The Month of Rabi Al-Thani
Rabi Al-Thani is the fourth month in the Islamic calendar and translates to the ‘the second spring’. It is also known as ‘Rabi Al-Aakhir', meaning ‘the last spring’, as it refers to the end of spring. The Islamic months were sometimes named based on the weather or season at that time, which indicates that it was the end of spring when this month was named.
Rabi Al-Thani does not have any sacred events during it, but in this month, just like in other months, we should strive to increase our worship of Allah (SWT) to follow the Sunnah. We can do this in several ways, for example, by reading more Qur’an, making dua, giving charity, or helping others.
The Islamic Calendar
The Islamic calendar consists of 12 months; Muharram, Safar, Rabi Al-Awwal, Rabi Al-Thani, Jumada Al-Awwal, Jumada Al-Thani, Rajab, Sha’ban, Ramadan, Shawwal, Dhul Qa’da, and Dhul Hijjah.
Four of these months are particularly sacred. These are Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qa’da, and Dhul Hijjah. Each one has significant dates, religious festivals, or historical events that occur during them. While the other months are not particularly sacred, they are also important and should be observed by worshipping Allah (SWT) all year round.
We are currently in 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. This Hijrah took place in 622 (CE) and was vital in spreading the message of Islam. It will soon be the year 1445 AH, as the New Islamic Year will start on 19th July.
When is the Month of Rabi Al-Thani?
This year, the month of Rabi Al-Thani is expected to begin on 16 October, once Rabi Al-Awwal has ended.
When will Rabi Al-Thani End?
The month of Rabi Al-Thani will end when the month of Jumada Al-Awwal, the fifth Islamic month, begins. This is expected to be on the 15 November 2023.
Rabi Al-Thani Significance
It is not a special month, but good deeds and worship are recommended all year round, including during this month. You can use this month to become closer to Allah (SWT) by reciting more Qur’an, making dhikr, making dua, and even helping others. Although there are no special rewards in this month, good deeds made with good intentions will be rewarded, Insha’Allah.
What To Do in Rabi Al-Thani
During this month, you can give charity to follow the teachings and practices of the Prophet (PBUH) by donating to Orphans in Need. ‘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). This demonstrates the immense reward and value of helping an orphan.
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