Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has declared Monday, October 3 as public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year, 1438 AH, which begins on Monday.

He made the declaration on Sunday at the 1438 Hijrah Grand Rally organised by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) at Ibadan.

Oct. 3 is the lunar month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The Islamic year calendar had started counting in 622 AD after the emigration of Prophet Muhammed from Mecca to Medina in Saudi-Arabia.

Ajimobi stated that Hijrah, the beginning of the new year in the Islamic calendar was another opportunity for Muslims worldwide to reflect on their past and channel a new way of life.

“Hijrah symbolises a new beginning. It is the state of improving on the past into a new status. Hijrah began when the holy Prophet Muhammed migrated from Mecca to Medina,” he said.

He enjoined Muslims to exhibit good character towards their neighbours, saying it was the only way their prayers could be answered by God.

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