Muslim holidays 2023 is yet another essential calendar that gives detailed information about Muslim festivals and holidays that would come in the year 2023. Around 24.9% of the total population are followers of Islam religion which is also the second largest population globally. Again, the Islamic religion is divided into two groups, the Muslim-Sunni group, and the Muslim-Shia group. Of the two groups, 90% of them are Sunni Muslims while the remaining are Shias.
Muslim Holidays – Islamic Calendar 2023
Today, let’s make a list of all the Muslim holidays that would be celebrated in the year 2023.
|Islamic Calendar Event||Hijri Date||English Calendar Date|
|Start of Jumada al-Akhirah||13 Jumada al-Akhirah 1444 AH||06th January 2023|
|Start of Rajab (Sacred month)||1 Rajab 1444 AH||23rd January 2023|
|Isra’ Mi’raj||27 Rajab 1444 AH||18th February 2023|
|Start of Sha’ban||1 Sha’ban 1444 AH||21st February 2023|
|Nisfu Sha’ban||15 Sha’ban 1444 AH||07th March 2023|
|Start of Ramadan||1 Ramadan 1444 AH||23rd March 2023|
|Start of Fasting Ramadan||1 Ramadan 1444 AH||23rd March 2023|
|Nuzul-al Qur’an||17 Ramadan 1444 AH||08th April 2023|
|Laylat al-Qadr||27 Ramadan 1444 AH||18th April 2023|
|Start of Shawwal||1 Shawwal 1444 AH||21st April 2023|
|Eid ul-Fitr||1 Shawwal 1444 AH||21st April 2023|
|Start of Dhul-Qa’dah (Sacred month)||1 Dhul-Qa’dah 1444 AH||21st May 2023|
|Start of Dhul-Hijjah (Sacred month)||1 Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH||19th June 2023|
|Wuquf in ‘Arafa (Hajj)||9 Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH||27th June 2023|
|Eid ul-Adha||10 Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH||28th June 2023|
|Days of Tashriq||11, 12, 13 Dhul-Hijjah 1444 AH||29th June 2023|
|Start of Muharram||1 Muharram 1445 AH||19th July 2023|
|Islamic New Year||1 Muharram 1445 AH||19th July 2023|
|Fasting ‘Ashura||10 Muharram 1445 AH||28th July 2023|
|Start of Safar||1 Safar 1445 AH||18th August 2023|
|Start of Rabi’ al-Awwal||1 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1445 AH||17th September 2023|
|Mawlid (Birth) of the Prophet||12 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1445 AH||28th September 2023|
|Start of Rabi’ ath-Thani||1 Rabi’ ath-Thani 1445 AH||16th October 2023|
|Start of Jumada al-Ula||1 Jumada al-Ula 1445 AH||15th November 2023|
|Start of Jumada al-Akhirah||1 Jumada al-Akhirah 1445 AH||14th December 2023|
List of all the Muslim holidays for 2023.
The concept of the Islamic calendar was introduced by Hazrat Umar Bin Al Khattab who was the 2nd Caliph in 638 CE. The Islamic calendar is very essential for Muslims. It gives complete details about all the important dates and festivals celebrated by Muslims globally.
Here is the list of all the important Islamic dates.
According to the Islamic Calendar, Muharram or Al-Hijra would fall on 19th July 2023. This day starts at the sunset time of the previous day and is observed till the sunset of the next day.
Mawlid al-Nabi would be celebrated on 9th October 2023. This day falls on a different date every year as it is grounded on the Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar.
Ramadan is among the essential festivals celebrated by the Islam religion. The festival would be celebrated in the 9th Islamic month which would be on 23rd March in the year 2023. People fast on this day, and this is considered to be one of the most important pillars among the 5 pillars of Islam.
Eid al-Fitr would be celebrated on 22nd April 2023. It is considered to be the end of Ramadan. People who practice fast on Ramadan end it on this day. Eid al-Fitr is one of the important religious holidays that is celebrated by the Muslim community. According to the Islamic Calendar, this day marks the end of Ramadan month.
Also known as the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, Eid al-Adha would be celebrated on 29th June 2023. This is also one of the important holidays in the Islamic Calendar. This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. It is celebrated for 4 days.
Ashura would fall on 28th July 2023. It falls on the 10th day of Muharram. It also marks the pinnacle of the commemoration of Muharram. Ashura is celebrated as a national holiday in many countries including India.
Laylat al-Qadr would be celebrated on 18th April 2023. This festive is also termed as “Night of Power”. According to the Islamic calendar, this is the night when Prophet Muhammad first introduced the cantos of the Quran to the people when it was first brought down to the earth from heaven.
Apart from all these, some other essential dates as per the Islamic calendar 2023 include Lailat al-Miraj which would be celebrated on 18th February, Lailat al-Bara’ah which falls on 19th March, Waqf al Arafa-Hajj which falls on 28th June, and Hijra which would be celebrated on 19th July on this year. People celebrate all these dates by visiting the mosques and preparing sweets, especially, sewaiya at home.
Another important date according to the Islamic calendar is the Zil Hajj date. This date indicates the time period when the Muslims can plan their trip to their pilgrim Hajj. In 2023, Hajj would begin on 26th June and would end on 1st July 2023. Again, it should be marked that this is not a confirmed date for Hajj as the final date would be decided according to the sight of the Dhul Hijjah moon. During the Hajj pilgrim, various rituals are conducted and it takes 5 days to complete the pilgrim.
Islamic Calendar Days of the Week 2023:
According to the Islamic calendar, the days begin after sunset. On Friday, Muslims gather at the mosques. They offer namaz there and hence, this day is also called the “Gathering Day”. As per the Lunar Calendar, Friday is considered the starting of the week or day. Hence, many people also fast on Friday and Saturday in countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Some also fast on Thursday and Friday.
The first day is termed as al-Ahad which is Sunday. The second day is termed as al-Ithnayn which is Monday. The third day is termed as ath-Thulatha which is Tuesday. Wednesday is the fourth day which is termed as al-Arbi a. Thursday is termed as al-Khamis which is the fifth day of the week. The sixth day is termed as al-Jum ah which falls on Friday. The last day of the week is termed as al-Jum ah which is Saturday.
Henceforth, these were some essential dates of the Islamic calendar. Apart from this, there are still many dates that aren’t definite every year.
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