Jumada al-Awwal is a significant period in the Islamic lunar calendar. It’s an opportunity to reflect, grow, and unite in our shared pursuit of positive change. The fifth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, marked the beginning of the summer season. The name itself, “dry or rainless” in Arabic, alludes to the warmth and transition that this month signifies, particularly as denoted in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar.

Jumada al-Awwal carries historical significance with events such as:

1. The Battle of Mu’tah, which took place in the 8th year after the Hijrah. It was the only battle fought in the time of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with the Romans, and it concluded with a victory for the Muslims.

2. The passing of Abdul Muttalib, the Prophet’s ﷺ grandfather (AS).

3. The marriage of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to Khadija (AS).

4. The departure of Fatimah (AS), the beloved daughter of the Prophet ﷺ, on the 10th day of Jumada Al-Awwal, at the age of 23.

Although Jumada al-Awwal does not come with specific religious deeds or requirements, it provides an excellent opportunity for self-reflection. It’s a time to ask ourselves,

How is my connection to Allah?

How are my prayers?

Do I take time in my day to make Dhikr?

How frequently do I give charity or volunteer my time for the sake of Allah?

How often do I read the Quran?

How can I improve myself and grow closer to Allah?

A way to become closer to Allah is to fast the White Days, on the 13th, 14th and 15th days of the Islamic Month, following the Sunnah of our Messenger of Allah ﷺ, as he ﷺ said :  “Observing fasting on three days of every month is equivalent to a full month’s fasting.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). The White Days of Jumada al-Awwal 1445 will be in November 2023, on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th.

We can use the month of Jumada al-Awwal to deepen our understanding, strengthen our connection with Allah, and contribute positively to our community. We can embrace our unique qualities, foster unity, and work towards peace and justice in a world where every heart finds solace.