According to the Islamic lunar calendar, we are approaching the new Islamic year 1442 on 20th August, 2020. We congratulate all Muslims on this occasion and wish a new Hijri year which brings us an end of injustice, disputes and oppression. We hope the new Hijri brings us peace, justice, modesty and faith.
The new Islamic year remembers Muslims in the world on the Hijra (emigration) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Meccah to Medina, as He and His companions have been oppressed in His hometown in Meccah. In Medina the Prophet and His companions have been welcomed by the Muslims of Medina (Ansar) in friendship and gratitude. This was an occasion, which was the turmoil of the Islamic history as it marks not only the beginning of the Islamic calendar but also the beginning of an entirely new civilisation.
According to the Sufi understanding, the emigration is also considered to leave the bad and the forbidden and to strive for the good, beauty and permitted. Because the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) describes an emigrant as someone, who ceases actions, which has been forbidden by Allah (cf. al-Buḫārī Īman, 4).
In this sense, we wish everyone to take an example from the Ansar with being supportive, helpful and generous to each other and our next. May the new Hijri year be an opportunity to experience our emigrations from bad and forbidden to strive for the pleasure and closeness of Allah.