It is in our nature to search for significance in the passing of each day, month, and year. But how many of us can truly say that we understand all of the commemorated dates of the Islamic Calendar? Can you list them off of the top of your head? Do you observe and / or celebrate them all with your family and friends?
Iqama Magazine is working to demystify the relevance, meaning, and significance of the Islamic Calendar.
Common questions you may ask yourself:
Which days should we be fasting? What is the relevance of the fasting? What are the names of the months of the Islamic calendar and how were they defined? What are the days of the weeks of the Islamic calendar? How does the lunar calendar compare to the Gregorian calendar? How is the length of the month defined? How was the Islamic New Year established? What does AH and BN mean? What were the names of the first 10 years of the Hijraa and why were they not numbered? What is Ashura? What is the Mawlid? What is the Isra ad Mi’raj? What is relevant about the month of Sha’ban? What significant things happened during Ramadan and why do we fast during this month? When is Laylat Al-Qadr? What is Arafa? What is the difference between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid-Aladha? What is Dhu Hajj?
If these questions puzzle you, check out the upcoming edition of our magazine and learn more about the Islamic calendar (then share what you’ve learned with your friends!)