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Hijri 2019 (Islamic New Year) To Start From 31 August This Year

Hijri 2019 (Islamic New Year) To Start From 31 August This Year :- The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the Muslim era. It is also known as the Hijri New Year or Hijrah (in Arabic) which coincides with the Prophet’s journey from Mecca to Medina on the first day of Muharram in 622 AD. The migration which takes place is referred to as Hijra in Arabic, also spelled as Hegira.

Hijri 2019 (Islamic New Year)

The first month of the Islamic New Year is called Muharram. After Ramadan, it is the second most holy month of the Islamic year. It is since 622 A.D. that the New Year has been observed. It is believed that this is when Prophet Mohammed had migrated from Mecca to Yathrib (present-day Medina), about 320 km north of Mecca so that he could escape religious persecution.

Muharram is a time for prayer and reflection on the sacrifices that led to the beginning of the faith. The New Year signifies a time to reflect on the year has gone by and look forward to the upcoming year. For Shia Muslims, it is a solemn period as it begins the 10 days of mourning leading up to the Day of Ashura. Several Shiites practice chest-beating and even self-flagellation during this time. For Sunni Muslims, Ashura marks the day when Moses was saved by Allah from the Egyptians.

Hijri Wishes Quotes 2019

The Islamic New Year starts from 31 August this year in India. However, the date may vary due to the time difference between the countries. Dates also differ because certain Islamic organisations refer to local moon sightings to decide on the new month. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia uses astronomical calculations to decide on their dates which might lead to a difference of up to two days for the precise date of Islamic New Year.

The Islamic New Year is about 12 days shorter than the Gregorian year. In certain Muslim majority countries like Dubai, the day is observed as a public holiday.

Happy (Islamic New Year) 2019

The Hijri calendar comprises 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Also, this calendar is used to determine the days when Islamic holidays and rituals take place. Some of the exceptions of this rule are Iran and Afghanistan, as they use the Solar Hijri calendar.