Main article: Pre-Islamic calendar For central Arabia, especially Mecca , there is a lack of epigraphical evidence but details are found in the writings of Muslim authors of the Abbasid era. Inscriptions of the ancient South Arabian calendars reveal the use of a number of local calendars. At least some of these South Arabian calendars followed the lunisolar system. It was not intended to establish a fixed calendar to be generally observed. Others concur that it was originally a lunar calendar, but suggest that about years before the Hijra it was transformed into a lunisolar calendar containing an intercalary month added from time to time to keep the pilgrimage within the season of the year when merchandise was most abundant. Al-Biruni also says this did not happen,  and the festivals were kept within their season by intercalation every second or third year of a month between Dhu al-Hijjah and Muharram.
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The beginning of each month is contingent on the visibility of the moon at the end of the previous month. Once the moon is sighted, the new month commences. Each month starts with a new lunar cycle. Hence, the Muslim Calendar gives only a tentative overview of the upcoming Islamic dates as the start of each month is subject to the sighting of the moon.
The Islamic calendar consists of 12 months similar to the Gregorian calendar. However, it consists of days unlike the days in the regular calendar. Waging war during four of these months is forbidden as they are considered sacred.
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