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    The Most Important Islamic Holidays

    In the Islamic calendar, the New Year has already started and with this comes a time of change and thought. The reason why we remember these milestones is because they have a cultural significance, whether that be a pillar of Islam or a sacred religious holiday. As such, it is important to understand the most important Islamic religious holidays, so you can plan for them in the coming year.

    Mawlid al-Nabi

    This is one of the first Islamic holidays to occur in the New Year. The exact date of this holiday is on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. The reason why this date is one of the most important Islamic holidays is because it signifies the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

    The word Mawlid translates to a birthday of a holy figure and the word al-Nabi simply translates to the prophet. On this day, Sunni Muslims around the world commemorate with recollections of Muhammad’s life and significance. For Shia Muslims, the day is on the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal, and for some Islamic sects such as Wahhabism, they do not celebrate this day.

    Quran  in Mawlid

    Eid al-Fitr

    When it comes to Islamic holidays, this is one of the two most important holidays to Muslims all around the world. Eid al-Fitr can be translated to mean ‘the festival of breaking of the fast’ and it occurs just after the holy month of Ramadan, meaning that the exact date of Eid al-Fitr is on the 1st of Shawwal.

    On this day, Muslims across the globe are not permitted to fast. They can dress up in their finest attire, invite over family and friends and then decorate the house with beautiful adornments such as lights and other decorations. This religious day is all about generosity, as Muslims are obligated to offer their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

    Dates arabian lantern and rosary. Islamic holidays concept

    Eid al-Adha

    This is the second of the two most important holidays to Muslims. Eid al-Adha is translated to ‘the festival of the sacrifice’ and it occurs at the end of the most sacred event in the Islamic calendar; the Hajj pilgrimage. The festival starts on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah and finishes on the 13th and it is applicable to Muslims all around the world, as opposed to being specifically for Muslims that are on their Hajj pilgrimage.

    The holiday signifies the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to Allah (SWT). Before he sacrificed his son, Allah sent his angel Jibril and replaced Ishmael with a sheep, where Ibrahim sacrificed it instead of his son. As such, on this religious holiday, Muslims around the world sacrifice a sheep to show their devotion to Allah.

    Pilgrims were standing to start praying in Makkah

    Muharram

    This holiday represents the Islamic New Year, which occurs on the 1st of Muharram. The New Year starts on this day, where the year is counted from the Hijra, also known as the Hegira, which is the year when Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD. Since it isn’t as important as the other holidays, Muharram is generally celebrated quietly, with households performing prayers and readings that are related to the Hijra.

    These holidays all provide a religious significance to all Muslims, which is why it is important for Muslims to take part in all of these. Out of them all, Eid al-Adha is considered to be the most sacred, as it is intertwined with the Hajj pilgrimage.

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