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By Naghmana Amed-Sherazi

What are the major holidays in Islam?

Muslims all over the world observe the following Hijri Holidays:

  • 1st of Muharram – the Islamic New Year. Aug. 31, 2019
  • 12th of Rabbiulawwal – the Prophet’s birthday Nov. 9, 2019
  • 1st of Shawwal – Eid-ul-Fitr ( One of the two major Muslim Holidays  – celebration after 29/30 days of fasting during Ramadan) June 4, 2019
  • 10th of Dhu’l-Hajj – Eid-ul-Adha (Second major Muslim Holiday – celebration concluding the Haj and commemorating Abraham’s sacrifice of his son) Aug. 11, 2019

In addition to the above, the following are observed as special religious events, and most Muslims make a special effort to congregate for special prayers on these days:

  • 27th of Rajab – Laylat-al-Mairaj (When Muhammad peace be upon him was taken on a winged horse to be given a tour of the seven heavens) April 3, 2019
  • 15th of Shaban – Laylat-al-Bara’at (similar to ‘all souls day’. Allah is Razzaq – or the provider; Muslims believe all that is destined for you in the coming year is written by The Provider, and all marriages, births and deaths are recorded for the year to come. It is a very spiritual day and special prayers are made asking for blessings, forgiveness form sins past, and for departed souls of friends and family. Most will fast the next day.) April 20, 2019
  • 10th of Muharram – Ashura Sept. 20, 2019
Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi
Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi
Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi moved to Spokane about four years ago with her son. Coming from a huge bustling metropolis like Houston with its varied and diverse micro-cultural communities, she said it was interesting to see people's reactions when they met her or her son. She said she has so far loved living in Spokane with its four seasons and unique landscape. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, she has had the good fortune of travelling since an early age and has had education on four different continents. She considers herself a global citizen.

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