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The three holy months

The three holy months

The Three (holy) months (Üç aylar) are a trio of months celebrated by the Turks and muslim communities around the world. The three months consist of Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan. As a preparation to Ramadan, many Muslims start spiritual and physical resilience at the beginning of three months. Also each month contains holy nights;

  • Regaib marks the beginning of three holy months. Regaib Kandili, or Laylat al-Ragha’ib in Arabic, is a holy night in Islam commemorating the conception of the Prophet Muhammad. Regaib kandili is celebrated on the Thursday night preceding the first Friday in the month of Rajab. Isra is the name for Prophet Muhammed’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, and Mi’raj is the term for his ascension to heaven, where he met with other prophets and spoke with God. It is celebrated on the 27th day of the month of Rajab in the Islamic calendar.
  • The Night of Forgiveness, (Berat Kandili or Leylet-ul-Bera’at)is observed on the night between the 14th and 15th days of Sha’ban.  Berat Kandili is spent reciting the Quran and performing special prayers as well as visiting the graves of deceased relatives.
  • Known as Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic, the Night of Power is traditionally accepted as the night between the 26th and 27th days of Ramadan. It is believed that this night is when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Gabriel.

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