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The Sacred Month of Dhul Qa’dah

Dhul Qa’dah is the 11th month in the Islamic Hijri calendar, and fighting is forbidden during it to allow Muslims to go on Hajj without being attacked or hurt. Dhul Qa’dah means ‘the month of truce’ or ‘the month of sitting’ and is often used to prepare for the Hajj pilgrimage in Dhul Hijjah.

Dhul Qa’dah is one of the four sacred months in the Islamic Hijri calendar. The others are Muharram, Rajab and Dhul Hijjah.

When is Dhul Qa’dah 2023?

Dhul Qa’dah will begin on 21 May and end on 18 of June 2023. These dates may change with the sighting of the moon.

Important Events That Took Place During Dhul Qa’dah

In 5 AH of Dhul Qa’dah, the Battle of the Trench took place. 3,000 Muslims dug a trench to protect themselves and the city of Madina, then known as Yathrib, from the 10,000 Makkans. While the Muslims were severely outnumbered, Salman Al-Farsi's proposal of digging a trench left them victorious, with Allah’s (SWT) will.

The following year, in 6 AH, the Treaty of Hudaibiya was signed during Dhul Qa’dah. Written by Ali (R) and signed by the Prophet (PBUH), it ensured a 10-year period of peace in which Muslims were able to visit Makkah to complete pilgrimages.

Also, in Dhul Qa’dah, the first Umrah was performed by the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions, making this month even more special.

Giving Charity During the Month of Dhul Qa’dah

It is recommended to give charity regularly, and it is rewarded and virtuous at any time of the year, not only in the sacred months. Therefore, it should be given throughout the year. The Prophet, upon him, be peace, said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

You can donate to Muslim Aid this Dhul Qa’dah. During the month of Dhul Qa’dah, deeds are more highly rewarded, making this a good time to donate to Muslim Aid to help those in need.

The Prophet, upon him, be peace, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

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