Happy New Year!!!

The Muslim World celebrated its New Year on the first of Moharram 1412, which happened to fall on July 12, 1991. More importantly, however, it is a time to give thanks to God for blessing us with our health and our families. It is also extremely important at this time to realize that since a year from our lives has just passed, we are a step closer to our graves. We must prepare ourselves for the hereafter.

In 622 A.D. the Prophet was ordered by God to migrate to Yathrib, a city north of Makkah. He followed the Divine Command and left his followers for that city which is henceforth was known as 'The City of the Prophet' (Madinat al-nabi) or simply Madinah. This event was so momentous that the Islamic calendar begins with this migration (hijrah).

The literal meaning of Moharram is sacred, prohibited, and unlawful. The month is considered among the four sacred months in the Holy Quran. The Quran states in Surah Al-Tawbah (Repentance) about the 4 sacred months, the following:

"The number of months in the sight of God is twelve (in a year) - So ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred: that is the straight usage. So wrong not yourselves therein..." (Quran 9:36)

The four months referred in this Ayah were explained by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be: Zul-Qi'dah, Zul-Hijjah, Moharram, and Rajab. During these sacred months Muslims are to observe their sacredness. The Quran demanded that Muslims are not to start the fight, not to kill animals, not to hunt birds, and not to get involved in trivial things.

The Editors, along with the Directors of the Islamic Center of San Francisco, wish you a happy and prosperous year.

The Islamic Bulletin
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July / August 1991
Moharram 1412
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Quranic Miracles
Happy New Year
The Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
Women in Islam
Qur'an and Science
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam
The Islamic Calendar
Scientific Achievements
Islamic Vocabulary
The Prophet Salih
Stories of the Sahabah
Islamic Dietary Laws