Thursday, 15 November 2012

Celebrating A Migration And A New Beginning

Today, we Muslims celebrates the first day of the first month in the Islamic calendar. The day, Awal Muharram; means the beginning (awal - early) of the month of Muharram.

Do you know that the Islamic calendar, just like the lunar calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar? With only 354 days per calendar year, it results in the months moving up approximately two weeks forward each year. Next year's Awal Muharram will fall on 4th or 5th November 2014.

The other term for Awal Muharram is Maal Hijrah; which means migration. The day is also significant to the Muslim community as it coincides to the day of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W's journey from Mecca to Madinah on the first of Muharram.

Celebration for the day is rather low-key and consists of religious activities, and different from the way we celebrate AidilFitri or AidilAdha. For most of the population in Malaysia though, today just means a public holiday and extra day off from work.

Today, (or rather from yesterday's sunset) marks the start of the year 1434 AH. It also marks a new start or chapter in our lives. I'm opening a new chapter with the start of the new year. If I have done you wrong in the previous year, I beg your forgiveness. Likewise, I will not hold anything against you too. ^^

Can't resist to put this up too:
A 5K running event organised by JAWI (Wilayah Persekutuan Religious Department) on 25th November. Click on the link for further details but actually, registration for the run closes today.

Since I can't stop yakking about running; here are two photos at last week's World Diabetes Day 5K Walkathon & 10K Fun run taken by Tey. Thanks Tey!
Son, walking towards the finish line. He did a 5K walk and he got a medal to boot.
His Mommy was so proud! ^^

17 comments:

  1. Abundant blessings upon you and your family on this very auspicious day!

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  2. Happy New Islamic Year kak Lina n family... Have a safe journey to Penang ok... Cant wait to do makanthon there b4 the D day... Creepy lot!!!

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    1. Makanthon lepas marathon la... Kang berat bwk perut lak. Kekeke

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  3. LOL....form 6 ada belajar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. migration but dah lupa already.

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    1. last time syok syok read sejarah Islam coz it's easiest subject.

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    2. So sure must score la, right? :-D

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  4. i was wondering what's another public holiday again within the same week.. and finally found out it's Awal Muharram..

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    1. i recall i knew the meaning of Awal Muharram last time and thanks for reminding that because i sort of forgotten what it means after i came out of school, haha~~ :D

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    2. good, i know those explanation is more for Ruruoshua, but then thanks for that i read them and have a better understanding already.. :)

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    3. No more public holiday after seal muharram until Christmas day though. Booohooo!!!

      Not only for Ru. This post serves as a reminder for myself too about the significance of the day. :-)

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  5. fuyoh, happy happy lah you.. doing so many runs in this month.. somemore got suami dan anak to make you company..

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    1. I won't go if my hubby and son don't come along. I won't leave them behind (although maybe they hope I do) if/when I enter all the runs I signed up for. :-P

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  6. It's a new year already for you guys? Well, then, have a good one ... and all is forgiven for both the past year and the next couple of years. All = asking questions I can't answer + (deliberately!!!) using Malay words I don't understand + driving me nuts by posting autumn photos slooowly, one at a time. :D

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    1. thank you. I also forgive you for your posts on all the lovely and totally quirky n interesting places when you go around gallivanting n esp I forgive you for your future autumn posts n photos. :-D

      So, we're even now? As we like to say here.... Kosong kosong. means 0 - 0. Zero zero :-)

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