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.
Ghanian Abdullah's dream to go to Hajj comes true . Allah calls to hajj whom he wills. Al-Hassan Abdullah, a poor Ghanaian villager whose story went viral on Turkish social media .A turkey news channel was recording a video with their drone and eventually this drone fell in front of this old man's house.The journalist ran to get the drone back and saw it in the old man's hand . He innocently asked the Turkish film crew flying a drone with a camera in his village in Ghana if they had "a bigger one of this that would take him to [Saudi Arabia]" where millions of Muslims go every year for the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage. As his story went viral on social media, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu intervened and helped arrange a hajj journey for Abdullah, who is impoverished. He arrived in Istanbul from Accra on Friday and ... Continue reading
Why is the first "10 days of Dhul Hijja "the Best Days of Islamic year Allaah has preferred the first 10 days of dhul hijja over all the other days of the year.This is evident from the following Hadeeths. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?" He said, "Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457). Also (Reported by al-Daarimi, 1/357; its isnaad is hasan as stated in al-Irwaa’, 3/398). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning)"That they might witness things that ... Continue reading
The city of Long Beach, California, will pay $85,000 to settle a 2016 lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman after an officer forcibly removed kirsty Powell's hijab, or headscarf, when she was in police custody. The incident started when Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by police for driving a "low rider" car, according to the lawsuit. Powell was the passenger, but was arrested after police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident.Powell's husband requested a female officer handle the arrest, according to the suit, but the arresting officers denied the request and told Powell she had to remove her hijab. Powell spent the night in prison without her headscarf. It was returned when her husband posted her bond.The lawsuit states Powell was "forced to appear in a publicly available booking photo without her religious headwear." Adding," As a result of the foregoing deprivations of ... Continue reading
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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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