Next Monday the western world will start a new year: 2018.
However, 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide are still in 1439 AH and the Islamic New Year doesn’t start until September 2018.
The first Islamic year began in 622 AD with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. Thus the Islamic new year is sometimes called Hijri New Year, written in Arabic like this رأس السنة الهجرية and pronounced as Raʼs al-Sanah al-Hijrīyah.
The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The other months are:
- Rabi’ al-awwal
- Rabi’ al-Thani
- Jumada al-awwal
- Jumada al-Thani
- Dhu al-Qidah
- Dhu al-Hijjah
A few years ago, I found this wonderful way to explain the two calendars to my children.
I am so pleased that the author, Latifah Ibrahi, has created a new one, free for download here.
Don’t forget to support this wonderful business who is offering this service.