Jamada Al-Thani is the sixth month of the Islamic calendar. It marks the end, or second part, of the land being dry, which is why it is often referred to as ‘Jumada Al-Akhira', meaning ‘the end of the dry season’. During this month, the lands used to be dry due to the hot weather or lack of water, and this explains the meaning of its name.
When is Jamada Al-Thani?
This coming year, the month of Jamada Al-Thani is expected to commence on 14th December and will end on 22nd January 2023.
The Islamic Calendar
The Islamic calendar consists of 12 months, of which four are particularly sacred. These are Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qa’da, and Dhul Hijjah. Significant events and Islamic festivals occur in these months that make them more important than others. However, we should be striving to increase our worship all year round to follow the sunnah, not just in the four sacred months, as the other months also have significance.
It is currently the Islamic year 1444 AH, referring to the years ‘after Hijrah’, which was the migration from Makkah to Yathrib, now commonly known as Madina: The Illuminated City. The Hijrah took place in 622 (CE) and was crucial in spreading the message of Islam and growing the Muslim ummah. It will soon be the year 1445 AH, as the New Islamic Year will start on 19th July.
New months in the Islamic calendar start when the new moon is seen, which is a thin silver crescent.
What is the Significance of Jamada Al-Thani?
There were several important events during the month of Jamada Al-Thani.
It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) youngest daughter, Fatima al-Zahra (RA) was born in Makkah on the 20th day of this month. Fatima (RA) is seen as a very important female figure and was one of the first to accept the message of Islam. Fatima’s mother was Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, another very important female figure in Islam, who was the first person to accept Islam.
Another significant event in this month was Fatima’s (RA) death. She passed away just two months after the Prophet (PBUH) did. Sunni and Shia Muslims differ in their opinions of her cause of death. Sunni Muslims believe her death was a result of the grief of her father’s death, while Shia Muslims believe she died due to the injuries she sustained when her house was raided, which was ordered by Abu Bakr (RA) after she refused to accept his leadership by saying her husband, Ali (RA) should be the leader.
It is also believed that Abu Bakr (RA) passed away on the 22nd day of Jamada Al-Thani in 634 AD. Abu Bakr (RA) was a close companion of the Prophet (PBUH) and became the first caliph. However, just over two years later, he became ill, was bed-bound, and passed away. He was buried next to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Madina.
Make The Most of Jamada Al-Thani
You can sponsor an orphan to follow the sunnah and practices and teachings of the Prophet (PBUH). ‘The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “the one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in paradise like this” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate’ (Bukhari).
For Muslims, giving charity is an important act of worship and should be done regularly. This is why there are obligatory forms of charity like Zakat, but also voluntary forms of charity like Sadaqah, which hold a lot of rewards.
You may also choose to increase other acts of worship, including visiting neighbours, smiling more, and making up missed prayers and fasts.
Donate to Orphans in Need here.