Among the Muslim community, all religious activities, such as prayer, fasting in the month of Ramadan and pilgrimage, are according to the Islamic calendar. Including the dates of significant events, such as holy nights and festivals. In the spirit of welcoming this Islamic New Year 2020, our team at www.miskshops.com has put together a feature on the significance of the Islamic New Year for Muslims.
According to sightings, this year the Islamic New Year is all set to fall on approximately 3rd October 2020.
Its historical significance
Muhammad and his followers migrated from Mecca to Medina during that year, and established the first Muslim community (ummah), an event commemorated as the Hijra. This calendar is significant because it’s the beginning of a new era they recognized at that time.
Since the Islamic lunar year is eleven to twelve days shorter than the solar Gregorian year, the Islamic New Year does not occur on the same day of the Gregorian calendar every year.
That first movement was a transition, rather than just a path. This marked a new stage in Islam’s growth. Islam would not be like any other faith. It would be a true way of life.
As true believers today, we too are called to make our change, leaving behind the mistakes of the past and heading towards a better life, subjecting ourselves as Muslims to the will of Allah (SWT).
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The first day of each month is usually the day of the first crescent moon sighting shortly after sunset. Determining the most likely day the moon could be observed was a motivation for the interest of the Muslims in astronomy which for many centuries placed Islam at the forefront of that particular science.
The Hijri calendar, adopted by the Ottomans, had been used as the official calendar until the present Republic was settled and agreed to use the solar calendar as part of its attempts to westward it.
He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything that is in between them. Worship Him alone, then, and remain steadfast in His worship. Do you know any whose name is worthy to be mentioned side by side with His (Quran, 19:65)
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Unlike the New Year celebrated by Non-Muslims, neither balloons nor fireworks will accompany the Islamic New Year. However, sincere believers throughout the world will reflect on the meaning of the Islamic New Year and will take great comfort from it, knowing that Allah Almighty is responsible for the times and seasons and that He cares endlessly for His existence.
On this day, Muslims assemble in mosques for peace prayers and listen to holy Quran readings. Many readings refer to the Hijra, the journey of Muhammad from Medina to Mecca. The passage is broadcast on radios and televisions. The day is spent in reflection of one’s mortality and the passing of time, as well as honoring the Prophet Muhammad. The festivities are still and in sober voices, nothing like the celebrations of the Westernized New Year. There is a new trend among younger Muslims to exchange New Year’s cards and gifts.
Some Muslims also welcome the New Year by fasting during the month of Muharram. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) has said:
“The best fasts after the fasts of Ramadan are those of the month of Muharram.”
Dua for New Year start
‘Abdullah ibn Hisham (Radiyallahu ‘Anhu) reports that the Sahabah (Radiyallahu ‘Anhum) would learn the following du’a for when the new month or new year would begin:
اللهم أَدْخِلْهُ عَلينا بِالأمْنِ وَالإيمان وَالسَّلامَةِ وَالإسْلام وَرِضْوَانٍ مِّنَ الرَّحْمن وِجوارٍ مِّنَ الشَّيْطان
Allahumma Adkhilhu ‘Alayna Bil Amni Wal Iman, was Salamati Wal Islam, Wa Ridwanim Mina Rahman, Wa Jiwarim Mina Shaytan
Hadith on Islamic New Year
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) didn’t celebrate the Islamic New Year so we shouldn’t be celebrating our new year and we shouldn’t be celebrating another year from any other calendars. Instead, it is advised that we pray to Allah(SWT) and seek His grace and mercy, repent and ask Him to make what a positive time we have all left and let us live as good Muslims achieving prosperity in this and that life.
Islamic New Year Greetings and Wishes
It’s the perfect time to send good wishes to those you love. Here are some pictures, quotes, messages for you at the beginning of the year 1441 to send your friends and relatives.
“Happy New Year to all of you. We hope this New Year brings the world much peace, prosperity, and happiness. May Allah watch over us.”
“May Allah shower you with gifts of love, courage, knowledge, contentment, health, patience and purity.
“I pray for the peace and well-being of your families and yourself. May all of you have an amazing year ahead. Happy New Year to Hijri!”
“When the New Year of Hijri begins, let us hope that it will be a year full of peace, joy, and new friends abound. May Allah bless you all this New Year.”
“May all the glory and thanks be to God, to whom all that is in the heavens and on earth belong.
Let us remember Muharram’s month too and recall with sorrow Muharram-ul-Haram, the reverential month, and Ashura, and remember Karbala too. Let us honor the greatest of martyrs, Hussain, the lord of the youth of paradise. Give our greetings and greetings to the Messenger of God and His followers
The Islamic New Year is fairly peacefully observed, with prayers and readings. Our religion teaches tolerance, if someone expresses happiness and gratitude to God for His blessings on the occasion of New Year’s arrival, it is not prohibited in Islam. We encourage our Muslim brothers and sisters to welcome the Islamic New Year with zeal and zest, pledge to avoid mistakes of the past and start fresh with a clear mind. We aim to spread knowledge in hopes that it will benefit you and your loved ones. You may also visit other blog posts by www.miskshops.com to get a detailed view of other spheres of the Islamic Culture. Follow the links below