Astro-Hijri Calendar

The Astro-Hijri is an attempt to revive the centuries-old legacy and initiate conversations around the Hijri calendar, here we explore and merge the relationship between religion and science.

The calendar puts together the Hijri dates on the Gregorian Calendar, thereby demarcating the lunar cycles corresponding to the Hijri months.

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What is a Hijri Calendar?

The hijri Calendar is a lunar based Calendar. It consists of 12 months, and the beginning of each month is determined by the sighting of a new moon. It used to mark important events for Muslims such as the month of fasting, the month of the Holy pilgrimage, Hajj, etc.

Why is it called Hijri?

The Calendar was found 17 years after Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ emigration (Hijrah) from Mecca to Madina with 70 other Muslims, thus called Hijri.

Who and when established Hijri System of calendar?

Established in the 637/638 AD by Umar Ibn Khattab ‎رضي الله عنه , the second caliph, the Calendar was found 17 years after Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ emigration (Hijrah) from Mecca to Madina with 70 other Muslims. Umar ‎رضي الله عنه realised the need of having their own Islamic Calendar and system of signifying dates and important events for the Muslims.

Is the Hijri Calendar different from the Lunar calendar?

The lunar calendar is based on astronomical calculations with each year adding up to about 354.37 days, while in the Hijri Calendar start of each month is based on the sighting of the moon.

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