Excited by the recent snowfall, my nine year old son said it reminded him of Christmas. I agreed and was amazed at how quickly the year had passed and now soon we would begin 2011. Muslims around the world will also be welcoming the year 1432 Hijrah marked from the year in which the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) migrated from Makkah to Madinah. All over the world many people will be making new year resolutions in the hope of changing their lives for the better. Some might resolve to change their eating habits, others their working habits and others their spending habits and much more. Many will make promises learning from the mistakes of the past year.
Caring for one’s physical and economic well being seems to dominate new year resolutions. But how many will stop to think about one’s spiritual well being. Will we resolve to spend more time in prayer and in a place of worship? Will we focus ourselves better in prayer? Will we try to practice more on the teachings of our scriptures? Will we care more for the neighbour, the sick and the poor? Perhaps rather than at the beginning of each year we should make resolutions at the beginning of each day to make the most of what we have. Each new day brings us an opportunity to change ourselves for the better. Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Take advantage of five things before five other things; your youth before old age, your health before poor health, your wealth before poverty, your time before your preoccupation and your life before death.”
Dear God, give us the ability to better ourselves spiritually and physically each day, amin.