Islamic New Year

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Islamic New Year
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Islamic New Year

The commencement of the Islamic New Year, also known as the Hijri New Year, takes place on the initial day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. Distinguished from the Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar serves as the framework for this observance.

This significant occasion marks the inception of the Muslim era and the establishment of the first Islamic community. It also commemorates the moment when Prophet Mohammed migrated from Mecca to Yathrib, now known as Medina, as a means of escaping religious persecution—an event referred to as Hijra in Arabic. For many Muslims, the Islamic New Year represents a sacred month, characterized by solemnity and contemplation. During the month of Muharram, followers are encouraged to intensify their devotion, with a particular emphasis on acts of worship such as fasting.