Islamic New Year
A Closer Look At The Islamic Holy Day!
What Is The Islamic New Year?
The Hijri New Year, also known as Islamic New Year (Arabic: رأس السنة الهجرية Raʼs as-Sanah al-Hijrīyah) is the day that marks the beginning of anew Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented. While some Islamic organizations prefer determining the new month and year by local sightings of the moon, most Islamic institutions and countries, including Saudia Arabia follow astronomical calculations to determine future dates of the Islamic calendar.
What Is The Significance?
The Holy Quran
This is the sacred scripture in Islam, and is recited and read all year long but specifically on the day of the Islamic New Year.
This day is considered to be very holy and is usually spent by worshiping god, and making Dua which consists of asking for forgiveness and asking for guidance. The dua is made by placing both hands in front of your face, keeping your head bowed down in front of the lord.
Many muslims tend to fast on the holy day, although it is not obligatory, many choose to fast. Just like Ramadan, fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. Eating, drinking, and smoking is not permitted.
The Holy Quran
The first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the Islamic New Year.
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