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