Eid al-Fitr – The festival of the Breaking of the Fast is held on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic year. It celebrates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and marks a period of spiritual and moral renewal for the Muslim community.
Eid-al-Adha – The great festival of sacrifice is held on the tenth day of Zul Hijjah (tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar). The occasion marks Abraham’s submission to the will of God and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael.
Milad ul-Nabi – The prophet Muhammad’s date of birth was the 12 Rabbi ’Awwal, which is the twelfth day of the third month in the Islamic calendar. Birthday (Milad) celebrations are held throughout the month.
Mi’raj – The Mi’raj celebrates the “Night Journey” or Ascension where Muhammad is taken by Gabriel from Makkah to Jerusalem and then on to Heaven. This festival is celebrated on the twenty-seventh of Rajab (the seventh month).
Islamic New Year – The celebration of the New Year takes place on the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.
The Shi’ah Observance of Muharram – The observance of Muharram takes place in the first ten days of the Muslim new year and is celebrated by Shi’ahs. The festival commemorates the martyrdom of Husain, the son of Ali, who was the grandson of Muhammad and was killed at the battle of Karbala in 680. Sunnis also commemorate the tenth of Muharram by fasting.
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