The Islamic New Year commences with Muharram, which is considered to be the second holiest month after Ramadan. This year falls on August 10.
The Islamic calendar consists of 12 months and 354 or 355 days, it is approximately 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. While the Muslim lunar calendar commences with Muharram, it ends with Dhul al-Hijjah.
The New Year has been observed by Muslims all over the world since 622 AD. It is believed that this is when Prophet Muhammad had migrated from Mecca to Medina to escape religious persecution. The new year is Hijri 1443 AH. It means that it has been 1443 years since Prophet Muhammad’s migration.
Islamic New Year is considered a time for prayer and reflection on the sacrifices that led to the beginning of the faith.