Another long weekend awaits employees in some parts of the Philippines.
The National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) announced that April 24, Monday, is “Lailatul Isra (Izra) Wal Mi Raj” and is declared Muslim legal holiday in the Philippines.
Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1083, otherwise known as Code of Muslim Personal Laws in the Philippines, “Izra Wal Mi’Raj” or Nocturnal Journey and Ascension of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. is a recognized Muslim legal holiday. This year, it falls on April 24, which corresponds to Rajab 27, 1438, Hijra.
Under Article 170, Muslim holidays shall be officially observed in the Provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, and in the cities of Corabato, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian, and Zamboanga, and in such other Muslim Provinces and cities as may hereafter created.
Isra and Mi’raj is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took the prophet (S.A.W.) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.