Islamic Holidays and Festivals
Islam has relatively few holidays compared to most other religions; nevertheless, sacred days and times are very important to Muslims. Most Islamic holidays commemorate events in the life of the prophet Muhammad, are special days founded by him, and/or are commanded by the Qur'an.
Muslims observe two major festivals ('Id Al-Fitr and 'Id Al-Adha) and one month of daytime fasting (Ramadan). These are public holidays in Muslim countries. There is also a day of voluntary fasting: 'Ashura, which is also an important Shiite festival.
The popular festival of Mawlid an-Nabi celebrates the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, but is frowned upon as an idolatrous innovation by conservative Muslims.
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|Title||Islamic Holidays and Festivals|
|Published||March 17, 2004|
|Last Updated||January 29, 2021|
|MLA Citation||“Islamic Holidays and Festivals.” ReligionFacts.com. 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021. <religionfacts.com/islam/holidays>|