When Does the Islamic New Year 2017 Begin?

Islamic New Year Crescent Moon

When Does the Islamic New Year 2017 begin? Get dates from your Almanac.

Also called Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year is the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

Various countries, Islamic denominations, and groups have different ways of determining the start of the New Year, so the date may vary with location. Traditionally, the Islamic New Year begins with the first sighting of the waxing crescent Moon (called a hilal) just after it is new in the month of Muharram. The new Moon itself is invisible; the crescent Moon may be visible a day or so afterward, but weather and other factors may delay the sighting. Some followers rely on local sighting of the crescent Moon, while others rely on global sighting criteria.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) goes by the recommendations of their affiliate, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), which does not rely on the actual sighting of the new Moon to determine the start of the new year. Instead, they follow astronomical calculations based on the rules that 1) the Moon in Makkah (Mecca) must be born (become new) before sunset and 2) the Moon in Makkah must set after sunset.

Islamic New Year Dates*

Below are the sundown dates for the Islamic New Year (First of Muharram) according to the FCNA. Probable new crescent visibility in North America may be a day or so later.

Year

First day of the Islamic New Year
according to astronomical calculations (FCNA/ISNA)

2017 Wednesday, September 20, at sundown
2018 Monday, September 10, at sundown
2019 Friday, August 30, at sundown
*NOTE: Our products are published for the United States and Canada; our reference source for the above dates is the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). Other countries, as well as certain denominations and groups within North America, may not use the same method to determine the date of Islamic New Year.

If you observe the Islamic New Year, please share your traditions below!

Tags

Reader Comments

Leave a Comment

Islamic New Year

I recall purchasing a copy of the Farmer's Almanac and being an American Muslim, always looking for any information pertaining to Islam or Muslim living. Now I am happily finding such things and it is making me very happy and will refresh my love of The Old Farmer's Almanac!
Thanks so much for being educated and not biased from unreliable media sources and the like.
Love you all,
Sophia

Informative Page

The page has very useful Information, I would recommend this page to be visited frequently. Prof. Dr. Asif Mahmood

all of muslim peoples in

all of muslim peoples in around the would you all of them A WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD PRAYER ALL MUSLIM DUE FOR FIRST MOON IN THIS MONTH AND BARKHAT REHMATH NOOR FARMAYE YA ALLAH A DUE APNAY HABEEB A PAAK SALLALAHU WASALLAM KE TUFIQ SE HAZARATH HASAN AUR HUSSAIN KE TUFAIL MAY DUE KABOOL FURMANA

AMEEN
AMEEN
AMEEN
AMEEN

Happy New year ilies

Happy New year ilies cheriet.nhabek zawji

Happy new year

Happy new year

happy new year. stay blessed

happy new year. stay blessed people

happy new year for the all

happy new year for the all muslims.

Happy new year

Happy new year

I look forward to following

I look forward to following along. I go to Egypt every year volunteering time with orphans. Love the country...adore Egyptians...was there when the second revolution took place in July and hope that peace and tolerance are restored soon.

My brother recommended I

My brother recommended I might like this website. He used to be totally
right. This publish truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info!

Thanks!

Happy New Year People and

Happy New Year People and have an awesome time

This is my new blog about

This is my new blog about Egypt
I would like to know your opinions and benefited from your experiences
http://egypt4abroad.blogspot.com/

Happy new year

Happy new year