As the Gregorian calendar celebrates the arrival of a new year, another significant and sacred occasion commences in the Islamic world—the Islamic New Year.

Also known as “Hijri New Year” or “Muharram,” this auspicious day holds deep religious and cultural significance for Muslims around the globe.

The Islamic New Year not only marks the beginning of the lunar year but also serves as a time of reflection, spiritual growth, and renewal of faith.

Historical Significance:

The Islamic New Year is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, which was introduced during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The lunar year is shorter than the Gregorian solar year, consisting of approximately 354 days.

The year begins with the sighting of the new moon, marking the first day of the month of Muharram.

The historical significance of the Islamic New Year

dates back to the migration (Hijrah) of Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE.

This migration holds immense importance in Islamic history, as it marked the establishment of the first Islamic community in Medina and the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar.

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