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Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year, begins at sundown

August 9, 2021

Al-Hijra: Muslim New Years Day

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

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


August 9, 2021
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“Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict