It’s the weekend, so I figured we’d keep it light.
The Islamic Calendar:
The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that consists of 12 months (354 or 355 days).
- Muharram (Beginning of a New Year)
- Rabi al-Awwal (Birth of Prophet Muhammad [PBUH])
- Rabi ath-Thani
- Jumada al-Awwal
- Jumada al-Akhirah
- Ramadan (mandatory fasting)
- Shawwal (Eid ul-Fitr)
- Dhul al-Qa’dah
- Dhul al-Hijjah (Hajj – pilgrimage to Mecca – occurs & Eid ul-Adha.)
(The English major in me wants to analyze and symbolize that Ramadan is the 9th month, nine being symbolic of birth and life.)
Reader Question: Why does Ramadan move around every year?
Ramadan doesn’t move around. It’s actually the same time on the Islamic calendar. Since the Gregorian calendar is not a lunar calendar and consists of 364/365 days, Ramadan is on a different date, during a different time of the year – on the GREGORIAN CALENDAR.