The Islamic calendar, or Hijri, is based on 12 lunar months. This Islamic calendar page for 2023, has key dates that all Muslims should know about.
The month of Jumada Al-Awwal is otherwise known as Jumada Al-Ula, and the name derives from an Arabic term meaning dry parched land. This dryness indicates the beginning of Summer.
The month of Shawwal is otherwise known as the Month of Reward and is renowned for Shawwal fasting, in which Muslims reflect on and continue with the teachings of Ramadan.
The month of Sha’ban is often regarded as the Neglected Month; however, since this is the month that precedes Ramadan, Sha’ban fasting is incredibly common.
The month of Dhul Hijjah is the holiest of all in the Islamic calendar, as this is when the Hajj pilgrimage takes place. The start of Dhul Hijjah brings many benefits, especially for those who partake in Dhul Hijjah fasting and refrain from cutting nai
The month of Ramadan is one of the most well-known Islamic months across the globe, due to Muslims partaking in a month-long fast during this time.
The month of Dhul Qadah is another sacred month in which the initiation of fighting is prohibited, whilst both sins and good deeds are considered more significant.
The month of Rajab is a sacred one, in which Muslims will make Du’a for Rajab via fasting and other methods. Fighting is prohibited during this month, and the effects of good deeds or sins are amplified.
The month of Jumada Al-Awwal may also be called Jumada Al-Akhirah and, like Jumada Al-Awwal, the name derives from the Arabic word for land devoid of rain.
The month of Rabi’ Al-Awwal is also described as the Birth of the Beloved, as this marks the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in addition to his death.
The month of Rabi’ Al-Thani is also sometimes called Jumada Al-Akhirah, and it’s recommended to recite the Holy Qur’an daily in this month, as it is every other month.
The month of Safar is known as the Month of Distinction and got its name due to many homes being vacant during this month. Allah (SWT) instructed Muslims to travel to Medina to avoid the ongoing battles in the month.
The month of Muharram is synonymous with the month of Allah (SWT). Muslims across the globe partake in the 10th Muharram fasting in order to honour the Day of Ashura.