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Islamic Calendar 2019: Hijri Calendar, Muslim Festivals

Islamic New Year has already begun on September 11, 2018. Though the official new year begins in January, but as per the Islamic Calendar, it begins on the first day of Muharram. It is also called Al-Hijra or Muslim calendar. It is a lunar calendar. Islamic society goes by the rules of waxing and waning moon to decide the days. This calendar assists you in managing priorities. Muslim festivals are dependent on visibility and phases of Moon. If it is Eid today or tomorrow is often a topic of debate. The situation gets clear only after the moon is seen. For having an idea of when Muslim festivals will fall this year, we, at MyKundali, have formulated a Hijri Calendar 1440-1441 AH depicting fasts and festivals of the Muslim community. We have kept the dates as per Gregorian calendar to simplify it for you. Have a look:

Hijri/Islamic/Arabic Calendar 2019

Holidays Hijri/Islamic Date Gregorian Date/Day
Islamic New Year 1 Muḥarram 1440 AH September 11, 2018 (Tuesday)
Ashura 10 Muḥarram 1440 AH September 20, 2018 (Thursday)
Arba'een 21 or 22 Ṣafar 1440 AH October 30, 2018 (Tuesday)
Eid-e-Shuja (Eid-e-Zahra) 9 Rabī‘ al-Awwal 1440 AH November 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Mawlid an-Nabī (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) 12 Rabī‘ al-Awwal 1440 AH (Sunni) 17 Rabī‘ al-Awwal 1440 AH (Shia) November 20, 2018 (Tuesday) (Sunni) November 25, 2018 (Sunday) (Shia)
Birthday of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib 13 Rajab 1440 AH March 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Laylat al-Mi'raj (Israk Mikraj) 27 Rajab 1440 AH April 3, 2019 (Wednesday)
Laylat al-Bara'at 15 Sha‘bān 1440 AH April 20, 2019 (Saturday)
Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdī 15 Sha‘bān 1440 AH April 20, 2019 (Saturday)
First day of Ramaḍān 1 Ramaḍān 1440 AH May 6, 2019 (Monday)
Laylat al-Qadr 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, or 29 Ramaḍān 1440 AH B/w May 24 (Friday) and June 3 (Monday)
Chaand Raat 29 Ramaḍān 1440 AH June 3, 2019 (Monday)
Eid al-Fitr 1 Shawwāl 1440 AH June 4, 2019 (Tuesday)
Hajj 8–13 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH August 9 (Friday) to August 14 (Wednesday)
Day of Arafah 9 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH August 10, 2019 (Saturday)
Eid al-Adha 10 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH August 11, 2019 (Sunday)
Eid al-Ghadeer 18 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH August 19, 2019 (Monday)
Eid al-Mubahalah 24 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH August 25, 2019 (Sunday)

Note: Lunar calendars depend upon the position of Moon. This changes regularly. In a Vedic lunar calendar, dates are calculated on the basis of the position of Moon while in Hijri calendar, it depends on the sighting of the Moon, which can’t be predicted accurately. The dates mentioned may vary depending upon the geographical location of the viewer. Kindly check with your regional time zone.

2019 will be 1441 AH (Anno Hegirae) in Islamic terms. This year will begin from September 11, 2018 till August 25, 2019. This calendar (having 12 months and 354-355 days) is consulted to identify the fasting periods as well as chalk out the appropriate time to travel to Mecca. Islam is known as one of the most ancient religions present in the world. They believe in one god- Allah. In Islam, Prophet Muhammad has preached the scriptures from the Holy Quran. Certain days are considered highly important in religious aspects. To show gratitude, remember ancestors or ask for forgiveness, fasts and festivals are observed. In 2019 too, such events and ceremonies will be observed as per Hijri Calendar 1440 AH - 1441 AH.

Manage Your Plans Better with Printable Calendar 2019

Background

According to Hijri Calendar, any new month begins with the visibility of a new moon (crescent moon or Hilal) after sunset. HIjra means the event of migration of Muslim Prophets from Mecca to Madina. It was the name chosen owing to its historic significance. In 638 CE, Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and the second Khalifah, Umar Ibn Al Khattab along with their companions decided the dates for Muslim calendar. 12 months were named which are:

  • 1st Month- Muharram
  • 2nd Month- Safar
  • 3rd Month- Rabi` Awwal
  • 4th Month- Rabi` Thani
  • 5th Month- Jumada Awwal
  • 6th Month- Jumada Thani
  • 7th Month-Rajab
  • 8th Month- Sha`ban
  • 9th Month- Ramadan
  • 10th Month- Shawwal
  • 11th Month- Dhul- Qi’dah
  • 12th Month- Dhul- Hijjah

Islamic Festivals 2019 Holding a fast, reciting prayers or celebrating festival is a part of every religion. The rituals vary according to culture and religion but what stays intact is the spirit of festivals. Islamic Calendar 2019 gives you a fair idea of a particular festival falling this year. These are the auspicious days celebrated with enthusiasm and zeal. Ramadan is a pious and holy month in which fast is observed. In 2019, from May 06, the month of Ramadan will begin. Till June 03, devotees will not eat or drink during the daytime and offer charity to the poor. After the fasts are over, Eid is celebrated. On June 04, people will celebrate Eid in 2019. It is a prominent festival and many people know about it. But it is not the only festival celebrated by Muslims. Other festivals like Ashura, Laylat al-Bara'at, Rabi Ul Awwal are celebrated with same joy, zeal and enthusiasm. Gulf countries particularly have a glamorous time during these festivals. Calendar 2019 for Islamic dates ensures you don’t miss out on anything. We hope this information will be useful to you and the year 2019 brings prosperity and good luck.

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