As Muslims in Nigeria mark the new Islamic year 1444, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged them to continue to support the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari and pray for harmony, development, and progress, security and good governance in the country.
The party’s national publicity secretary, Felix Morka, gave the charge in a statement on Saturday in Abuja while congratulating Muslims on the beginning of the new Islamic year 1444 AH, following the sighting of the new moon of the month of Muharram.
Mr Morka also charged Muslims in Nigeria to strive toward emulating Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by preaching social justice, love, peace and unity.
“The Nigerian Muslim Ummah should, in the new Islamic year, strive more to emulate Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by preaching social justice, love, peace and unity in our country.”
The APC scribe, therefore, stated that the migration of the prophet more than 1400 years ago is a significant event in Islam because it is the starting point of the Islamic calendar.
The Arabic New Year or Hijrah New Year, is the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
The starting point of the Islamic calendar is in Gregorian CE 622 AD when Prophet Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madina with his companions.
Source: People Gazette