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Islamic New Year

Also known as Hijri New Year, this holiday begins on the first day of Muharram in the lunar Islamic calendar. The Western calendar year 2017 is roughly equivalent to 1438-39 A.H. on the Islamic calendar.

The New Year commemorates the emigration of the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D., which was known as the "Hijra."

Muharram also marks the anniversary of the historical battle of Karbala, when the grandson of Muhammad (Imam Hussein ibn Ali) was killed.

1439 A.H.

As the Muslim calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the start and end dates of each month are usually determined by an official sighting of the new moon. 

In 1439, the Islamic New Year will begin on Thursday, September 21 or Friday, September 22 with the sighting of the new moon at sunset.

New Years Events

Many Islamic nations declare public holidays on one or more of the days surrounding the Islamd New Year.

The word Muharram means “forbidden”, and many Muslims fast during this period. It is a time for
self-reflection and historical awareness.

Prayers and fasting build up towards the tenth day of Muharram, known as Ashura, when the battle at Karbala is remembered. Mourning congregations sometimes gather to express grief, with Shia Muslims commonly practicing chest beating, known as the Latyma, and sometimes self-flagellation and the cutting of their foreheads.

Sunni Muslims regard Ashura as a day of respect and gratitude for the prophet Moses.

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