Islamic New Year, First of Muharram (18 - 19 July 2023)

This week sees the first day of Muharram, the first and one of the holy months for many Muslims according to the Islamic calendar, tentatively beginning at sunset on Tuesday 18 July (there may be one-day variation depending on the sighting of the Crescent Moon). Muharram includes several significant observances for Muslims, including Ashura, on the tenth day, which signifies differently for Sunni and Shia communities.

We are pleased to share a reflection on what the Islamic New Year means for one of our colleagues, Asfandyar Khan Zahid, who, while based in the University’s central Project Management Office, currently sits in the Faculty offices in Nexus.

The Faculty Executive wishes all who observe the start of the Islamic New Year this week a period of peace and happiness.

Andrew van der Vlies
Deputy Dean People and Culture, Faculty of ABLE

Islamic New Year, also known as Hijri New Year, marks the start of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims remember the migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Mecca to Medina, called the Hijra. This event is historically significant and has deep meaning for Muslims around the world.

During Islamic New Year, I take time to think about myself and set goals for the upcoming year. I reflect on the past, think about the present, and hope for a better future. The beginning of the Islamic year encourages us to look inside ourselves, be grateful for what we have, and strengthen our faith and values.

Celebrating Islamic New Year brings a sense of unity and purpose to the global Muslim community. We come together to remember the challenges and successes of Prophet Muhammad. We learn from his teachings of kindness, fairness, and compassion.

I believe that by understanding and appreciating different cultural and religious events, we create a more inclusive and respectful academic community. I agree that sharing reflections on occasions like Islamic New Year helps us understand each other better and will help build connections among colleagues.

Asfandyar Khan Zahid
Senior Business Analyst, Project Management Office

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