The month of Rajab is finally here, which means Ramadan is getting closer. The beauty of this is Allah ordained the months surrounding Ramadan to hold their own spiritual weight, partially to prepare us for it, but so we can attain the virtues of the surrounding months to make us stronger Muslims overall.
Every occasion you use for self-improvement is a good one, so if having a New Year’s resolution works for you and gives you the drive to be better than you were last year, perfect. Keep doing what you’re doing. The problem with most people is that they start a new year with the motivation to change something but it barely carries over.
We’ve all been there – going to events or reading fundraising campaigns and being told by those who are raising money that charity does not make a person poor. This is a fact in our Islamic tradition and is one that is commonly spoken of by those raising funds, but not as considered by the ones giving charity.
Rabi al-Awwal (also known as Rabi Ul Awal) is the third month of the Islamic calendar and follows Muharram and Safar. Rabi al-Awwal literally translates to “the first spring”, despite this, the meaning has no relevance in today’s climate. This is because the Islamic calendar follows the lunar calendar as opposed to the solar seasons. As a result, Rabi al-Awwal will occur in autumn this year.
The non-governmental organization Muslim Aid Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina is celebrating 15 years of successful work this year. We spoke with Executive Director Edina Šehić Saliji about past work, implemented projects and plans for further work.
Because of the pandemic, how we celebrate and mark even the most sacred of festivals has been far from normal by account of social restrictions. Muslim families relied on video calls and other forms of communication to stay connected to mark Eid ul-Adha in 2020/21 and, while it was great that we could at least see our loved ones in some form at the height of a global pandemic, it just wasn’t the same.