Riyadh: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that the first day of Muharram 1444 AH (Anno Hegirae in Latin or “in the year of the Hijra”) will be on Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The court said the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of the new Islamic year-1444 AH, could not be seen in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.
According to the Ummul Qura calendar (Hijri calendar), Friday, July 29, 2022, will be the last of the Islamic year- 1443 AH and the 30th day of Zul Hijjah.
Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic new year or the Hijri new year.
The Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of twelve months beginning with Muharram, and ending with Zul Hijjah. Each month starts with the sighting of the moon.
The calendar has been observed for more than 1,440 years and is used to date important Islamic events including the start of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and the beginning of Haj pilgrimage.