Maal Hijrah (Awal Muharram) or Islamic New Year


Muslims do not traditionally “celebrate” the beginning of a new year, but we do acknowledge the passing of time, and take time to reflect on our own mortality.

Muslims measure the passage of time using the Islamic (Hijrah) calendar. This calendar has twelve lunar months, the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Years are counted since the Hijrah, which is when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Madinah (approximately July 622 A.D.).

The Islamic calendar was first introduced by the close companion of the Prophet, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab. During his leadership of the Muslim community, in approximately 638 A.D., he consulted with his advisors in order to come to a decision regarding the various dating systems used at that time. It was agreed that the most appropriate reference point for the Islamic calendar was the Hijrah, since it was an important turning point for the Muslim community. After the emigration to Madinah (formerly known as Yathrib), the Muslims were able to organize and establish the first real Muslim “community,” with social, political, and economic independence. Life in Madinah allowed the Muslim community to mature and strengthen, and the people developed an entire society based on Islamic principles.

References

  1. “Islamic Holidays, 2002-2009.” Infoplease. <http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0760942.html>
  2. “Al Hijra.” BBC Religion & Ethics. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/holydays/alhijra.shtml>

Doa

In view of the new year, we are encourage and with deead to recite the Doa when to depart from the current year of 1428 after Asr’ prayer and recite the welcoming Doa for the new year of 1429 after Maghrib prayer today. The Doa are here for you to download. The Doa are written in Arabic and translated in Bahasa Malaysia.

My Wish or Prayer

May Allah The Gracious, Bless us all in this new year and grant us the strength to steadfast with the Quran and Sunnah; and make a lot of Amal or Good deeds to others. May Allah grant us good health and also to our family and the whole Ummah. May Allah grant us a lot of wealth in this new year and years to come. Amin.

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5 Comments so far

  1. En Arip on January 10th, 2008

    Hi Rosli,

    I came across your link at my shoutbox. I am actually looking for a long-lost friend with the same name, Rosli Hanif @ Hanip… I am wondering if you could be that person.

    I went to school with that Rosli at Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Setapak. And that Rosli’s last known address was somewhere in SS14 Subang Jaya. Is that you?

    Hope my 20-year search for him is over! Thanks!

    Aarif

  2. roslimh on January 15th, 2008

    @Arip

    yup it is me…wow!…what a technology huh! mcm jejak kasih but this is via a blog and the internet. so it is a proof that internet, if use wisely, will benefits the humankind. so any free time let’s meet at Surau Al Hikmah SS18 or at Masjid Al-Falah USJ10, insyaAllah.

  3. Asnah Sapari on December 13th, 2009

    W’salam En. Rosli, Amin Amin Ya Robbal Alamin, dan tk atas doa yg diberi. Semoga Allah merestui doa dan harapan kita umat Islam semua ni.

    DOA IKAN NUN
    =========
    ‘LAA ILAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA INNI KUNTU MINALZHAALIMIIN’ (bacalah 21 kali dalam sujud selepas solat hajat 2 rakaat)…

    “Rakan-rakan ayuh kita ajak seberapa ramai kenalan bermukim di Al-Hikmah group ini. Untuk kita sama-sama kongsikan akan kisah-kisah Nabi, cerita pengajaran agama untuk kita tatkala di zaman yang penuh pancaroba ini. Kalau berdiskusi mengenai dunia, business, hiburan, bola kita dengan senang hari menyahut seruan. Apa salahnya di Al-Hikmah ini kita sama-sama bicarakan mengenai diri kita, keluarga kita, sahabat kita supaya mendekati agama Allah SWT yang suci ini”…Rosli Hanip

    Dengaan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Mengasihani. Segala Puji-pujian hanya bagi Allah. Tuhan sekelian alam. Selawat dan salam atas junjungan besar nabi Muhamad saw juga kepada ahli keluarga dan keturunan baginda sekeliannya. Saya bersyukur ke hadrat Allah SWT dan berterima kasih kepada encik Rosli, krn berjaya menyalurkan Info agama dngn ikhlas menerusi Al Hikmah utk faedah umat Islam semua.

    Ruangan ini juga dibuka utk membicarakan apa jg kebaikan dan manfaat yg boleh dikongsi bersama. Sy menyokong 100%. Sungguhnya Allah Maha Pengasih lagi Penyayang kepada kita semua. Semoga ianya mendapat sambutan yg menggalakkan. Tk.

  4. Humaira on December 6th, 2010

    Wud like to share his entry. Syukran wa jazakallah….

  5. roslimh on December 7th, 2010

    Salam Humaira,

    Yes you could share it and appreciate if you link back here and at our Surau blog, another interesting topic have been uploaded by Admin Al-Hikmah. Read it at http://www.alhikmahsj.com/ and hope you like it too :)

    Wassalam and Salam Maal Hijrah.

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