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October 2 marks Islamic New Year and the Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H.) journey from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D.

Compared to Western calendars, the Islamic year goes backwards by about 11 days every year.

Coming Soon in UAE team wishes all the United Arab Emirates peace and happiness in this blessed occasion.

To mark the occasion, Muslims attend various religious activities, spiritual singing, religious meetings throughout the country. The traditions and customs for Muharram vary for Shia and Sunni Muslims.

For both, the marking of the beginning of the new year is usually quiet, unlike New Year’s celebrations associated with other calendars. It is a time for Muslims to reflect on the passing of time and their own mortality.

Muslims gather in mosques for special prayers and readings. They recite Koranic verses and hold special prayers and sermons at public halls and mosques.

The New Year itself is known to Muslims as Maal Hijra.

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