Today’s events include:
Cartoonists Day – Cinco de Mayo – National Hoagie Day – Holocaust Remembrance Day – World Hand Hygiene Day – Ascension of Jesus – International Midwives Day – Leilat al-Meiraj – Kodomo no Hi – Hidirellez – Liberation Day in Netherlands – National Day of Reason – Oyster Day – Feast of St George – Martyr’s Day – Isra and mi’raj
Today’s Focus: Isra and Mi’raj
These are two parts of a night journey that according to tradition, the prophet of Islam, Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621.
It has been described as both a physical and spritual journey.
Muhammad travels on the steed Buraq to the farthest mosque where he leads other prophets in prayer. He then ascends to heaven in the Mi’raj journey where he speaks to Allah, who gives Muhummad instructions to take back to the faithful regarding the details of prayer.
Daily Trivia: Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies. He later went on to play Clark Kent / Superman and appear in the movie Batman vs Superman.