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Muslim Religious Holidays

Name of holiday Description Date
Al-Hijira Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and his followers from Mecca to Medina 31-January
Ashura Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram. Shi'ite Muslims regard it as a major festival marking the martydom of the Prophet's grandson, Hussein.. 9-February
Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad) Shia Muslims celebrate this 5 days later. Some Muslims do not approve of celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious innovation. 11-April
Lailat al Miraj The festival celebrates the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Jerusalem in a single night. From Jerusalem he ascended into heaven, where he met the earlier prophets, and eventually God. 22-August
Lailat-ul-Bara'h Lailat-ul-Bara'h (Night of Forgiveness) is the time when Muslims seek forgiveness for their sins. Muslims believe that on this night one's destiny is fixed for the year ahead. 9-September
Ramadan (start) Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. 24-September
Lailat al-Quadr - Night of Power (start) Lailat al Qadr, or The Night of Power marks the night in which the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Allah. 0-October
Eid-Ul-Fitr The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control. 24-October
Hajj (start) The annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims should complete at least once in their lifetime. 20-December
Eid-Ul-Adha Festival of Sacrifice marking the end of Hajj. This is a four day holiday 31 December

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