For Muslims around the world, the Islamic calendar is of great significance. If you engage in business partnerships with Muslims, you need to get to know the significant Islamic holidays that take place during the year. These holidays hold immense spiritual and cultural significance and are celebrated with deep devotion and joyous festivities. By understanding and respecting them, individuals can build stronger relationships with Muslim communities and foster mutual understanding and respect.
Ramadan 2024 and Islamic holidays 2024
In the Islamic faith, two notable holidays are widely recognized: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It should be noted that different Islamic countries may observe additional holidays and celebrations throughout the year.
Ramadan, March 10-April 8, 2024
Ramadan is the most sacred month in Islam. It lasts a month and involves fasting, prayer, self-reflection, and increased devotion. Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and other physical needs from sunrise to sunset. The daily fast is broken with a meal called iftar, often shared with family and friends. The month ends with a joyous celebration called Eid al-Fitr.
During Ramadan, doing business and trade practices that do not result in a free and fair exchange of goods and services are considered haram, which means it is forbidden for Muslims. Scheduling is crucial during Ramadan, as Muslims may have varying working hours due to changes in prayer and mealtimes.
Eid Al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), April 9-10, 2024
After observing Ramadan, which involves a month of fasting, Muslims will mark Eid Al-Fitr by partaking in a celebratory meal in the evening and attending early morning prayers. It is a time for Muslims to come together and celebrate their shared beliefs and traditions.
Eid Al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), July 16-20, 2024
During this holiday, people gather to commemorate Abraham’s sacrifice. The celebration usually involves an evening feast and prayer at the mosque. The duration of the event can vary depending on the country and the individual, with some celebrations going on for four to twelve days.
Other Islamic holidays 2024
Below, we present other holidays that are observed in the Muslim community. Keep in mind that these holidays are not official holidays for all countries and are celebrated only in some regions. The dates also may vary from region to region. Remember to check the days off in your business partner’s country and plan your communication accordingly.
Lailat al Miraj, February 6, 2024
Isra and Mi’raj is a significant event in Islamic history, commemorating Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent to the heavens. It’s observed with prayer and reflection.
Lailat al Bara-ah, February 24-25, 2024
The Night of Forgiveness is a special occasion for Muslims to seek blessings and forgiveness. Allah decides the fate of individuals for the upcoming year on this night.
Laylat al Qadr, April 6, 2024
Laylat al-Qadr is a holy night in the last ten days of Ramadan. It’s when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Many prayers and supplications are made on this blessed night.
Waqf al Arafa – Hajj, June 15-16, 2024
The Day of Arafah is the peak of Hajj, where pilgrims gather to pray for forgiveness and mercy. It’s a day of deep contemplation and devotion.
Hijra (Islamic New Year), July 7, 2024
This event celebrates the migration of Prophet Muhammad and marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims use this time for reflection on perseverance and determination.
Muharram (Day of Ashura), July 17, 2024
Ashura is a significant day for multiple reasons. Shia Muslims mourn the death of Imam Hussein during the Battle of Karbala on this day.
Milad un Nabi, September 15-16, 2024
On the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth, Muslims celebrate by praying, reading the Quran, and joining meetings to learn about his life and teachings.