wednesday April 3.

The UAE Cabinet-approved list of national holidays for 2019, published last month, does not mention a public holiday to mark Isra'a Wal M'raj.

What does it translate to?

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj roughly translates as “Night Journey and Ascension”.

What does it mark?

Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj marks the night God took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name.

What is done on the day?

Muslims offer optional prayers throughout the night. In some parts of the world, candles are lit and special lights are shone to signify Mohammad’s (PBUH) journey.