June 17 is Muslim legal holiday — NCMF PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 June 2012 13:55

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Zamboanga Acting Regional Director Dennison M. Abidin has announced that June 17, 2012 is a Muslim legal holiday as prescribed for under

P.O. 1083 otherwise known as the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines. This is in celebration of LailatuI Izra Wal Miraj also known as the Journey and Ascension of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

For purposes of having accurate information disseminations.  Article 170 of the said Presidential Decree states that:

(1) “Muslim holidays shall be officially observed in the Province 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 Cotabato, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian and Zamboanga and in such other Muslim provinces and cities as may hereafter be created, and

(2) “Upon proclamation by the President of the Philippines, Muslim holidays may also be officially observed in other province and cities.”

(3) All Muslim government officials and employees in places other than those enumerated under Article 170 shall also be excused from reporting to office in order that they may be able to observe Muslim holidays.

(4) The President of the Philippines may, by proclamation, require private offices, agencies or establishments to excuse their Muslim employees from reporting for work during Muslim holidays without reduction in their usual compensation.

Izra Wal Miraj means the night of ascent. It is the blessed night when the Holy Prophet (PBUH) saw in his most radiant vision the physical as well as some spiritual signs of God. The Prophet (PBUH) was spiritually transported to heaven and he reached a light stage of nearness to God which is beyond ordinary human comprehension.

The ascent took place in the 27th day of the Month of Rajab, the 7th Month of the Islamic Calendar. It was on this nocturnal journey that the five daily prayers were made obligatory upon Muslims.

Some Muslims spend the evening listening to or studying the story of Izra and Miraj in a Mosque or at home. Devotees also spend the night in remembrance of God.

Izra wal Miraj reminds all Muslims of the importance of Islam, the value of daily prayers and the purposeful relationship among all Prophets of God.