Nuzul Al-Quran

Nuzul Al-Quran is a holiday that commemorates the day when the words of the holy book of Islam, the Qur’an, were first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is a holiday also known as Qur’an Revelation Day and is observed on the 17th day of the month of Ramadan every year. In Malaysia, it is observed across the entire country, but there are some regions where it is not observed as a holiday.

For example, in Johor, Malacca, and Sarawak, it is not observed as a national holiday. It is also not observed in Kedah or Sabah—at least, not as a national holiday. In the states that do celebrate it, Muslim men and children will dress in robes and attend the local mosque, and read from the Quran.

The History of Nuzul Al-Quran in Malaysia

In a cave on Mount Hira near Mecca, the angel Gabriel appeared and revealed the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq to the Prophet Muhammad. After this first revelation, Muhammad received many revelations of the holy text over the course of the rest of his life. All of these revelations would be collected by scribes and compiled into the text that would eventually become the Quran as compiled by Caliph Uthman.

Observing Nuzul Al-Quran in Malaysia

Men and children on this day will dress in white robes and head to the local mosque to pray and read from the Quran. The purpose of this holiday is not just to read from the holy text, however, but to think about it and try to comprehend its true meaning.

In the states where this holiday is observed, some schools and offices will be closed, but in states where it is not a national holiday, businesses and schools will operate normally. After families spend their time in the mosques, they will often spend the rest of the day with their families.

Where is it celebrated?
Malaysia (Common local holidays) - KTN, KUL, LBN, PHG, PJY, PLS, PNG, PRK, SGR, TRG
When is it?
This year (2024)
March 27 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
March 17 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 8 Saturday