Islamic months

What is significance of Rabiul Awwal in Islamic months?

Islamic monthsRabiul Awwal is the third month of the Islamic calendar, which is also known as the lunar calendar. The Islamic calendar, like the solar or Gregorian calendar, consists of 12 months, out of which Rabiul Awwal is the third. The fact that Rabiul Awwal is one of the 12 Islamic months is enough reason why the month is extremely important to Muslims. However, there are a number of other reasons why Muslims hold the month of Rabiul Awwal extremely dear.

Rabiul Awwal is a month which brings to the table a number of celebrations which Muslims around the world practice. Rabiul Awwal is considered to be a month filled with Allah’s blessings. The name “Rabiul Awwal” literally means “the first month” or “the beginning of spring”, referring to the month’s position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar.

The significance of Rabiul Awwal in the Islamic months

Each and every Muslim knows that out of all the Islamic months¸ Rabiul Awwal is one of the most significant ones. Apart from Rabiul Awwal, the months of Muharram, Ramadan, Shawwal, and Zilhajj are also extremely important. There are a number of different reasons why each of these months is extremely important to Muslims.

The first and most important significance of the month of Rabiul Awwal among all of the other Islamic months is the fact that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born during the month of Rabiul Awwal. Sunni Muslims believe that the exact date of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s birth was the 12th of Rabiul Awwal, where Shi’a Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born on the dawn of the 17th of Rabiul Awwal.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is an extremely significant character for all Muslims. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the last prophet to have ever been sent down to Earth and is the role model for the entire Muslim Ummah. The Holy Quran (the religious book which is the very basis and foundation of the religion of Islam) was revealed upon the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Out of all the 12 Islamic months, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born in the month of Rabiul Awwal, automatically making the month extremely significant to all Muslims.

In addition, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) also died in the month of Rabiul Awwal. It is believed that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) died on the same day on which he was born, which is why Sunni Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) died on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal whereas Shi’a Muslims believe that he died on the 17th of Rabiul Awwal.

Muslims around the world celebrate the Mawlid (the event of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s birth) in many different ways and for different periods of time. In some countries, Muslims celebrate the Mawlid for the first 12 days of the month of Rabiul Awwal whereas in other countries, Muslims celebrate the Mawlid for the entire month of Rabiul Awwal. However, many Muslims do not celebrate the Mawlid with festivities and, instead, simply pray for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and practice his teachings.

What do you think is the significance of Rabiul Awwal in all of the other months which are a part of the Islamic calendar?

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