The Celebration Of Islamic New Year- Hijra

The Celebration Of Islamic New Year- Hijra

Hijra that is also known as Islamic New Year is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the Islamic history. Did you know that Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world? If we talk about the meaning of the Arabic root word, it means purity, peace, obedience, and submission. From the perspective of a religious context, we can say that Islam is all about the ‘Voluntary submission to God’. Kaaba that is located in Mecca is one of the religious places for Islamic followers and they should visit this place once in their life.

Every year, almost 3 million Muslim followers across the globe visit this place. Anyway, Islam is a very broad religion and there are so many elements that have an inextricable connection with this religion. So, you might be thinking why we are only dragging these particular things. Actually, here, we are going to talk about the Islamic New Year that is also known as the Hijra of Hijrah. As per the Islamic calendar, the Islamic New year or Hijra will occur on the 9th of August in 2021.

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When Dhuʻl-Hijjah comes to an end and Hajj season is gone, Muslim followers mark the end of the Islamic year. On the very first day of Muharram, the Islamic New Year begins. Muslims have been following the Hijri calendar for the past 1400 years. It is a very special calendar that actually begins in the Hijra year of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Hijra is one of the significant moments in the entire Islamic history. It refers to the migration of Prophet Muhammad to Madinah from Makkah. It is a fact that prior to this migration, Muslims living in Makkah suffered from severe persecution because they were following the religion of Islam. They were actually abused, boycotted to the outskirts of Makkah just because they are following the beliefs of Islam. They were forced to live a life that was infused with torture and many horrible conditions.

The story of migration is very interesting. As we are talking about the Islamic New Year- Hijra, we must cover it. Most people in the 21st century could not even imagine what they were going through. They experienced those horrible conditions for years. Gradually, it became almost impossible for them to put up with this situation and therefore, they were in search of a safe place where they could freely observe their religion in security and peace.

This distant hope turned into a reality when a group of people in Yathrib started embracing Islam.
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