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The New Hijri Year Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Culture

The new Hijri year (1432) started on the 7th of December 2010. The word Hijri is derived from the word Hijra (emigration of Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina.) This is considered the beginning of the establishment of the Islamic state.

The beginning of the Hijri year is often celebrated in many ways. Sufi traditions hold special celebrations that include reciting the Quran, giving religious speeches and singing Islamic songs. These celebrations are held in Mosques and the main ones are aired on national television.

At the family level, mothers cook special meals and make special pies for the family. Children often play with special toys made from sugar. Girls play with sugar dolls

Boys have horse and knight sugar figures.


The Hijri months are listed below:

Muḥarram محرّم

Ṣafar صفر

Rabīʿ al-Awwal ربيع الأوّل

Rabīʿ al-Thānī (or Rabīʿ al-Ākhir) ربيع الآخر أو ربيع الثاني

Jumādā al-Ūlā جمادى الأولى

Jumādā al-Thānī (or Jumādā al-Ākhirah) جمادى الآخرة أو جمادى الثانية

Rajab رجب

Shaʿbān شعبان

Ramaḍān رمضان

Shawwāl شوّال

Dhū al-Qaʿda ذو القعدة

Dhū al-Ḥijja ذو الحجة

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  1. Laiba:

    Assalam o alaikum!
    Can I please know what’s the source of this information?