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RABI' AL-AWWAL 1442

The literal meaning of Rabi’ al-Awwal is ‘the first spring’, and it is the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Rabi’al-Awwal will begin in autumn this year.

Why is Rabi’ al-Awwal important to Muslims?

Muslims consider Rabi’ al-Awwal to be significant because the following events took place during this month:

  1. The birth of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

  2. The Hijrah of the Prophet, when he emigrated from Mecca to Madina. The Islamic calendar is dated from this event.

 

The Prophet was born in Mecca on a Monday in Rabi’ al-Awwal, though narrations differ on the exact date. Many narrations say the 12th, but others have mentioned different dates between the 8th and the 17th. Nevertheless, the Messenger was definitely born on a Monday during this month.

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