Jumada al-awwal

Jumada al-Oola (Arabic: جمادى الأولى, also transliterated Ǧumādā al-ʾAwwal, IPA: [d͡ʒʊˈmæːdæ lˈʔæwwæl]; also pronounced Ǧamādā al-ʾAwwal, [d͡ʒæˈmæːdæ lˈʔæwwæl]) or Jumada I is the fifth month of the 12 lunar months in the Islamic calendar. It is also known as Jumada al-Ula or Jumadil Awwal. The month spans 29 or 30 days.

The origin of the name is as follows: the word "Jumda", from which the name of the month is derived, is used to denote dry parched land: land devoid of rain, and hence denotes the dry months.


The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Jumada al-Awwal migrates backwards throughout the seasons, during a cycle of about 33 solar years. The estimated start and end dates for Jumada al-Awwal are as follows (based on the Umm Al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia[1]):

AH First day (CE / AD) Last day (CE / AD)
1431 15 April 2010 14 May 2010
1432   5 April 2011   3 May 2011
1433 24 March 2012 21 April 2012
1434 13 March 2013 10 April 2013
1435   2 March 2014 31 March 2014
1436 20 February 2015 20 March 2015
1437 10 February 2016   9 March 2016
Jumada al-Awwal dates between 2010 and 2016

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