2014 is almost upon us, I’ve taken it upon myself to blog everyday of this new Year of 2014 insha Allah. The past two months I’ve tried myself at it and found I didn’t do too shabby, I did miss a few days especially towards the last few days. I think however that with a plan in place, and being ready for any unforeseen circumstances by preparing posts in advance as well as having a few emergency posts on my laptop, Online and on my phone, I might survive this, just.
But first things first. I’ve read a few articles on New Years Resolutions, the Metro for example has an alternative list, that suggests to invent a new language than learn a new language which would according to them save time. Mashable suggests keeping in touch with your parents and giving to charity more and TED, has a list of TED-inspired New Years Resolution, the first of which is to “Make time to make art”.
While as Muslims we do not celebrate New Years as such, having resolutions for a new year I think is something to be encouraged. As Muslims we should constantly strive to be better everyday. While turning a new leaf isn’t as simple as making resolutions that we don’t keep more than a few days, we should work towards it.
Indeed, your Lord knows, [O Muhammad], that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur’an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah . So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah . It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah . Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Repentance is the ingredient to turning a new leaf, to ask God for forgiveness, turning back towards Him and then doing everything possible not to fall in sin again. We will continue to slip up from time to time, but every time we do so we should return back to Him. We should always be concious of Him, aware that He watches us, that He witnesses what we do. In Islam with everything that we do we should say Bismillah (with the Name of Allah swt.) before doing that thing. There are many prayers that are recommended to be said upon doing a certain act. So whether we are waking up or going to sleep, we are eating or entering the toilet, having sexual relations with our spouse or leaving the house we mention the name of God, the Most High.
We need to constantly remind us that He is the Most Merciful the Most forgiving, so if we sincerely do turn to Him then we are assured that He will forgive us, even if our sins amount to a mountain.
The Hijra, the migration to Madinah was marked as the first year of the Muslim Calender, it was a change in the Status Quo of the Muslims being tortured and oppressed to a status of being welcomed and the Prophet saw. being the head of state.
The Prophet saw. said “Take benefit of 5 before 5, your youth, before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before your preoccupation and your life before your death.”
Islam is geared towards action, knowledge is gained so that we may act on it, so that we may teach it, so that we may be role-models.
5 of my Resolutions this year were:
- Complete memorisation of Juz Amma’
- Taking a Surah each Month, reading its Tafsir and act on what I can.
- Reading more books (My Goal is a fifty over the year)
- Deal with my obsessions and addictions better (this incl. fasting every Monday and Thursday at least)
- Volunteering for a Charity