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9 Interesting Facts About the Hijri Calendar

9 Interesting Facts About the Hijri Calendar

A new rule-based variant of the Hijri calendar has come into the foray recently, which is called the Tabular Islamic calendar.
This calendar is worked on by arithmetic rules rather than by observation or astronomical calculation. It has a 30-year cycle…

New Year Without Alcoholism

“{They ask you concerning alcohol and gambling. Say: ‘In them is a great sin, and some benefits for men, but the sin is far greater than the benefit.’}” (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:219). It has always seemed ironic to me that the new year marks an increase in drinking as well as a mass rush to write …

Safar 1439

Where to Observe the New Safar 1439?

When will Safar 1439 take place? Safar is the second month in the Hijri Calendar. Normally, a Hijri day starts at sunset. Thus, observing the crescent of a new Hijri month occurs during the sunset. If the crescent sets before the sunset, this means there is no new month. If it sets after the sunset, this means the beginning …

The First Month of the Year - Why It's Called Muharram ?

The First Month of the Year - Why It's Called Muharram?

Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah …

Lunar Calendar

Scientific Pros of Lunar Calendar

When Al-Bara’ was asked, “Was the face of the Prophet (as bright) as a sword?” he answered, “No, but (as bright) as a moon” (Bukhari).


Happy New Year 6259, Egypt!

Every year on September 11th -or 12thin leap years only- Egypt witnesses the beginning of its “Egyptian Year,” the first invented calendar in the world. The story of the Egyptian calendar dates back to the year 4241 BC when Egyptians retired their old lunar calendar after discovering the discrepancy between it and the actual passage …


When Is Eid Al-Adha & Dhul-Hijjah 1438?

Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th and final month in the Hijri Calendar. It is a very sacred month for Muslims as Hajj pilgrimage and Al-Adha feast occur during it. Muslims perform hajj on the 8th, 9th and 10th of this month. Day of Arafah takes place on the 9th of the month. Eid Al-Adha, the “Festival …

When Will You Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr?

When Will You Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr?

The holy month of Ramadan is sadly nearing its end. According to astronomical calculations, Ramadan 1438 will only be 29 days long. Eid al-Fitr, or the ‘small feast’, is celebrated by Muslims on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Hijri calendar, which follows Ramadan. The Islamic Hijri calendar is a lunar …

When Will Ramadan 1438/2017 Start?

When Will Ramadan 1438/2017 Start?

{Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. …

Rajab 1438: When Will It Start?

Rajab is the 7th Hijri month of the lunar Hijri calendar. It’s regarded as one of the four sacred months in Islam in which warfare is prohibited. The month is very special for Muslims as it’s a prelude to Ramadan, the 9th Hijri month; “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for …

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