Awal Muharram

national and public holidays in Malaysia National holiday in Malaysia


When is Awal Muharram ?

Year Date
2018 September 11th
2017 September 22nd
2016 October 2nd
2015 October 14th
2014 October 25th
2013 November 5th
2012 November 15th
2010 December 7th
2008 December 29th
2008 January 10th

Awal Muharram is celebrated by Muslims as the day symbolises two important events in the Muslim year.

Awal means beginning in English and Muharram is the name of the first month in the Muslim calendar.

The day also coincides with the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina on the first of Muharram in 622AD.

Also known as Maal Hijrah, the occasion is celebrated on a fairly moderate scale.

To mark the occasion, Muslims attend various religious activities, spiritual singing, religious meetings throughout the country.

They recite Koranic verses and hold special prayers and sermons at public halls and mosques.

In Malaysia, a 'Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah' is awarded to a Muslim personality to honour their contribution to Islam.

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