This year, thanks to an unusual calendar quirk Muslims and Jews can wish each other happy new year on the same day. Though they differ in many ways, both religions are ‘Abrahamic’ and share many similarities with recurring themes of repentance and renewal and practices of fasting and purification common to the two. Here is a look at what they are both about.
Islamic New Year : Muharram
Islamic festival dates fall in different dates each year :The Islamic calendar is lunar-based and is 11-12 days shorter than the solar-based Gregorian calendar. This is why the Islamic New Year falls on a different Gregorian calendar date each year.
Muslims the world over are commemorating the 1438th Islamic or ‘Hijri’ New Year. Sunset on October 2 this year marked the beginning of the holy month of Muharram .
Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashnanah
The Jewish (Hebrew) Calendar is based on luni-solar cycles and can have anywhere from 353 to 385 days in a year. It marks ‘the creation’ which is believed to have happened around 3760 BC. Rosh Hashnanah or ‘Yom Teruah’ is a two-day-celebration of the Jewish New Year for people, animals and contracts. It translates as ‘Feast of Trumpets’ and is the first of the Jewish ‘High Holy Days’. Rosh Hashnanah is the first day of the month of Tishrei and is said to be the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Like Muslim festivals the day begins at sunset the evening before.
A harmonious interaction between Jews and Muslims could once be found in a tradition from Morocco. For hundreds of years, Jews would bring Muslims the ‘first bread’ with which to break their final Ramadan fast. Similarly, Muslims would bring their Jewish neighbours their first taste of bread when the Passover festival had ended.
It seems that thanks to the coinciding of the two events this year, similar interactions are taking place around the world.
Khalil Abdur-Rashid appointed as first Muslim Chaplain in harvard Khalil Abdur-Rashid, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University and co-founder of the Islamic Seminary of America, has been appointed Harvard’s Muslim chaplain, the University announced today. He will begin his role on July 5. “Khalil brings a remarkable combination of skills to the Harvard community. He has a deep knowledge of Islamic sciences, combines academic strength with experience as an imam and as a social worker, and is strongly grounded in the culture of the United States and of the U.S. Muslim community,” said Ousmane Kane, professor of Islamic studies, who chaired the search. “Beyond his skills and experience, he is a warm and welcoming person who exudes a sense of caring and of optimism. Khalil will provide much-needed support to Muslim students across the University and, like other chaplains, he will work not just with his ... Continue reading
100 Personal Dua Assalamu Alaikum . I am Aafia . In My Previous Post I talked about my amazement when I learned that Majority of us do not know how to make Dua . I shared with you my notes of " the Art of Invoking Allah via his beautiful names . "And Many of you found it useful, Alhumdulillah ! Today I have One more Surprise for You . Do you know that "Allah is angry with People who do not make Dua "?(Quran:Ghafir-40:60). And just reading out Arabic Dua without knowing its meaning is not enough . When you do not know what are you asking to Allah how will you have the yaqeen that Allah fulfills all Dua? Dua cannot be done in a distracted manner, as the Prophet has said in a Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira: Make Dua and be assured of being answered, and know that Allah ... Continue reading
Qiyamul lail Prayer from Mecca 2017 of the last 10 days of Ramadan Qiyam' means 'standing' and 'Qiyam al-Layl' means 'standing in night.' In the Islamic terminology, both terms refer to 'the voluntary night prayer, whose time extends from after 'Ishaa’ (evening) prayer until dawn.' Qiyam al-Layl is also known as Tahajjud prayer seeking Laylatul Qadr. Prophet SAW has said: “You should pray Qiyaam al-Layl, for it is the habit of the righteous people who came before you, and it will bring you closer to your Lord, expiate for bad deeds, prevent sin, and expel disease from the body.”[At-Tirmithi and Ahmad] In Sha Allah in this Qiyamul Lail Series ,you will able to witness the Qiyamul Lail Prayer of Ramadan 2017 from Mecca (Masjid Al Haram ) Tahajjud / Qiyamul Lail Prayer from Masjid Al-Haram Makkah – From Ramadan 21, 1438 (June 15, 2017) w/ English Subtitle Please Expand the Menu ... Continue reading
I am Aafia an ilm Seeker who seeks to Spread the beauty of Islam .Prophet Muhammad(SAW) has advised :"Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people" - (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 107 ).
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i wish we all could exist in peace and harmony. For many years throughout history Muslims, Jews, Chrisitans and other faiths existed alongside each other without hatred and war. we could take a lesson from that. May ALLAH azza wajal grant us goodness. ameen
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