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Celebrating the Islamic New Year with Gratitude and Remembrance

Celebrating the Islamic New Year with Gratitude and Remembrance

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    As the Islamic New Year dawns upon us, Muslims around the world embark on a journey of reflection, gratitude, and remembrance. It is a time for Muslims to commemorate the past, express gratitude for blessings, and seek spiritual growth. 

    Muharram is also one of the four sacred months. Within it, is also a virtuous day, the day of Ashura. Muslims around the world are encouraged to fast on this day. One of the greatest virtues of fasting on this day is that it expiates the sins of the previous year. 

    When is the Islamic New Year?

    The Islamic New Year, also known as Hijri New Year begins on the first of Muharram, marking the beginning of the lunar calendar which is 354 days long. This year, the Islamic new year falls on Wednesday 19 July in the Gregorian calendar. 

    What do Muslims do for Islamic New Year?

    Reflecting on the past year

    The arrival of the new Islamic year provides an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on the past year and the lessons learned. It is a time to assess our spiritual growth, personal development, the challenges we have overcome, and the countless blessings we have received. Many Muslims opt to spend the last few days in the masjid or on their prayer mat, repenting and remembering Allah, although this is not a specific act for the beginning of Muharram.

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    Express Gratitude 

    Gratitude is an essential aspect of our everyday routine. We as Muslims recite our daily adkhaar for mornings and evenings, consistently praising Allah swt for bestowing upon us the endless blessings we receive. Gratitude can be shown through acts of worship, through verbal speech, and through charitable acts such as how we treat one another. 

    Allah swt says “O you who believe, remember Allah with much remembrance”. Dhikr is light on the tongue but heavy on the scale. As we go through the day working or running errands and being busy with our family, what we can busy our tongues with is the remembrance of Allah. 


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    Plan for new year

    After reflecting on the highs and lows of the year that has passed, a productive Muslim then moves onto planning for the year ahead. Research shows, that if goals are not defined and realistic, it will be hard to reach. Choose SMART goals, and write them down. Make it visual. Do not forget to write a deadline for when you want to reach this goal, as it provides pressure to get it done. 

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    Seeking Spiritual Growth

    As Muslims, we know the shortness of this life and the permanence of the next life. Hence, we are always battling our priorities and trying to find a healthy balance between our religious and worldy goals. 

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    When is the Islamic new year? 

    The date of the Islamic new year changes slightly each year, as the lunar calender is shorter than the gregorian calendar. This year the Islamic new year falls on Wednesday 19 July 2023. 

    What is special about Muharram? 

    Not only is Muharram the first month in the Islamic calender, it is also a sacred month. Also, on the 10th day of Muharram, it is the day of Ashura, in which Muslims are encouraged to fast. 

    What holidays do Muslims celebrate? 

    The two holidays muslims are encouraged to celebrate are the two Eids, Eid ul-fitr and Eid ul-Adha, which occur after Ramadan and after the first nine days of dhul hijjah. 

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