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Converting from Hijri to Gregorian: A Guide to Understanding the Calendar Switch

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Having Islamic calendars at home has become specific to the months of Ramadan only. We usually have and follow the Gregorian calendars at our disposal rather than the calendar for the Hijri Year.

This can be frustrating, right? Well, Hijri dates can also be available, and that too with just one tap online. This article brings the convert of Hijri to the Gregorian and vice versa. 

Do you have a Hijri or Gregorian Calendar at home?

Hijri Calendar

The Hijri calendar, or the Islamic or lunar calendar, is based on the Hijri Year. This determines our religious events and Islamic rituals.

The Islamic calendar started when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated from Makkah to Madinah. It follows 12 lunar months and 354 or 355 days in a Hijri Year.

Each month begins when a new moon is sighted. July 15, 622, was the first day of the first Hijri Year. 

The symbol for the Hijri Year is AH. 

Gregorian Calendar 

The Gregorian Calendar, also known as the Western, Christian, Solar, and New Style Calendar, is a solar calendar that relies on the actual length of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

Gregorian follows 365 days and 12 months in a year. Each month is divided into a few weeks of 7 days. The birth of prophet Isa A.S. marks the start of the Gregorian year. December 25, 1 AD. 

The symbol for the Gregorian Year is AD or CE. 

Upcoming Islamic events 

Not just a converter but also all the important Islamic dates for your day-to-day planning and updates.

Here is a list of religious observances and holidays according to the Hijri and the Gregorian Calendar. The dates do vary according to the moon sighting at your location.

We have shared the closest expected Hijri dates by the Gregorian Year. 

  • Night of Miraj/Isra, or Shab e Mairaj, will be observed on 27 Rajab 1444: February 18, 2023.
  • Night of Baraat, or Shab e Baraat, will be celebrated on 15 Shaban 1444: March 7, 2023.
  • The Month of Holy Ramadan is expected to begin on 1 Ramadan 1444: March 23, 2023. Taraweeh prayers start the night before. 
  • Night of Power, or Laylatul Qadr, is observed on 27 Ramadan 1444: April 18, 2023.
  • Followed by Eid ul Fitr, which will be celebrated on 1st Shawal 1444: April 21, 2023.
  • Hajj for this year will begin on 8 Dhul Hajj 1444: June 26, 2023.
  • Day of Arafah will be observed on 9 Dhul Hajj 1444: June 27, 2023.
  • Muharram will mark the beginning of the new Islamic year. It is expected on 1 Muharram 1445: July 18, 2023.
  • The Day of Ashura will be on the 9th & 10th of Muharram 1445: 28th & 29th of July 2023
  • Milad un Nabi will be celebrated on 12 Rabi ul Awal 1445: September 27, 2023.

Hijri or Gregorian Calendars are not physically needed. All the dates are at your disposal right here. Convert from Hijri to Gregorian and Gregorian to Hijri dates is just an article away.

Just fill in the dates and find the one you’re looking for. We’ve summarized all the sacred Islamic dates for the Year 2023. 

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