As the New Year in the Gregorian Calendar comes into the Year 2018, not only do we see the whole world celebrating the start of the New Year but also there will be a lot of New Year resolutions made. Some of these resolutions can range from eating healthy to being more organised, everyone has their own goals.
At Sahabiya, this year we want to focus on the Islamic Calendar and the significant dates which take place. The Islamic calendar (known as the Hijri calendar) is a purely lunar calendar. It contains 12 months that are based on the cycle of the moon. Because 12 synodic months are only 12 x 29.53= 354.36 days, the Islamic calendar is consistently shorter than a solar year, and therefore shifts approximately 11 days every year with respect to the Gregorian calendar.
We are currently in the Islamic Year 1439 AH (*After Hijrah) the Islamic New Year began on 21 September 2017 and will end on 10 September 2018. We feel it’s important to highlight the significant dates in the Islamic Calendar for you to jot down in your diaries:
- Laylat al-Miraj – April 13, 2018
- Shab-e-Barat – May 1, 2018
- Ramadan – May 16 to June 14, 2018
- Laylat al-Qadr – between June 3 and 13, 2018
- Chaand Raat – June 14 2018
- Eid al-Fitr – June 15, 2018
- Hajj – August 19 to 24, 2018
- Day of Arafah – August 20, 2018
- Eid al-Adha – August 21, 2018
- Islamic New Year – September 11, 2018 (1440 AH)
- Day of Ashura – September 20, 2018
- Milad-Un-Nabi – November 20 or 25, 2018
*After Hijrah (Hijrah means “migration” in Arabic. This refers to the migration that the Prophet Muhammad made from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 C.E., which marks the beginning of the Islamic Calendar).
Please note: All dates are subject to local moon sightings in your area please confirm with your local Masjid.