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November 05, 2013
Muharram is Islamic New Year’s Day. Some Muslims choose to fast and give to charity during this month. The Shi'a and Sunni denominations of Islam attach different weights to these events and mark them in different ways. The first day of the month, al-Hijra, remembers the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE. It also marks the beginning of the ten-day Shi’ite Remembrance of Muharram, a period of intense grief and mourning of the martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad.—Source: PBS "Religion & Ethics" Multifaith CalendarClick here for more information.