THE ISLAMIC NEW Year of Hijrah 1431 falls on Friday, 18 December 2009. It is an auspicious date in the Muslim way of life which signifies the paradigm shift from the worst of situations to a much better environment and well-being of the Faithful and the Pious believer.
The BBC’s definition of Al-Hijra (1 Muharram): New Year’s Day
Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram. It marks the Hijra (or Hegira) in 622 CE when the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) moved from Mecca to Medina, and set up the first Islamic state.
The Muslim calendar counts dates from the Hijra, which is why Muslim dates have the suffix A.H. (After Hijra).
It’s a low-key event in the Muslim world, celebrated less than the two major festivals of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.
New Year rituals
There is no specific religious ritual required on this day, but Muslims will think about the general meaning of Hijra, and regard this as a good time for ‘New Year Resolutions’.
The start of Islam as a community
The date marks the beginning of Islam as a community in which spiritual and earthly life were completely integrated. It was a community inspired by God, and totally obedient to God; a group of people bound together by faith.
By breaking the link with his own tribe the Prophet demonstrated that tribal and family loyalties were insignificant compared to the bonds of Islam.
This Muslim community grew steadily over time, unifying the many tribes that had made up the Arab world beforehand.
Earthly and heavenly power
Islam now developed as a combined spiritual and earthly community, with political and military power working hand in hand with spiritual power and guidance.
At the same time the community developed the religious and ethical codes of behaviour that still provide the foundation of Muslim life.
Suffice to say that this shift from the old to new marks a relevant time for reflections and moving forward to a brighter future and a new world order reaching out to the Light at the end of a dark tunnel… 🙂
Allah Subhannahu Wataala (God Most High) said, “Verily, this (the Holy) Qur’an guides to that which is best, and gives glad tidings to the believers who do good that theirs will be a great reward.” (Qur’an, 17:9) And, “There has come unto you light from God and a clear Book, whereby God guides those who seek His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He brings them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guides them unto a straight path.” (Qur’an, 5:15)