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May 27, 2016

Islamic Calendar Book

Here are some brand new illustrations from a new book I have just completed illustrating called ‘The Islamic Calendar‘ by International Islamic Publishing House:

This Islamic calendar (or Hijri calendar) is based on the phases on the moon rather than the movement of the sun.  Here’s an illustration of a group of Muslim kids observing the moon’s phases through a telescope!

The Islamic Hijri Calendar - Children Looking at the Moon at Sunset

Young Muslim kids looking at the new moon. Also, the monthly phases of the moon.

 

Dhul Hijjah is the month of Hajj!  And here’s an illustration of some young children making the tawaf around the ka’ba with full devotion!

The Islamic Hijri Calendar - Boys doing Tawaf around the Ka'ba

Muslim Boys making tawaf around the ka’ba

Muslims celebrate ‘Eid twice a year:  ‘Eid ul Fitr at the beginning of Shawwal (at the end of Ramadan) and ‘Eid ul Adha on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah (after the Hajj).  Here’s some Muslim girls having fun on ‘Eid and wishing one another with the sunnah ‘Eid greetings: Taqabbal Allahu Minnaa wa Minkum (May Allah accept from us and from you!)

The Islamic Hijri Calendar - Girls celebrating 'Eid ul Fitr

‘Eid is the time for celebration – ‘Eid Mubarak everyone!

 

Jum’uah (Friday) is the best of all days!  How should Muslims spend Jum’uah?  Here’s an illustration to explain…

The Islamic Hijri Calendar - Friday (Jumu'ah) activities

Here are some Muslim kids showing us how to spend our Jum’uah (Friday): Make ghusl, read the Qur’an, make lost of du’aa and send prayers and blessing upon the Noble Prophet (SAW)

 

Men must attend congregational Jum’uah (Friday) prayers which include a khutbah (sermon).

Islamic Hijri Calendar - Boys attending Jumu'ah Prayers

Young boys attending Jum’uah (Friday) prayers

 

The month of Muharram is an extremely virtuous month, full of blessings.  Many important events in Islamic history took place during the month of Muharram. The 10th of Muharram is called ‘Ashoora’ and Rasool Allah (SAW) recommended that Muslims should fast during this time as it was the same day on which Musa (AS) and Banu Israeel (Jews) were saved from Pharaoh by Allah.

The illustration below depicts some aspects of the month of Muharram… the sea splitting to show how Allah saved Banu Isra’eel and the water and dates illustrate the importance of fasting during ‘Ashoora.

Islamic Hijri Calendar - Muharram

Muharram is the first month of the Hijri Calendar

 

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri calendar and is the greatest of all months!  It is the month in which Allah (swt) sent down the Qur’an. In this month, Muslims all over the world show their gratefulness to Allah for the gift of  the Qur’an by fasting from before sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan - the month of Qur'an and fasting!

Ramadan is the 9th month and is the month of fasting!

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