Muslim Holidays 2017

DAY DATE HOLIDAY
Tuesday April 25, 2017 Lailat al Miraj
Saturday May 13, 2017 Lailat al Bara’ah
Sunday May 28, 2017 Ramadan (start)
Thursday June 22, 2017 Laylat al Kadr
Tuesday June 27, 2017 Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Thursday August 31, 2017 Waqf al Arafa – Hajj
Monday September 04, 2017 Eid-al-Adha
Friday September 22, 2017 Hijra – Islamic New Year
Sunday October 01, 2017 Day of Ashura / Muharram
Friday December 01, 2017 Milad un Nabi

 

 

Muslim Holidays

 

April 25, 2017

Lailat Al Miraj

This is a muslim holiday that is celebrated on the 27th day of the 7th islamic month, Rajab according to the Islamic calendar. This night has its importance because of Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to the farthest mosque in Jerusalem, Al Aqsa mosque from where he ascended to heaven. This whole journey was a single night journey.

 

May 13, 2017

Lailat Al Bara’ah

Celebrated on the 15th night of the eighth Islamic month Shaban, this is known as the night of salvation. Muslims believe that this is the time when Allah writes their destiny for the coming year. Therefore, they ask for forgiveness for all the sins they committed in the past.

 

May 28, 2017

Ramadan(Start)

One of the five pillars of Islam is Fasting during the ninth month of Islamic calendar, Ramadan. From sunrise to sunset, they are not allowed to eat or drink anything. This is done to detach oneself from the earthly pleasures and concentrate more on prayers, charity and helping the ones in need.

 

June 22, 2017

Laylat Al Kadr

This night is the night when Muhammad received the first revelation of Quranic verses. Though Sunni and Shia believe in different days when this event took place, but mostly it is celebrated on the 27th day of the Ramadan month. According to Muslims, this is the holiest day of the year.

 

June 27, 2017

Eid Al Fitr

This festival is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month Shawwal, the 10th month of the Hijri calendar. This is celebrated by breaking the fast of Ramadan and giving presents to their loved ones and neighbours.

 

August 31,2017

Waqf-Al-Arafa – Hajj

This is celebrated on the ninth day of the Dhu-al-Hijjah month of the Islamic calendar. In this month, the Hajj is conducted and this day marks the second day of the Hajj. On this day, the muslims visit the mount Arafah and perform prayers and other rituals.

 

September 4, 2017

Eid-Al-Adha

This is the festival of sacrifice when people who go for Hajj sacrifice an animal. The festival lasts for three days(the last three days of the Hajj). This is celebrated in the memory of Ibrahim and his son Ismail. Ibrahim was ordered by Allah to sacrifice his son Ismail, though he was later stopped by an angel as Allah had already accepted the sacrifice.

 

September 22, 2017

Hijra – Islamic New Year

Hijra is the festival that marks the starting of a new year in Islam. This is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

 

October 1, 2017

Day of Ashura / Muharram

This is not a festival, but more of a sad event when muslims mourn and remember the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. This occurs on the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic year, Muharram.

 

December 1, 2017

Milad-un-Nabi

This is a very holy festival for muslims as it is the celebration of prophet Muhammad’s birthday. This is celebrated in the third month of Islamic calendar, Rabi-al-Awwal.

 

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