بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Ending a Year on a High
Amongst the most beneficial things to be doing at this point is to round off the year with good deeds. Trying to round off the year with actions pleasing to God, as “actions are judged by their endings” (Bukhari).
Malik bin Dinar says, “Start a business of worshiping Allah, and all types of profits shall come to you without the need of investing any capital.” At the end of a financial year, business and trade is analysed with one sole objective – How well did the year go? How did we do? In like fashion, we should be analysing how we have done this past year. Not how well we have done in our finance, but how well we have done with our bank for the hereafter. We should do this daily, not just annually.
Being Self-Reflective and Thankful
“So, worship Allah and be amongst the thankful.” (al-Qur’an, 39:66)
Being thankful is amongst the most simple of deeds yet it carries so much significance. Allah reminds it being so when he says, “If you are thankful, I shall certainly increase (My blessings on) you” (Ibrāhīm, 14:7) and “Remember Me, I shall remember you, and always be thankful to Me” (al-Baqarah, 2:152).
So at the turn of the New Year, we should aim to thank Allah for the blessings and favours He has granted us throughout the year. At the same time, we seek His forgiveness for our wrongdoings and shortcomings. We should also make our New Year’s resolutions for the coming year – what we intend to achieve on our journey to Allah, and the traits which we wish to leave behind.
Beginning a New Year and The Shifting of Great Months
The turn of the Islamic New Year brings an end to the greatest of months, Dhull-Hijjah, and time then turns its side to another great month, Muharram, the first month of the New Year. These months are from the four sacred months in which the rewards of our actions are multiplied.
As mentioned earlier, we should end the year with good deeds, we should also open the New Year with good deeds. Amongst the best of these works is fasting. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:
“The best (month) to fast after Ramadan is the Month of Allah which you call al-Muharram. The best prayer after the obligatory prayer is the night prayer.” (Muslim)
Both fasting and the night prayer have been made easy in the winter. The Beloved Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, said that winter is like spring for a believer: the night is long so he is able to stand in prayer in it, and the day is short so he is able to fast during it. (Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi)
The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and grant him peace, called Muharram “the Month of Allah” which points to its nobility, just like the Ka`ba is “the House of Allah.” One of the wisdoms behind the merit of fasting in the month of Muharram is that both are attributed to Allah – Muharram is the “the Month of Allah” and fasting, as in the Hadith Qudsi (Divine Tradition), “is Mine, and I will reward accordingly.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The greatest day in Muharram to fast is of course the tenth, `Ashura.’ Fasting on this day wipes out the sins of the previous year.
We ask Allah to bring great good to the Ummah in this New Year, rectify its affairs and bring relief to those who are suffering. Peace and blessings be upon the one whose Hijrah marks the beginning of our calendar, our Master Muhammad and his blessed family and Companions and all those that follow him until the last day.
Article based upon and extracted from Abdul Karim Yahya
Supplication for the New Year
Al-Muharram : The Month of God – Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz
The Tenth of Muharram
Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy on Muharram
Imam Zaid Shaikr on ‘Ashura
Fiqh of Islamic Month of Muharram – What Should We Do? – Faraz Rabbani