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October 5, 2015


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Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)

Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year. It is also the start of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. Muharram is known as the “remembrance” month and is considered one of the four sacred months of the year. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. The Islamic calendar has 12 months, much like the Gregorian calendar but the year lasts only about 354 days. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter, Muharram and Islamic New Year are not on the same day of the Gregorian calendar every year.

This year Islamic New Year will likely fall on October 14th. The following dates on the Gregorian calendar correspond to the Islamic New Year for the next few years.

Islamic Year

Gregorian Date

1437 AH

14 October 2015

1438 AH

3 October 2016

1439 AH

22 September 2017

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