Most important is shahada

White Name -> Islamic Name

Many reverts opt to adopt an Islamic name because it marks a significant point in their spiritual journey, connects them more closely with the Muslim community, or reflects their new identity and beliefs. However, it’s entirely appropriate to keep your given name if it does not contradict Islamic teachings.

The most important aspect of conversion is the sincere declaration of faith (Shahada) and the commitment to follow Islamic principles. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did change the names of some companions if their names had meanings contrary to Islamic values, but he also left many others unchanged. The choice often comes down to personal preference and the meaning or implications of one’s original name.

If your given name has a positive or neutral meaning, there’s no obligation to change it. Many reverts keep their original names and still fully embrace their Muslim identity. If you choose to adopt an Islamic name, it could be used in religious and community contexts while your legal name remains the same for official purposes. Ultimately, the decision should be based on what feels right for you and your spiritual journey.

How does the Islamic calendar differ from the Gregorian calendar?

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months, each month starting with the sighting of the new moon. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar with fixed lengths for each month, the Islamic lunar months are approximately 29 to 30 days long. This results in the Islamic year being about 10 to 12 days shorter than the solar year. As a result, Islamic months, including Ramadan, shift backward by about 10 to 12 days each year in the Gregorian calendar. This is why Ramadan and other Islamic months do not correspond to specific Gregorian months each year and can occur in different seasons over time.


Why is Ramadan the 9th month in the Islamic calendar?

Ramadan is the 9th month because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and it was during this month that the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This event gives Ramadan its significant religious importance.


How does the lunar calendar affect Ramadan’s timing?

Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, the start of Ramadan varies each year, moving about 10-12 days earlier in the Gregorian calendar. This means that the month of fasting can occur in different seasons, affecting the length of fasting days and the overall experience for Muslims.


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