His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has shared an important message to mark the Hijri New Year. Taking to Twitter, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai outlined what can be learned from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 1,443 years ago as he migrated from Makkah to Madinah. Today, August 10 (Muharram 1), would mark the first day of the year 1443 according to the Hijri calendar. Sheikh Mohammed outlined that it is one of the most important lessons for the Muslims of today.
“We congratulate the people of the Emirates and the Arab and Islamic nation this year,” he began, adding that migration is “a symbol of transformation from one condition to another. “[It’s] a symbol of movement and rejection of stillness, a symbol of striving and not stopping..migration represents effort and sacrifice to build a better tomorrow,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote, adding, “This is the most important lesson for Muslims today.”
عام هجري جديد ..نبارك لشعب الإمارات وللأمة العربية والإسلامية هذا العام..الهجرة رمز للتحول من حال إلى حال..رمز للحركة ونبذ السكون..رمز للسعي وعدم التوقف..الهجرة تمثل البذل والتضحية لبناء غد أفضل..هذا أهم درس للمسلمين اليوم بعد ١٤٤٣ عاماً من هجرة نبينا وحبيبنا صلى الله عليه وسلم
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 9, 2021
To mark the Islamic New Year, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also shared a public congratulatory message on Twitter. “Congratulations to the UAE people and Muslims around the world on the occasion of Hijri New Year,” he said, adding, “May God bless all of us this year with peace, prosperity and good health.”
نبارك لكم عاماً هجرياً جديداً….جعله الله عام خير ورحمة وسلام على بلدنا والأمة الإسلامية وشعوب العالم أجمع.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 9, 2021
On this occasion, UAE citizens and residents in the private sector will have a day off on Thursday, August 12, as announced by the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) last week. Combined with the Friday-Saturday weekend, this will result in a long three-day weekend for many across the country.