With the new Islamic year just around the corner, Muharram is only a few days away another year of Islamic Festivals will be coming up.
Update: All Islamic Festivals 2015 dates.
We’ll want to organise our calendar by adding all the Islamic Festivals for 2014 so that we can book our holidays at work etc. Or it might just be that we want to get ourselves organised so that we can start planning for all the festivals and celebrations.
The festivals in Islam are unique as is Islam as a religion. In Islam festivals are always about glorifying our creator, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Islam allows you to have fun, a lot of fun actually. Just not the type of Haram fun that is out there.
Our creator knows us best and he gave us these qualities, human beings love to have fun. It would be absurd to think that the creator who has created human beings with all these needs but hasn’t shown them a way to satisfy it. That would certainly be a flaw in Islam!
This is one of the ways Islam defers from other religions, Islam is a comprehensive religion which has answers for everything any human could ever think of. If the answer isn’t obvious or known there are a number methods within Islam that shows you how to deduce such answers.
Of course, how to celebrate Islamic festivals isn’t a philosophical question neither is it an answer that is yet to be discovered. Islam defined how to be happy and live a tranquil life. Generally if you stay away from Haram such as alcohol, promiscuity, gambling etc then you have achieved a lot.
The Halal that Allah (swt) has allowed us to enjoy are too many to include and if we’re honest we could never get bored with having fun in a Halal way, a way that Islam has allowed us to, in our festivals and celebrations.
It feels good to know that Allah is pleased with us! I feel good praising Him and enjoy being nice to my mother, my family and anyone else muslim or non-muslim.
Islam makes it mandatory for us to be good citizens and it also tells us how to be good citizens of any state. Islam has defined what is good and what is bad, we should always make that as our criteria first.
Islamic festivals and celebrations of 2014
There are 9 Islamic festivals and celebrations in total in 2014 for the year 1435 AH. You can download a handy poster with all the dates at the end.
Mawlid (Milad un Nabi) falls on Monday 13th January 2014. The birthday of the Prophet (pbuh), this is the Sunni date, the Shia Muslims celebrate it 5 days later. A lot of muslims don’t celebrate Mawlid and consider it as Bid’ah (innovation in Islam).
Al-Isra wal Miraj (The night ascension). The night journey is on the 27th of May 2014 also the 27th of Rajab 1435. This is when the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was taken from Makkah to Jerusalem where he led all the Prophets in Prayer before being taken to the heavens by the Angel Jibrail (as).
Laylat ul-Baraat (Night of Records) will be on the 13th of June (15th Shaaban 1435). This is also a hugely contested celebration is Islam with some declaring it as innovation in Islamic worship.
Ramadan starts on Sunday the 29th June 2014. The holy month of Ramadan when all muslims around the world fast for 29/30 days. Please note that this is dependant upon sighting the moon
Islamic Festivals in July 2014
Eid al-fitr will follow the month of Ramadan and will be on the 1st of Shawwal. Which translates to Tuesday 29th July 2014 again this will be dependant upon the sighting of the moon.
Laylat ul-Qadr (Night of Power). The start of the revelations of the Quran was in Ramadan and it was one of the odd nights of the last ten days. In 2014 the night of power will be between the 18th July and 28th July.
Eid al-Adha is about 70 days after the end of Ramadan and falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, which is the 5th of October 2014. Also dependant upon sighting of the moon.
Al-Hijrah (Islamic New Year). Muharram is the first month of the Islamic Calendar and will be on the 26th October 2014. This marks the birth of the Islamic State and the expansion of Islam politically.
Ashura, this is the tenth day of Muharram. It is recommended to fast a couple of days around the 10th of Muharram. In 2014 the day of Ashura will be on the 4th of November.
And finally all the Islamic festivals and celebrations dates of 2014 to download and print. Download Here.