Wish all of our Muslim and Jewish friends a Happy and Healthy New Year!
This year Muslim and Jewish New Year happens to be at the same time. Let’s continue the journey of reconciliation and peace….
Muslim New Year
The Hijri (Islamic Calendar) New Year begins on the First Day of the month of Muharram, which this year will be on October 2, 2016 marking the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year 1438 A.H., also known as Ra’sus-Sanah (head of the year).
The first Islamic year began in 622 AD which marks the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijrah. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar. It is considered to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. In this important month, significant events took place throughout history. Many individuals fast on the 9th, 10th, and 11th day of the month of Muharram.
Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is translated as “head of the year” and is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This is considered to be a time of devotion and prayer to the Almighty to decree a long, spiritually enriching life, as well as good health and prosperity to all. Rosh Hashanah will be observed this year from sunset, Sunday October 2 through sundown, Tuesday October 4, 2016 marking the beginning of year 5777. During this time period, the Jewish religion strictly prohibits many activities such as going to work, writing, turning lights on or off, riding in a car and carrying items such as a cell phone, driver’s license, credit cards and money.
Note: when the Prophet Muhammad pbuh moved to Madinah he found the Jewish people fasting the 9th of Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar. He asked them on why they fast the day? The Jewish answered that that is the day when Allah saved Moses and his people from Fir’aun (Pharoh). Prophet Muhammad responded: we Muslims have the right to follow Moses even more. So please do fast the 9th of Muharram. Later he added the 10th of Muharram too.
This shows how Islam and Judaism are connected to its origin: Common God of the heaven and the earth.
From a post by Imam Shamsi Ali