Rabi al-Awwal

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Islamic Calendar

Muharram

Safar

Rabi al-Awwal

Rabi al-Thani

Jumada al-Awwal

Jumada al-Thani

Rajab

Sha'ban

Ramadhan

Shawwal

Dhu al-Qi'ddah

Dhu al-Hijjah

Rabi al-Awwal (Arabic: ربيع الأوّل) is the third month in the Islamic calendar and means the first [month] or beginning of spring, referring to its position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar. The month is notable for the celebrations that take place in the Muslim world to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.

Milad

Main article: Milad al-Nabi

Though historians differ on the exact birth date of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it is commonly celebrated on the 12th Rabi al-Awwal by Sunnis and on the 17th by the Shi'as. The celebrations are termed as Milad al-Nabi and Muslims around the world celebrate it in their own cultural manner. Due to this 5 day gap between formal celebrations, Ayatullah Ruhullah Khomeini helped bridge it by designating the period of celebrations from 12th to the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal as the Islamic Unity Week.

Significant Dates

Some significant dates that fall during the month of Rabi al-Awwal are as follow:[1]

References

  1. Masar ash-Shia by Shaykh Mufid
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