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At the time of the Hijra, the Prophet Muhammad and his companions travelled from Makkah to Medina. After being forced from their homes by Makkah’s status quo, the Prophet Muhammad found nice locals in Medinah who were united by the Message. The Prophet founded a brand-new society that was largely concerned with family, unity, and the commandment to treat one’s neighbours as siblings and never give up on the helpless.

Thus, this historic event, which has seen the founding of the Muslim community and the commencement of the Islamic calendar year, is recognized as a very significant day in history. In this article, we have gathered information about this year’s celebration of the Hijri New Year in Qatar.

Muharram 2023 in Qatar date

This year, the first day of Muharram, or Hijri New Year 2023 in Qatar will fall on the evening of July 19th.

A year in the Hijri or Islamic calendar involves 12 months and spans nearly 354 days. So, when compared with the Gregorian calendar that follows the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, the Islamic Year falls short by 10 – 11 days. Naturally, the date for the Hijri New Year shifts from year to year and doesn’t sync with the Gregorian calendar.

The sunset ushers in a new day and hence a new year. Most Islamic institutes herald the first sighting of the crescent of the new moon as the start of the new year. Exceptions to this practice include several Islamic organizations and countries such as Saudi Arabia which rely on astronomical calculations to determine the date beforehand. Accordingly, there are differences in the Hijri new year dates from one place to another.

Muharram 2022 in Qatar public holiday

Hijri New Year 2022 is not considered a public holiday in Qatar. The celebration of the Hijri New Year in Qatar is generally kept low-key.

How is Muharram celebrated in Qatar?

The start of Muharram is observed as the Islamic New Year, or Hijri New Year. As the locals celebrate the first day with loved ones, mosques hold profound holy rituals. Throughout the whole month of Muharram, people are barred from fighting with one another as they pray for prosperity for all of their good actions.

As for Kuwaitis, they assemble in the mosque to observe the Hijri New Year while attending the imam’s sermon on the background history of the Muharram. They would observe a fast to honour the month on the ninth and tenth days is also called Ashura.


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