On the occasion of 1st Muharram 1430H which falls today, I would like to take the opportunity to wish a joyous and happy 1430H Awwal Muharram (or Maal Hijrah, the Muslim New Year) to all Muslims who are reading my blog as well as to the whole Muslim ummah around the world.
Some background information in order to understand its significance.
Maal Hijrah, which is also called Awwal Muharam, is an important day for Muslim. It falls on the first day of Muharam on every Muslim calendar year, which is the first day on Muslim calendar.
The meaning of Maal Hijrah in English is “migration”. On this day, Muslims remember the migration of the Prophet Muhammad (P) from Makkah to Medina on the year 622 A.D. Maal Hijrah also symbolically signifies a change from bad to good side and can be said as a starting point to evaluate inner-self on self-achievement.
Awwal means “beginning” in English and Muharram is the first month of Muslim calendar. In other words, this is the first day in Muslim calendar. Therefore, this is also the new year for all Muslims. To signify this occasion, Muslims attend to various religious activities, spiritual singing, and religious meeting throughout the country. This day has become an important religious day for all Muslims.
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A most blessed and a happy New Year of 1429H to all Muslims around the world. In commemoration of this auspicious occassion, this blog will be taking a break for one day. Insha’allah, this blogger will be back tomorrow.
Alhamdulillah in just a few hours’ time, we will see the coming of the New Year dawning upon us, insha’allah. I do not have any New Year Resolutions planned for the coming year, only that I hope that things will be better than before for me and my fledging online business, insha’allah. Perhaps I’ll draw up a short list of what I will strive to do and what I expect will be the outcome in a short while when the New Year approaches.
A Happy New Year, everyone!
Its not a “new year”, or at least not according to the Islamic calender which you can see tabulated on your right. So 1st January 2008 has no real value or any meaning to me, if at all. But hey, if screaming “Happy New Year” and seeing fireworks shooting up into the sky (and a whole lot of mess to clean up later) rocks your boat, who am I to argue?
After all, some unknown pagan year of the Half-Naked Man Swinging From A Roman Cross means shit to me. Even shit has more value than the so-called “year” in question.