Hijri New Year, also known as the Islamic New Year or the Arabic New Year, marks the day when the new Hijri year begins. It is held on the day on which the year count is incremented. Each year, the first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. So when is Hijri this year and what date will it be celebrated in the UAE?
When is Hijri 2019?
This year, the Hijri year is 1441 and it will begin on Saturday, August 31 or Sunday, September 1.
Meanwhile, next year the new year is currently predicted to begin on August 19 or 20.
Islamic New Year is an important time for Muslims and it commemorates the arrival of the arrival of the new year according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
This holiday also commemorates the founding of Islam and Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina when the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, returned to Mecca after receiving a quest from Allah to spread the teachings of Islam to the world.
As Muhammad tried to spread the word of Allah in Mecca, he and his followers were shunned by a group of polytheistic pagans and tensions soon escalated between the pagans and Muslims.
Muhammad was forced to lead his people from Mecca to Medina and this pilgramage is known as the Hjira.
The first month of the new year, Muharram, is considered to be the second most holy month of the Islamic calendar, after Ramadan, during which a month-long fast is undertaken by practicing Muslims.
Muharram also marks the anniversary of the historic Battle of Karbala on October 10 680 AD where the grandson of the Prophet Muhamma was killed during the siege of Baghdad.
What date is the New Year celebration in the UAE?
The reference date of the Islamic era was established as 622 Common Era, the year when Muhammad undertook the Hijra.
While some Islamic organizations prefer determining the new month, and thereby the new year, by local sightings of the moon, nowadays, many Islamic institutions and countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, follow astronomical calculations to determine future dates of the Islamic calendar.
According to astronomers, Hijri New Year is likely to fall on Sunday, September 1, in the UAE, this year.
The UAE has already declared that the first day of Muharram, marking the Hijri New Year, will be a holiday for public and private sector workers in the country.
According to astronomers, the crescent marking the start of the Islamic month will most likely be spotted in the UAE and most of the world on August 31, which means the Hijri New Year will fall on Sunday, September 1.
The UAE’s moon sighting committee will make an official announcement about the date on the evening of Friday, August 30.