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Hamza Asadullah
12-27-2012, 12:36 AM
Making life changes for the New Year


In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful

Reflecting over the past year

There are no prescribed celebrations for the new year in Islam, however, it’s always good to take such occasions as opportunities to reflect on how well (or badly) we have performed over the past year, in terms of dunya (wordly life) and akhira (the hereafter), as well as what we want to achieve over the coming year.

When reflecting back, if we see that we were successful in achieving lots of good deeds and doing good works, then say “Al-Hamdulillah!” and ask Allah for more in the coming year. However If like me you see otherwise, then ask Allah for forgiveness and start a new sheet with the new year promising yourself to do better, inshaAllah.

The World in Three Days

It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:

The life of this world is made up of three days: yesterday has gone with all that was done; tomorrow, you may never reach; but today is for you so do what you should do today. Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr p197.

So it is a wonderful time for reflection and to better ourselves. To start a new clean fresh sheet. Forget the past now but let us take lessons from it so that we can do better in the present. The past does not matter as it is gone. The future does not matter as much as it is not certain we will see the future but what matters is NOW. That we make the best of now and every second we have left.

The Angel of Death has been Assigned to You!

It is narrated that ‘Uthmân b. Áffân – Allâh be pleased with him – said in a sermon:

Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has not ceased to pass you and move on to others, ever since you have been in this world. But it is as if he is about to pass someone else and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know o son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be on you.Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74.

A New beginning

So let the new year be a new beginning for us. A new fresh start. Let our goals, desires and ambitions be that of the hereafter for that is all that should matter to us. If we chase the this world then it will go further away from us. But if we chase the hereafter then we will gain both this world AND the hereafter - Thats 2 in 1.

So let us chase that which will last forever not that which can end at any second. Let us internalise these changes and prepare our minds so that we may embrace a life where we strive to get closer to Allah and do everythinhg we can to please him. We will all trip and fall for that is human nature, but we should get into the habit of asking Allah for forgiveness for he loves it when we ask of him and beg of him for mercy. He loves to forgive. He waits for his slaves to ask of him so that he can forgive them. He looks for every excuse to forgive us. What a merciful lord he is. So let us turn to him. Let us make our goal the hereafter.

Do we not want to see the face of Allah in Jannah? Surely we should crave to see his beautiful face for ONLY the believers will be able to see. Not evern the angels have seen the face of Allah. That pleasure is reserved for the believers. Subhanallah. The higher our Paradise the more we will be able to see Allah each day.

The Meeting with Allah in Jannah - Very emotional

Can you imagine seeing Allah each and everyday? But we will only be able to do so if we get to the higher ranks. For that we will have to work hard in this world. But what is working hard for a few years compared to an ETERNITY OF PLEASURE?

Wise are the words of the one who said ... "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Give preferance then to Eternity over this temporary existence

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "He who loves his worldly life will harm his Hereafter. And he who loves his Hereafter will harm his worldly life. Give preference then, to that which is eternal (The Hereafter) over that which is temporary". (Ahmed)

Focusing on our main goals everyday

Surely then from now on our goals must be to live for the hereafter which is eternal. To live everyday pleasing the one who created us and yearning to meet with him in Jannah. This is what should motivate us each day and what we should live for. This is what should drive us to make the best of each second that we have left.

Hamid al-Qasyrasi (rahimahullah) said:

“Though we know death is certain, we have not prepared ourselves for it.

Though we know paradise is definite, we have not worked for it.

Though we know the hell fire is certain, we have not feared it.

So why are you delighted?

What are you waiting for?

Death is the first visitor from the Almighty bringing good or evil tidings… so get closer to your Lord!”

Change your life forever. Watch and reflect over these amazing short clips:

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Soul touching Qur'an recitation


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Hamza Asadullah
01-01-2013, 06:24 PM
A New Beginning from TODAY!

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

So let us repent from our past sins and have a fresh new beginning today and make a firm conviction to try to fulfill our obligations unto Allah and do everything to please him and refrain from anything that may anger or displease him.

Let us live for the Hereafter which is FOREVER for our life in this temporary world may end at any second.

01-01-2013, 08:32 PM
Nice post and very emotional indeed. As Hamza said we can not just start all over again today, but we can only better ourselves. The Quran and praying to Allah (swt) is what can help us be better and stronger in Faith. Read the Quran in Arabic and if possible the proper way with Tajweed, and try to follow the lifestyle of our Beloved Prophet (PBUH).

Hamza Asadullah
09-26-2017, 06:19 AM
Message for New Year - Sheikh Shady Sulaiman


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Hamza Asadullah
12-31-2017, 09:41 PM
What has past will never come back

What is to come is not certain

So learn from what has passed to make the best of each present moment

Death awaits us and we may not see another year

So pick yourself up, shrug off your losses and make significant gains for the Hereafter!

This is your year to shine and get closer to Allah!

There is no time left to waste anymore. We have wasted enough on following our desires!

So let us desire Allah and to be with him in the highest Jannah. What better pleasure is there than that?

Saeeda Shaikh
01-04-2018, 03:45 AM
As we all are traveller and the ultimate aim of a traveller is to get his work done and return home peacefully. His aim is not to settle here permanently. He always has a return ticket in clutch. We too posses a return ticket with us, the only different is, we are unaware of its time and date. The day we were born, our return open ticket too is destined. Let not the charm of this world deceive you ..When we realise how little time there is, and much to do then our days and night will change.Definitely we will reflect the life from different angle and perspective.

Hamza Asadullah
09-01-2019, 08:36 PM
A New Year: New beginnings!

A New Year has arrived like many before it but has our condition improved? Have we done enough to succeed in the Hereafter?

If we continue as we are & death overtakes us before we could change then we will forever be in regret! Many of us will bow our heads in shame Infront of Allah & say:

"Our Lord, we have now seen & heard. So send us back (to the World) and we will be righteous. We are now certain".(Qur'an; 32:12)

Ibn Masood said: “I have never regretted anything as a day spent of my life without doing good deeds.”

Hamza Asadullah
01-01-2020, 09:27 AM
Don't be trapped going into the new year:


01-01-2020, 09:30 AM
Assalam o Alaikum rahamutullahi wa barakuthu.

Don't forget to pray to Allah to help the muslims who are suffering so much!!

JazakAllah khair

Hamza Asadullah
08-10-2021, 02:40 PM
Important dates in Muharram 2021:

9th Muharram - Wednesday 18th August.

10th Muharram (The Day of Ashura) - Thursday 19th August.

11th Muharram - Friday 20th August.

New Year New Me - The virtues of Muharram:


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