Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Wishing a Happy and Blessed New Hijri Year 1439 a.h. and wishing to all Jews around the World a Happy and Blessed Rosh Hashanah!
Muslim New Year
The Hijri (Islamic Calendar) New Year begins on the First Day of the month of Muharram, which this year will begin at sunset, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, marking the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year 1439 A.H., also known as Ras as-Sanah.
The first Islamic year began in 622 AD which marks the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijrah. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar. It is considered to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. In this important month, significant events took place throughout history. Many individuals fast on the 9th, 10th, and 11th day of the month of Muharram.
Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is translated as “head of the year” and is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This is considered to be a time of devotion and prayer to the Almighty to decree a long, spiritually enriching life, as well as good health and prosperity to all. Rosh Hashanah will be observed this year from sunset, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, through sundown, Friday, September 22, 2017, marking the beginning of year 5778. During this time period, the Jewish religion strictly prohibits many activities such as going to work, writing, turning lights on or off, riding in a car and carrying items such as a cell phone, driver’s license, credit cards and money.