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Why Awal Muharram is a public holiday?

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Assalamualaikum and Happy Muharram!

First of all, we would like to wish you Salam Awal Muharram. May your faith in Him brings you peace and prosperity. Have a blessed Muharram 😊

Some of you might think about what actually is “Awal Muharram” and why is it a holiday in Malaysia, right? Generally, Muslims in Malaysia will be celebrating ‘Maal Hijrah,’ or the start of the Islamic New Year, as the sun sets on August 9, 2021.

It is also known as Awal Muharram and marks the first day of the month of Muharram. It is commemorated as a public holiday in many areas of the world, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and here as a national holiday.

This Awal Muharram will mark the 1443rd year since the Islamic calendar began in 639 CE when the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. and his companions ‘Hijrah’ or moved from Mekkah to Madina in Saudi Arabia.

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The Islamic Hijrah calendar, as it is known, is a lunar-based calendar that is kept according to the phases of the moon and consists of 12 months of 29 to 30 days each, for a total of 354 to 355 days in a year. This distinguishes it from our current solar-based Gregorian calendar, which has 365 to 366 days each year.

Fun fact! In most Muslim majority nations, Fridays and Saturdays are considered weekends, whereas Sunday is the first day of the week, similar to how Kelantan, Terengganu, and Johor do it.

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Did you know, last year our Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah was awarded the ‘Tokoh Maal Hijrah’, which is also known as the national Maal Hijrah icon award for his significant contribution to Muslim society.

Guess who will be the national Maal Hijrah icon for this year?

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