The Wicca Book of Days for July 16
An Islamic Initiation
When he instituted the Islamic calendar in 642, Caliph Umar, or Omar I, specified July 16, 622 (according to the Julian calendar), as being the Islamic era’s starting date. The year 622 is that of the Hegira, or the flight of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to medina in order to escape the hostile citizens of his Arabian hometown. From Medina, Muhammad waged a jihad, or “holy war,” on his anti-Islamist enemies, which culminated in him capturing Mecca in 629. The abbreviation “AH” that is often added to an Islamic date stands for the Latin anno Hegirae, or “year of the Hegira.”
Consider making or investing in prayer beads today, or use a necklace strung with appropriate crystals. Muslims finger the tasbih when reciting the ninety nine names of Allah, and prayer beads are used by many Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Bahaists, too.