Once you have marked the Day of Arafat, offered your Qurbani, and celebrated Eid ul-Adha with your loved ones, the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah draws to a close. This brings the completion of another Islamic year – and a chance to reflect on how the events of the last year can help you bring about a better, more productive year ahead. The Islamic New Year will soon be upon us.
The Islamic New Year begins with the month of Muharram. This is a special month during which many important events have occurred over the years. It is also the perfect time for us to reflect on the old as we welcome in the new.
Inshallah, we will be blessed to witness the beginning of another year and be rewarded with the opportunity to be a force for good in the world. We should take the chance to reflect on ourselves, our faith, and the world around us, reminding ourselves of the journey we are following throughout our life.
As Dhul Hijjah draws to a close, it’s important to make sure that we are fully prepared for the Islamic New Year. This is a time to maximise our potential and work to give ourselves the best possible start to begin another year of generosity, kindness, and selflessness. The following virtues provide a good place to start.
The Islamic New Year is the perfect time for increased prayer. Take some time out of your busy schedule to offer your gratitude to Allah (SWT) as He has helped you to reach another year. By strengthening your relationship with Allah (SWT), you are setting yourself up for a fruitful, rewarding year ahead.
What better time to reflect than at the end of one year and the beginning of another? Take some time out to reflect on both your own life and the events that took place so many years ago, reflecting on what they can teach you about your own life. When you are reciting the Holy Qur’an, this is also a wonderful opportunity to pause and allow yourself to reflect on the lessons narrated in the verses you are reading.
Whether it is reading or reciting the Holy Qur’an, attending Mosque to worship in congregation, or giving generously to someone less fortunate, there are countless ways in which you can worship. By opening yourself up to the will of Allah (SWT) and trusting in His plan for you, the chances are that you will become a more open, fulfilled individual.
The Islamic New Year is a time to trust in your Creator and believe in the plan that He has in mind for you. After all, if you do not trust Allah (SWT), then how can you dedicate yourself fully to Him? As you pray, worship, and strengthen your bonds with Him, you will begin to understand exactly why it is so important to trust in Allah’s (SWT) will.
We pray that the Islamic New Year will bring endless reward and blessings to you and your loved ones. Ameen.