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Northern Nigerian States Declare Public Holiday to Mark Islamic New Year



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The governments of Borno and Yobe states in Northern Nigeria have officially declared a public holiday in celebration of the Islamic New Year. The Acting Governor of Borno, Umar Kadafur, made the announcement, designating Monday, July 8, as a day off. This day marks the beginning of the new Islamic year, known as Muharram, in the Hijrah calendar.

The significance of Hijrah, the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD, is a central aspect of the Islamic New Year. Muharram is revered as one of the four sacred months in the Islamic calendar as decreed by Allah in the Holy Quran.

In his statement, Kadafur extended well-wishes to Muslims in Borno and globally, hoping for a year of peace, harmony, and productivity. He emphasized the value of moderation, piety, tolerance, respect, dignity, and patriotism, which are core principles to reflect on during this period.

The Acting Governor encouraged the Muslim Ummah to maintain peaceful coexistence with followers of other faiths, promoting unity, generosity, and mercy among humanity. This holiday serves as an opportunity for Muslims to unite in reflection, prayer, and celebration of the new Islamic year.

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