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About the Islamic Calendar

The Islamic calendar is lunar, like the Jewish calendar, with of 12 months of 29 or 30 days each, for a total of 354 days, but the Islamic calendar makes no corrections to align it with the solar calendar so each year the Islamic holidays occur earlier and do not always fall in the same season.

Months of the Islamic calendar

  • Muharram
  • Safr
  • Rabi' al-Awwal (or Rabi I)
  • Rabi' al-Thani (or Rabi II)
  • Jumada al-Ula (or Jumada I)
  • Jumada al-Thaniyya (or Jumada II)
  • Rajab
  • Sha'ban
  • Ramadan
  • Shawwal
  • Dhu al-Qa'dah
  • Dhu al-Hijjah

Islamic Holidays

Al Hijra: Islamic New Year’s Day - First day of the Islamic New Year celebrated on the first day of Muharram. Al Hijra is the day when Mohammed began his migration from Mecca to Medina in Islamic Year 1 (1 AH), 622 CE.

  • January 10th 2008
  • December 29, 2008
  • December 18, 2009
  • December 7, 2010
  • November 26, 2011

Ashura - Day of mourning, observed on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. It is a day of commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain a.s., the grandson of The Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

  • January 19, 2008

  • January 7, 2009

  • December 27, 2009

  • December 16, 2010

  • December 5, 2011

Milad an-Nabi - Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad

March 20, 2008

Ramadan - 9th month of the Islamic Calendar - holy month of fasting
Based on a lunar calendar and therefore varies every year.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast during daylight hours to celebrate the time when Allah revealed the first verses of the Qu'ran, the holy book of Islam.
It is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds, charity, spending time with loved ones. It teaches self-discipline, self-restraint, generosity and understanding of those less fortunate.

Begins:

  • September 2, 2008

  • August 22, 2009

  • August 11, 2010

  • August 1, 2011

Eid ul-Fitr - Marks the end of Ramadan. It starts the day after Ramadan ends. It's significance is to celebrate the achievement of enhanced piety. A day of forgiveness, fellowship and unity, a time of giving and sharing. 

  • October 2, 2008

  • Sept 20, 2009

  • Sept 10, 1010

  • Aug 30, 2011

  • Aug 19, 2012

  • Aug 8, 2013

  • July 29, 2014

  • July 19, 2015

Eid al-Adha - Religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide as a commemoration of Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son, as commanded by Allah. (Muslim tradition names Ishmael as the son who was to be sacrificed, whereas the Judeo-Christian tradition names Isaac.)

  • Dec 9, 2008

  • Nov 27, 2009

  • Nov 16, 2010

  • Nov 6, 2011

  • Oct 26, 2012

  • Oct 15, 2013

  • Oct 4, 2014

  • Sept 23, 2015

  • Sept 11, 2016

  • Sept 1, 2017

  • Aug 21, 2018

  • Aug 11, 2019

  • July 31, 2020

 

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