Hassan Hathout’s commemoration of a New Islamic Year

By: Dr. Eba Hathout


The prophet’s secret journey into freedom more than 1400 years ago was the transition of Islam from theory to practice, the prelude to a constitution and the first Muslim experience of a democratic way of life.  This migration was of such historic significance that it was later chosen as the beginning of the Islamic year and calendar.


In March of 2002, commemorating a new Islamic year, Hassan Hathout delivered a Friday prayer sermon to Muslim Americans in which he interwove past and present, from the early fleeing of Muslims to the safety of a Christian king, to the more recent struggle of Muslims in America in the aftermath of 9/11. The speech mentions the difference between politicians and statesmen, touching on American foreign policy. The sermon highlights the harmony Islam can bring to JudeoChristian relations, and the synergistic potential of the Abrahamic faiths in building a stronger nation.


As always, Hassan Hathout is mindful of the shortcomings of his own people, and invites Muslims to work harder towards the true mission of Islam as summarized in the Quranic verse: “We have sent you for nothing but mercy to the worlds”.


You can listen to the speech by clicking the following here. 




As we embark on a new year, let us give sincere thanks to God for all his blessings. May the lessons drawn from the prophet’s journey be a guiding light for democracy with harmony, reconciliation and peace in our homeland and throughout the world.


Dr. Eba Hathout is the President The Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation. Established after his passing in 2009, the Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread the message of ‘Love in God’ through the words and spirit of Hassan Hathout.

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