Pakistani

How do you wish a Muslim 'Happy New Year'?

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How do you wish a Muslim 'Happy New Year'?

From Mahabba Peterborough

Happy New Year!

Or in Arabic: al-sanat al-jadīdah.

Or in Urdu, a familiar language to many of our Pakistani heritage neighbours: nayya saal mubarak.

You could say that to many of your Muslim neighbours, as most have Pakistani roots, but are also British and observe the western new year as well.

You may not know, but in 2017 the Islamic Year 1439 started between the evenings of 21st and 22nd September.

The Islamic New Year occurs at different times of our year because Islam uses a lunar calendar that started from the Hijra, the Flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.

Muslims mark their New Year quietly, with prayer and reflection.

God is moving among Muslims

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God is moving among Muslims

This is a real-life story of recent events from one of the local Mahabba groups in the Network. Names and details have been deliberately removed to protect the identity of those involved, but praise God - he is working in the lives of Muslims to reveal Jesus!

He is moving

I was delighted to be invited to the birthday party.

Oz was a Syrian asylum seeker. I met him just at the time his application was accepted and he promptly moved away with his family into a big city

In our small town he had found Christian friends and even attended some church events. I visited him in his new home.

On the one hand it was gloriously multicultural and on the other hand it was not a nice neighbourhood. I knew it, he knew it.

I put him in touch with a nearby Christian bookshop which I understood to be run by a Pakistani believer and was pleased to hear later that he had visited it.

Then came the invitation for his two year old’s birthday party. It was quite an event. And the bookshop manager had been invited too.

He was not a Pakistani at all but fellow Syrian, young in the faith and keen as mustard. That was more than I had asked or thought.

Then came the news that Oz had found a better place to live and was moving out to a suburb. I was glad that his family had a nicer home, but could I put him in touch with local Christian friends?

I spoke to the bookshop man:

Oz is moving. This is his new address.

The bookshop man said:

Really? I live just round the corner from him!

Wow. God is on his case. Hallelujah!

 

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