Archive for June 29th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Independence Day (06/29)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About America’s Independence

June 29 : 05 days to July 4th

Did you know that there are 31 cities in America with the word “eagle” — a national symbol of the United States — in their name, including Eagle Pass, Texas (population 26,401)?

Did you know that twelve places are named for Independence, including Independence, Missouri (population 109,400)?

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(June 29) Today we’re observing . . .  Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad – Islamic)*
Commemorating the Prophet Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven where he prayed together with Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.

“The rock in the center of the dome (The Dome of the Rock) is the spot from which, according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad ascended for a night-long journey to Heaven in AD 621, accompanied by the angel Gabriel. There he met many prophets like Abraham and Moses and was given the (now obligatory) Islamic prayers before returning to Earth…A Qur’anic verse says that Muhammad took an instantaneous night journey on Buraq from al-Masjid al-Haram (“the sacred mosque”, interpreted as being in Mecca) to al-Masjid al-Aqsa (“the farthest mosque”, interpreted as being in Jerusalem).”**

more info: Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad)

**Photo credit & quote source: Jerusalem – The Dome of the Rock at Night via flickr

*US date. Date may vary depending on where one lives in the world.

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