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.
|The Month of Jamada Al Awwal|| |
Meaning of Jumada Al-Awwal: The first month of summer.
Meaning of Shawwal: To lift or carry.
Meaning of Sha’ban: To branch.
|The Sacred Month of Dhul Hijjah|| |
Meaning of Dhul Hijjah: Inheritor to the pilgrimage.
|The Month of Ramadan|| |
Meaning of Ramadan: Scorching heat.
|The Sacred Month of Dhul Qa’dah|| |
Meaning of Dhul Qadah: Master of truce.
Meaning of Rajab: To respect.
|The Month of Jamada Al-Thani|| |
Meaning of Jumada Al-Thani: The second month of summer.
|Rabi Al-Awwal|| |
Meaning of Rabi’ Al-Awwal: First spring.
|Rabi Al-Thani|| |
Meaning of Rabi’ Al-Thani: Second spring
|The Month of Safar|| |
Meaning of Safar: Void.
|The Sacred Month of Muharram|| |
Meaning of Muharram: Inviolable.
Significant dates within the Islamic (Hijri) Calendar
|SIGNIFICANT DAY||GREGORIAN DATE||HIJRI DATE|
|Eid ul-Fitr||22 April||1 Shawwal|
|The Islamic New Year||31 July||1 Muḥarram|
|The Day of Ashura||09 August||10 Muḥarram|
|Ramadan for kids||08 March||15 Sha‘ban|
|Ramadan is here: It’s normal to feel nervous, so we’ve got your back||23 March||1 Ramadan|
|Dhul Hijjah Begins||20 June||1 Thu al-Hijjah|
|Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj (The Night Journey and Ascension)||18 February||27 Rajab|
|Laylatul Qadr||18 April||27 Ramadan|
|The 12th of Rabi Al-Awwal||08 October||12 Rabi‘ al-awwal|
|Eid Al-Adha||29 June||10 Thu al-Hijjah|
|The Day of Arafah||28 June||9 Thu al-Hijjah|
|Home Page Tab 3 Where we work||15 January||22 Jumada al-akhirah|
|Forget your New Year's resolution: Ramadan is around the corner||06 January||13 Jumada al-akhirah|
|Ramadan Postcard - test||01 March||8 Sha‘ban|
|Channel Your Greatness in Rajab the month of Allah||14 February||23 Rajab|
|How to get kids involved in Ramadan with fun decorations||07 March||14 Sha‘ban|
|Ramadan tips, duas, recipes and more||09 March||16 Sha‘ban|
|Could Muslim Aid’s Zakat guide be the best available? Here’s why we think it is||15 March||22 Sha‘ban|
|Giving Charity on Special Nights||20 March||27 Sha‘ban|
|Ramadan health advice: Let’s talk protein||28 March||6 Ramadan|
|Your Zakat saved hundreds of earthquake victims in Indonesia – here's how||31 March||9 Ramadan|
|LIVE TRANSMISSION||03 April||12 Ramadan|
|Palestine under attack: Here’s what you need to know||05 April||14 Ramadan|
|Sadaqah Jariyah||06 April||15 Ramadan|
|As Laylat Al-Qadr approaches, here’s how you can maximise your duas||07 April||16 Ramadan|
|Allah King of Kings | Series||11 April||20 Ramadan|
|Muslim Aid’s statement on My Ten Nights||12 April||21 Ramadan|
|Converse with Allah SWT||15 April||24 Ramadan|
|The passing of former Trustee Syed Mohammad Tanzeem Wasti (1938-2023)||01 May||9 Shawwal|
|You voted us as the most loved humanitarian charity in the UK – thank you||10 May||19 Shawwal|
|How Aaqil’s search to repay his mama beyond the grave quenched a sunken village in Pakistan||15 May||24 Shawwal|
* These dates are dependent on moon sightings
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