KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country Sunday ushered in the Islamic new year of Maal Hijrah 1433 on a moderate scale with talks in mosques and gatherings.
The Hijrah, which is the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, marks the start of the new year in the Islamic calendar.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin launched the national-level Maal Hijrah celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
The national-level celebration carries the theme of "Persefahaman Asas Perpaduan Ummah" (Understanding the Basis for Unity of the Community) with the aim of strengthening ties within the multiracial society of Malaysia.
Several Muslim couples took advantage of the significance of Maal Hijrah to get married Sunday. - Bernama