The month of Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, reckoned from the date of the Hijra, Muhammad’s arrival in Yathrib – Medina – to establish the Muslim community in exile from Mecca. Not exactly a holiday, but a milestone, and an invitation to ponder the significance of that historical event.

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Image: Ceramic tile depicting the great mosque in Medina, Louvre Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons