Thursday, February 10, 2005

Happy New Year

Today is the first day of the new Islamic year. It is the year 1426 of Hegirah. Hegirah literally means 'emigration'. It is the calendar used by Muslims to mark their anniversaries. The year, according to this calendar, consists of 12 lunar months and, as a result, 354 days.

The Hegirah calendar is based on the emigration of Prophet Mohammed of Islam from Mecca to Medina (622 AD). The western references use the word (flight) to describe the journey made by Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, which I comprehend as an offensive one.

Regardless of considering him a prophet or not, he is a man who managed to set out a new way of life in one of the most Bedouin communities. I can imagine what kind of social troubles he faced to declare his ideas, when I deal with people of nowadays Bedouin background.

Anyhow, I view him as one of great persons in mankind history, since he succeeded to plant new ideas, managed to change his society, and walked the first step in the way of establishing one of the great empires in history.

I think that one should evaluate great figures according to earthly standards first, and it's up to him/her to add spiritual, moral or any other qualities to these figures. More important is not to compel others to agree to your point of view.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

I always enjoy your posts, and waiting for the "to be continued"


10:17 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Yes...happy new year.

I have read extensively on the creation of Islam and Muhammed's life. It is very interesting, just like reading about Jesus (from a secular point of view) or even Soloman or Alexander the great and roman empires, etc.

He was actually very smart and very aware of the situation around him.

From my study, it appears that, while not learned in letters as we think of "learned", he was astute in business and knew when to take advantage of certain trends. He learned most of this while traveling with his uncle in trade caravans and then later working for his future wife Kadiesha. This is where he met many religious scholars and such from other religious sects which helped him to develop his understanding of "one God".

I reckon that, historically, he did as much for unifying the arab tribes as say Phillip of macedonia was able to do in uniting the Greek city states.

I hope that you share more information with us IBN, it is very interesting to know how things that I read actually take place in every day life.

10:14 AM  
Blogger 2Slick said...

Happy New Year, Ibn!!!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Gadfly said...

Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous new year.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Trevor Stanley said...

Happy New Year Ibn al-Rafidain!

The concept of 'hijra' was something I looked at when writing my thesis, so it was interesting reading your words on that.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Joe Rose said...

Thanks for the time, thought and effort you put in on your blog. I enjoy reading your point of view. Best wishes for your new year.

4:17 PM  

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