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Muharram/Islamic New Year in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims may make a special effort to fast, pray or think about their deeds on the first, ninth and 10th or first, 10th and 11th days of the month.

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Muharram/Islamic New Year

Muharram/Islamic New Year 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Muharram/Islamic New Year 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
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Muharram is the month at the beginning of the Islamic year. Some Muslims mark the start of the Islamic year on the first day of Muharram. Others start to prepare for the Day of Ashura on the tenth day of the month. This observance applies to Muslims worldwide, including the United Kingdom.

Man Reading Quran

Many Muslims engage in prayer or take extra time to read the Koran during the month of Muharram.

©iStockphoto.com/Samina Imran

What do people do?

Some Muslims in the United Kingdom take time on the first day of the month of Muharram to reflect on their lives and to think how they can improve them. Many Muslims also spend time in prayer or fast during daylight hours to prepare for the Day of Ashura on the tenth day of the month. Some Muslims fast during the hours of daylight on the ninth and 10th or first, 10th and 11th days of Muharram to commemorate that Noah left the ark and that God saved Moses from the Egyptians.

Some Shi'a Muslims beat or whip themselves as part of a mourning ritual for Husayn ibn Ali on the Day of Ashura (Ashurah). This practice is rare in the United Kingdom. Some religious leaders encourage Muslims who feel that they should lose some blood on this day to donate blood to the blood transfusion service.

Public life

None of the days of Muharram are bank holidays in the United Kingdom. Many Muslim pupils at state schools can get permission to have a day off school to observe the Day of Ashura.

Background

Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar. The tenth day is known as the Day of Ashura and commemorates that Noah left the ark and that God saved Moses from the Egyptians. For Shi'a Muslims, the Day of Ashura is also a day of mourning for Husayn ibn Ali. Husayn ibn Ali was a grandson of the Prophet Muhammed and was martyred in 680 CE at Karbala, currently in Iraq.

Symbols

Some Muslims eat a symbolic meal or dessert on the Day of Ashura, known as Noah's pudding. The ingredients may include water, grains, pulses, fresh and dried fruit, salt and honey. The dish may be garnished with orange or lemon rind, spices, nuts and pomegranate seeds. Muslims are urged to enjoy the dish and to share it with their neighbors.

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Muharram/Islamic New Year Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueJul 241990Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatJul 131991Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuJul 21992Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonJun 211993Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriJun 101994Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedMay 311995Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunMay 191996Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriMay 91997Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueApr 281998Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatApr 171999Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuApr 62000Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonMar 262001Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriMar 152002Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedMar 52003Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunFeb 222004Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuFeb 102005Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueJan 312006Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatJan 202007Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuJan 102008Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonDec 292008Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriDec 182009Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedDec 82010Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunNov 272011Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuNov 152012Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueNov 52013Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatOct 252014Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuOct 152015Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonOct 32016Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriSep 222017Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedSep 122018Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunSep 12019Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuAug 202020Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 

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