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Origin of the Islamic months

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Q: Is this correct, how do you pronounce and write the Islamic months?

‏ليعلم أن الاسم الصحيح للشهر السادس للسنة الهجرية هو: جمادى اﻵخرة. وجمادى: بضم الجيم وفتح الدال، واللفظ مؤنث، وهو منعوت إعرابا. واﻵخرة: نعت ل: جمادى. [للتفصيل لينظر: لسان العرب، الصحاح في اللغة، المصباح

Please note: The correct name for the sixth month of The Islamic Calender is [جمادى اﻵخرة] – Jumaada l-Aakhirah. (For details see: Lisaan l-Arab, As-Sihaah fi l-Lughah, Al-Misbaah l-Muneer) Who started the Islamic months, where does the names of the Islamic months come about and what do the names mean?


A: It is correct.

The 12 months are from the beginning of mankind and the months themselves were in vogue in the day of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and in fact before that.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.