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12 Rabi ul Awal 2017

12 Rabi ul Awal 2017

12th Rabi ul Awal 2017 will tentatively be observed on Thursday, 30th of November 2017.

The Islamic calendar is based on the moon. Also known as the Hijri Calendar, it started after the Hijrah of the Prophet (PBUH) to Madina. The beginning of each month is contingent on the visibility of the moon at the end of the previous month. Once the moon is sighted, the new month commences. Each month starts with a new lunar cycle. Hence, the Muslim Calendar gives only a tentative overview of the upcoming Islamic dates as the start of each month is subject to the sighting of the moon. Rabi ul Awal is the 3rd month in the Islamic Calendar.

In Arabic, the word “rabbi” means spring  while “al awwal” means the first. Hence Rabbi ul Awwal as a whole translates into The First Spring. Since Rabbi al Awwal is a month in the lunar calendar, it can come in any season. Therefore the name, Rabi al Awal has symbolic significance as it symbolizes not the actual season of spring but the advent of happiness (spring) after the dismal winter or more specifically sadness.

Rabi ul Awwal is named as such because before the Prophet (PBUH) was born, people were living in a state of ignorance and darkness. They worshipped different deities. They were deviating from the path of Allah (SWT). As the Prophet (PBUH) was born, he brought with him the Message of Truth, the Message of Allah, His Oneness. This message led the people towards the path of enlightenment, helping them distinguish between right and wrong.

The Prophet (PBUH) is the epitome of perfection. He is the role model chosen for us by Allah (SWT) and we are to follow his Sunnah to lead an ideal lifestyle which is not only something that has been defined to us by religion but is in fact beneficial for all mankind if we were to follow it.

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Quran 33:21)

The month of Rabi al Awwal holds special significance in Islam as Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was also born in this month, although there is no consensus on the actual date. Muslims often celebrate it on the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal, often terming the day as Eid Milad un Nabi. Mawlid or the Birth of the Prophet (PBUH) is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm by Muslims all over the world. A lot of Muslims hold Milad throughout the month in remembrance of the Prophet (PBUH).

If you wish to see the dates of Rabi ul Awwal 2017 or any other upcoming Islamic event, kindly visit the Islamic Calendar available on IslamicFinder. It provides you with the most accurate Islamic dates with all the Islamic events highlighted for your ease. You can easily look up the dates of any upcoming Islamic holidays. With just a few clicks, you can convert Hijri dates to Gregorian and vice versa.

With IslamicFinder, you can view both the Muslim and the regular calendar simultaneously and compare the dates of the two according to your ease. Moreover, you can even print out a copy of the Islamic Calendar if you are not comfortable with the digital version.

Know more about the life of Prophet (PBUH):

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): The most Humble and Modest

Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Diet

Special Islamic Days

Frequently asked questions

  • Q When will the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal 2017 be observed?
    A 12th Rabi ul Awwal 2017 will tentatively be observed on Thursday, 30th of November 2017. This date will be contingent on the sighting of the moon as the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle.
  • Q Why is Rabi ul Awal important?
    A Firstly, the Prophet (PBUH) was born in this month. Secondly, the migration to Madina, Hijrat e Madina, started on the 1st of Rabbi ul Awwal. Moreover, it is also believed that Muhammad (PBUH) and Khadija (RA) got married in this month on the 10th of Rabbi ul Awwal.
  • Q What is a Milad in Islam?
    A A Milad is a gathering of people, in which Muhammad (PBUH) is praised through the recitation of Nasheed (rhymes). Moreover, the virtues of the Prophet (PBUH) are discussed and people remember him by repeating his stories and praising his impeccable character. Afterwards, the guests are served with food and drink made especially for the event.
  • Q What is 12th Rabi ul Awwal?
    A The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was born in the month of Rabbi ul Awwal. A lot of Muslims believe that Muhammad (PBUH) was born on the 12th of Rabbi ul Awwal however there is a little conflict about this date being the actual birthdate of the Prophet (PBUH).
  • Q What is the meaning of Milad un Nabi?
    A Milad un Nabi means the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Muslims often celebrate the day in remembrance of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), praising him and distributing food among family, friends, neighbors and the poor and needy.

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