Celebrate Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year 1442

Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year, marks the beginning of Islam using a lunar calendar.

Al Hijra 2020

The Muslim New Year 1442 is Sunset, Wednesday-Thursday, August 19-20, 2020.

Muslim years start at the beginning of Islam when the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE.


Al-Hijra is not a major holiday. There are no special rules to follow.


Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar, is a solemn sacred month.

The tenth day of Muharram is an important day in Islam. It is commemorated differently by Sunni, Shia and Sufi Muslims.

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