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Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:18

Ashura

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Ashura is commemorated on the 10th day of the month of Muharram every year to remind Muslims of the sacrifices of the family of the Prophet.

It also makes Muslims aware of the

 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:42

Hijra - New Year

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This is the Muslim New Year, the beginning of the first lunar month and the first day of the New Year. 

Al-Hijira is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the month in which Mohammed emigrated from

 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:47

Eid al Adha - Sacrifice

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Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated by Muslims as a commemoration of God's forgiveness of Abraham from his vow to sacrifice his son. 

The festival occurs the day after

 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:37

Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day

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The faith of Islam has five pillars, and the Hajj is one of them. 

The other four are

 

Sunday, 12 January 2014 15:14

Eid al Fitr

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This is a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.   Eid al Fitr takes place on the day after Ramadan ends, and it is verified by

 

Sunday, 12 January 2014 14:54

Laylat al Kadr

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This day is also known as the Night of Destiny or Night of Power, and it is observed during the last ten

 

Sunday, 12 January 2014 13:30

Ramadan

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Today is the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in Islam.  This is the 9th month on the Islamic calendar. 

The month is spent on commemorating Muhammad's reception of the

 

Sunday, 12 January 2014 11:24

Lailat al Bara'ah

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Laylat al-Bara'ah, or "Night of Forgiveness", is observed by holding a vigil throughout the night.

Followers meet at the local mosque to

 

Sunday, 12 January 2014 09:02

Lailat al Miraj

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This day, one of the most important events in the history of Islam, commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily. 

The Prophet Muhammad was at the Kabaa in Mecca when he was

 

Saturday, 04 January 2014 18:32

Mawlid an Nabi

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Mawlid al-Nabi is the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, on the 12th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal in the Muslim calendar.  The day was first observed around the thirteenth century.  It used to be preceded by a month of celebration.  The activities on the actual day included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honouring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival is celebrated in many countries today. There are some conservative sects (e.g., the Wahhabiyah) that consider the celebration to be idolatrous.

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