New Delhi : Followed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announcement that the first day of Muharram 1444 AH (Anno Hegirae in Latin or “in the year of the Hijra”) will be on Saturday, July 30, 2022, All India Muslim Federation (AIMF) National President M.A.Mujeeb who is also the Chancellor (National Convener) of Rashtriya Jana Parishad (RJP) said.
All India Muslim Federation wishes all Muslims of the world (only friendly nations) in general and the Indian Muslim in particular a happy new year 1444 AH that begins from Saturday, the first of day of Moharram (Islamic month)
The crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the new Islamic year-1444 AH, could not be seen in th world including Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening and Friday taken as granted the beginning of 1444 AH.
According to the Ummul Qura calendar (Hijri calendar), Friday, July 29, 2022, will be the last of the Islamic year- 1443 AH and the 30th day of Zul Hijjah.
Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic new year or the Hijri new year. The Hijri calendar consists of Moharram, Safar, Rabbi Al Awwal, Rabbi Al Thani, Jumada Al Oula, Jumada Al Akhira, Rajjab, Shabaan, Ramadan, Shawwal, Dhul Qidah and Zhul Hijjah Islamic months, Mujeeb added
The Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of twelve months beginning with Muharram, and ending with Zul Hijjah. Each month starts with the sighting of the moon Mujeeb added.
The calendar has been observed for more than 1,440 years and is used to date important Islamic events including the start of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and the beginning of Haj pilgrimage, Mujeeb added.
The new Hijri year begins with the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions from Makkah to Madinah in 622 AD after they were repeatedly persecuted and threatened, AIMF President M.A Mujeeb added.
The migration is considered one of the most important events in Islamic history was chosen as the starting point for the calendar in 639 AD by Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second caliph, AIMF President M.A Mujeeb added..
How is it observed? : Most of the Muslim-majority nations have declared a public holiday to commemorate the occasion. These include the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Tunisia. Some Sunni Muslims mark the day by voluntarily fasting, AIMF President M.A Mujeeb added.
The first ten days of Muharram hold great significance for Muslims-especially Shia Muslims- who mourn the death of Hussain Ibn Ali al-Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad who was killed in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD, AIMF President M.A Mujeeb added.
The death of al-Hussain took place on the tenth day of Muharram, widely known as Ashura. It is commemorated by Shia Muslims in many ways, including through public expressions of mourning and a visit to the shrine of al-Hussain in Karbala, Iraq the Chancellor of Rashtriya Jana Parishad (www.janaparishad.com) said.
The day of Ashura also holds importance because it was when Prophet Nuh (Noah) left the ark and the day Musa was saved from the pharaoh of Egypt by God, Rashtriya Jana Parishad National Convener MA Mujeeb who is also called Chancellor of Jana Parishad said.
Mujeeb appealed Muslims to educate their children inculcate a habit and use Islamic colander and Islamic dates in their letters and communications with their relatives and Friends. Muslims can also use Muslim Calendar days in the Petitions to the Provincial (State) Government authorities where Urdu is recognized as the official language so that Islam and Urdu can be promoted by remembrance.