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Islamic Festivals Calendar


Islamic Festivals 2018

Note: in the Islamic calendar, a holiday begins at sunset on the previous day.

13 April
Lailat Al Miraj
This commemorates the Prophet Mohammad’s ascension to heaven.

1 May
Lailat al Bara’ah
This can be translated as the night of salvation, the night of deliverance, the night of assignment, or the night of records. It is believed that one’s life in the coming year is decided on this night. Those who sincerely repent for their past sins are pardoned by God.

16 May
Ramadan starts
Ramadan also known as Ramzan, is a period of prayer, fasting, giving charities and self-accountability for Muslims. The first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad during Ramadan, making this an especially holy period.

11 June
Lailat al-Qadr
Also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny. It commemorates the night when Allah revealed the Koran (Islamic holy book) to the prophet Mohammad. The angel Gabriel first spoke to the prophet during that time, which marked the beginning of Mohammed’s mission. These revelations continued throughout his life, according to Islamic belief.

15 June
Eid-al-Fitr – End of Ramadan
Also known as Eid, it marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.

19 August – 24 August
Hajj
This is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.

21 August
Eid-al-Adha
It commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

1 September
Hijra
Islamic New Year. The current Islamic year is 1440 AH

20 September
Day of Ashura / Muharram
For Shia Muslims it commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala (modern-day Iraq) of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Ashura is a solemn day of mourning.

21 November
Milad un Nabi
This festival commemorates the Prophet Mohammad’s birth and celebrates his teachings.

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