Tuesday 2 January 2018

Happy New Year! The Gregorian and the Islamic calendar

A very happy 2018 to everyone! Many youngsters are not aware that in most countries of the world, we follow the Gregorian calendar. This includes many Islamic countries.

I thought it would be a timely reminder to these youngsters that Muslims also follow the Islamic calendar. While the Gregorian calendar was adopted in October 1582, the Islamic calendar is going on continuously from the beginning of Islam.

The Islamic months are:

Rabi' al-awwal (Rabi' I)
Rabi' al-thani (Rabi' II)
Jumada al-awwal (Jumada I)
Jumada al-thani (Jumada II)
Dhu al-Qi'dah
Dhu al-Hijjah

For example, the date today is 15 Rabi-Ul-Akhir 1439. Rabi-Ul-Akhir is also known as Rabi' al-thani (Rabi' II).

You can learn more about Islamic calendar here.

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