As a year ends and we look towards #NewBeginnings, it’s an opportunity to say #ThankYou, and pause for some reflection.
More than trillion Thanks to the Lord for His immense Mercy and Blessings. Thank you to all the amazing people in our lives, in particular, our family members, who continue to selflessly support us, bring happiness, joy, and color in our lives.
Don’t do it as it will steal your peace and happiness. You’ll either be lamenting over the past or solely focusing on the future. The future is not guaranteed, so make the most of your present. If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath, and thank the Sustainer.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) inspired us to be positive:
“Hoping for good/ positive result is also an act of worship of Allah”, says the Messenger (peace be upon him). [Tirmidhi and Hakim]
Imam Ghazali (d.1111) reminds us of the need to remain positive in the following words:
“As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected for something good, I was actually being redirected to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever God Almighty has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.” [Imam Ghazali]
Whilst you make your New Year resolutions, think about some of the following:
1. Reconnect with Allah Almighty- The fact that you are seeking closeness to Allah means He wants you to remember Him. In addition to offering the obligatory prayers:
i) Make a routine of spending some time doing remembrance of the Most Forgiving Lord;
ii) Read more about the Prophet (peace be upon him); fall in love with your Messenger. After all, he changed the course of history for the better;
iii) Try to understand the message of the Glorious Quran.
Remembrance of Allah creates peace of mind, reduces stress and gives the ability to deal with everyday stresses without falling apart or losing hope.
Islam is not a set of rules and restrictions created to make life difficult. Instead, Allah has given us Islam to help navigate through our challenges, a map that connects our hearts to the Creator through repeated thoughts about Allah.
2. Reconnect with Yourself: Reconnecting to ourselves is made up of slowing down, listening, learning, exploring, playing, wondering, and being interested in and being inquisitive about what’s going on inside us. Everyday aim to connect with your heart. Sit in silence, without scrolling on your phone, without listening to music, without doing anything other than listening to your heartbeat.
Ask for forgiveness from God and forgive yourself, but don’t forget. Never go back into your past, but don’t stop looking back from time to time as that will inspire you to do well in life.
It is incumbent upon every Muslim to appreciate the life that he or she has been granted and then make the most of it, including looking after the body, mind and financial matters.
The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.” [Shu’ab al-Imān].
3. Re-Connect with Family – Cherish your family members, and spend moments together. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, reminds us that “The best of you is he who is best to his family, and I am the best among you to my family.” [Tirmidhi]. Unplug yourself from all electronic devices and social media platforms and spend some time together listening and hearing each other. It may be worthwhile making a habit of doing a small act of worship together (eg recite Salawat/ Darood on the Prophet together – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Family life will never be perfect, but it can be perfectly fulfilling when we realize they offer us profound and lasting love.
May Allah the Most Merciful give us blessings, ease and success in the upcoming year.
May the year 2020 be filled with the very best in everything – service to Allah Almighty, love, happiness, success, health, abundance & adventure.
Qari Muhammad Asim MBE