Shab-e-Miraj is celebrated with great religious fervor every year on 27th of Rajab. According to the Lunar Calendar, on 27th of Rajab, this sacred night is observed to recall the Isra (journey) and Miraj (Ascent) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the Heavenly visit. He (PBUH), riding on a heavenly animal, “Al-Buraq” was taken to the Throne of Allah Almighty on “Miraj” night by crossing seven skies.
In the same night, He (PBUH) visited Baitul-Muqaddas, the first Qibla of Muslims before Khana Ka’abah, and then ascent to the sky to attain the utmost nearness to Allah Almighty. On the same day, He (PBUH) was blessed with many gifts along with 5 Prayers a day from Allah Almighty. The Muslims call Shab-e-Miraj by different names such as Miraj-un-Nabi (PBUH) and Miraj Sharif, etc.
The Muslims offer Nawafil and special prayers on this sacred night. After Isha prayer, the people begin reciting Holy Quran, special prayers and Nawafil and this session lasts till Fajar prayer. The religious scholars deliver special sermons to highlight the importance of this night in the life of every Muslim.
The people decorate the houses, streets, and mosques with lights and buntings to show their zest and zeal. Besides, it is the custom in Pakistan to visit the graves of dear and near ones on this night to pray for the departed souls.