When is Awal Muharram ?
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.