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The mi'raj (المعراج al-mi'rāj) or miraj (المراج) is a legendary creature, which looks like a yellow hare with a single black horn on its forehead. All wild animals run away from it. According to al-Qazwini, it was given to Iskandar (Alexander the Great) by the inhabitants of Dragon Island (Jazīrat al-Tinnīn), when he killed a dragon plaguing them.[1]

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The word معراج mi'rāj literally means "ladder" in Arabic, but is usually translated as "ascension". In Islamic tradition it is a name of the event, when Prophet Muhammad journeyed to heaven and received instruction regarding prayer from God himself.

Samuel Bochart renders the name as mirag.

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  1. Ettinghausen, Richard. The Unicorn: Studies in Muslim Iconography. Freer Gallery of Art. Occasional Papers 1. p. 66.

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