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Al-Hijra begins at sunset

July 18

Al-Hijra: Muslim New Years Day

Al-Hijra, the first day of the month of Muharram, marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year.

Muhammed’s popularity was seen as threatening by the people in power in Mecca, and so Muhammad took his followers on a journey from Mecca to Medina in 622. This journey is called the Hijra h(migration) and the event was seen as so important for Islam that 622 is the year in which the Islamic calendar begins.



July 18
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“And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict