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The Most Important Muslim Holidays

When talking about the most important Muslim Holidays, in Islam there are only two major ones – both which are associated with Islamic worship. The first is Eid-ul-Fitr and is celebrated on the end of the Ramadan. The other Muslim holiday is Eid al-Adha which is about the pilgrimage to Mecca and is connected with the sacrifices (animals slaughtered, mainly lambs and calves) made around the world, a sign of thanksgiving to Allah and beneficence to those in need.

The celebration in Islam, like any other Muslim holidays, is an indication of faithful obedience to Allah’s command. Fasting demonstrates spiritual obedience and often has a deeply symbolic character; a good Muslim has strong self-discipline and is ready to give up food for the sake of spiritual purification.

In all Muslim holidays however, there is the human aspect. The element of benevolence and offer is very prominent in Islamic tradition and is reflected in alms paid by the faithful for every family member to those in need.

There are, however, less widespread Muslim holidays that are usually associated to the main ones, but it’s definitely worth mentioning in order to remind ourselves of their essence:

The Muslim Holidays that every brother and sister must know:

  • Ramadan: Each year, Muslims devote one month to fast and test their faith. Fasting lasts from sunrise to sunset.
  • Laylat al-Qadr: Towards the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the “Night of Destiny,” which is believed to be the time when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
  • Eid al-Fitr:  is when all Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan.
  • Hajj: One of the most important Muslim holidays. It is the manifestation of Islamic worship, when Muslims from all around the world gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
  • Eid al-Adha is celebrated when Hajj is over. 

Apart from the two major Muslim holidays (Ramadan and Hajj) there are no other official celebrations. However, there are other events in Muslim history acknowledged as ‘holidays’ by many believers:

These are:

 Some Muslims celebrate these but there are not celebrated the same way as Ramadan or Hajj.

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