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    The Months of the Islamic Calendar: Part 2

    Every aspect of the Islamic calendar is incredibly important. We’ve all heard of the holy month of Ramadan, but did you know that there are many other months that are just as important. We’ve already looked at the first four months, so it’s not time for the next four months: Jumada al-ula, Jumada al-akhirah, Rajab and Sha’ban.

    Jumada al-ula

    Jumada al-ula is the fifth month of the Islamic calendar and it is significant to Muslims around the world because it is considered to be the start of the pre-Islamic summer. The word Jumada is an Arabic word that means ‘parched land’ and originally comes from the work Jumad, meaning ‘to freeze’.

    The reason for this is because when the Islamic calendar was introduced, during this month it was said to be very cold, there was no water and ice covered the land.

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    Jumada al-akhirah

    Jumada al-akhirah, also referred to as Jumada al-Thani, is the sixth month of the Islamic calendar and it follows on from the previous month, translating to ‘the last of the parched land’; the time in Islamic history where the frozen land would thaw.

    There are a couple of significant Islamic events that occur during this month. One of the most notable events is 20th of Jumada al-Thani marks the birth of Muhammad’s (PBUH) youngest daughter and wife of Ali ibn Abi Talib, Fatimah.

     Unfortunately, the 3rd of Jumada al-Thani marks the death of Fatimah.

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    Rajab

    Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar and literally means ‘respect’ or ‘honour’. The reason for this is because it is the second sacred month of the Islamic calendar, meaning that fighting is forbidden.

    Another reason why this month is sacred within the Islamic calendar is because it is believed that Muhammad’s son, Ali ibn Abi Talib, was born inside the Kaaba during the month of Rajab.

     photo Iran Persepolis Naqsh-e Rajab

    Sha’ban

    Sha’ban is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar and the penultimate month before one of the most sacred months for Muslims all around the world; the month of Ramadan. Sha’ban translates to ‘separation’ or ‘scattered’, and it marks the time of year where Arab tribes used to disperse to try and find some water.

    There are some scholars that believe that Sha’ban is also related to a verb meaning ‘to be in between two things’, which relates to the fact that Sha’ban is in the middle of two sacred months within the Islamic calendar; Rajab and Ramadan.

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    Every month in the Islamic calendar is particularly important for all Muslims around the world. The most sacred months include Ramadan and Dhu al-Hijjah; the month of the Hajj pilgrimage. However, you can perform a sacred pilgrimage during any time of the year – this is the Umrah pilgrimage. At yourtravelshop.com, we are able to provide excellent Umrah packages if you are wanting to go on a sacred journey.

    If you would like to know more information, then please get in touch today and we will be more than happy to help.

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