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2019 - New Year Resolutions

Publishing Date : 08 January, 2019

IQBAL EBRAHIM
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM


Welcome to 2019 but regrettably back to reality. With the festive holidays now becoming a fading memory we are back at work or to whatever station we occupy in life. Many of us may still be feeling rather ‘fragile’ and looking on at the new year with a great deal of trepidation but others will have come back recharged and full of zeal ready to face 2019 and its challenges.



It’s regrettable but not unusual that for this time of the year, some of us may have over indulged, overspent or just got carried away with the festive spirit. Now it is back to reality – school fees, books, uniforms and all the other expenses that the New Year brings. It is also that time that many of us make New Year resolutions for the year ahead. The most common ones are; to lose weight / get rid of that beer belly, exercise more, eat healthy food, quit smoking, settle down and start a family or even to spend more time with our family and loved ones, etc. 


The more ‘aggressive’ ones amongst us will have resolved to go on that overseas holiday, buy ‘that’ fancy car, and other worldly pursuits like scale the social and economic ladder to higher levels. So what are yours and how do they match up? Whilst there is nothing wrong with making resolutions it got me thinking ‘why do we wait only for the New Year to make resolutions?’ How long do these resolutions last anyway, a week, a month? Surely every day that we wake up is the start of a new year in our lives.


Not only that but every day is the beginning of the rest of our lives, and every day is a day closer to the end of life as we know it on this earth. Most of these resolutions are cosmetic lifestyle changes but what about changing our inner self? ‘Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls) Quran 13:v11. Nothing wrong with desires but for any Muslim when making resolutions the most important message is: ‘Nor say of anything, I shall do so and so tomorrow without adding “Insha-Allah” (if Allah so wills)’ Quran 18:v23-24


Strangely, not many PEOPLE make resolutions about turning their lives around or embracing God. If you are one of those who makes the resolve to turn your life around – may the Almighty accept your wishes and give you the guidance and the strength to do so.
Sorry, but this is the stark reality, and to some of us an uncomfortable reminder that this earthly life is temporal and that we are all on that inevitable journey to eternal life that has been promised to everyone regardless of religious persuasion. With this in mind is it not time to start making resolutions to do those righteous things that will bring us closer to our Creator?


‘To those who do good, there is good in this world - and the home of the Hereafter is even better excellent indeed is the home of the righteous......enter you the Garden because of the good which you did in the world. Quran 16: 30-32
Starting with ourselves, let us to do away with personal pride, arrogance, jealousy, greed/ avarice, mischief making, refrain from using harsh words and foul language, and all the other ‘deadly sins’. Why can’t we try to be more friendly, kind, humble, sincere, show respect, courtesy and compassion for others, be helpful, honest and truthful or maybe more charitable and humane.   


Ah charity, when one talks of charity some people mistakenly associate it to mean monetary donations that the rich give to the poor. They conclude that since they themselves are not ‘rich’ and don’t have sufficient money how could they give to charity? However charity is not only about giving or making a monetary contribution – it is about doing things that make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate or even doing anything that is of good to others. A kind word, a smile, a hug, greeting a stranger, visiting the sick, consoling someone going through difficulty, making a quiet prayer for someone in need of help, forgiving a person who has hurt us or even removing a harmful object from a pathway – these are simple acts of charity, none of those are headline grabbing acts, but they can bring about a major change in our lives.    


As a youngster I recall there was a saying that went something like this: sow a thought and you will reap an act, sow an act and you will reap habit, sow a habit and you will reap a character, sow a character and you will reap a destiny........ Therefore who knows, every good deed or act, no matter how small or insignificant could be our possible means of entry into Paradise. ‘Whoever works righteousness and has faith, verily to him We will give a new life, a life that is good and pure...’ Quran 16: 97
Why don’t we all resolve to ‘make the world a better place for you and for me?  


If you plant honesty: You will reap trust
If you plant goodness: You will reap friends
If you plant humility: You will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance: You will reap victory
If you plant consideration: You will reap harmony
If you plant hard work: You will reap success
If you plant forgiveness: You will reap reconciliation
If you plant openness: You will reap intimacy
If you plant patience: You will reap improvements
If you plant faith: You will reap miracles

But

If you plant dishonesty: You will reap distrust
If you plant selfishness: You will reap loneliness
If you plant pride: You will reap destruction
If you plant envy: You will reap trouble
If you plant laziness: You will reap stagnation
If you plant bitterness: You will reap isolation
If you plant greed: You will reap loss
If you plant gossip: You will reap enemies
If you plant worries: You will reap wrinkles
If you plant sin: You will reap guilt  

Remember: Life is like a notebook.
Two pages are already written by Allah.
The First page is our Birth.
The Last Page is our Death.
All the other Pages are all empty.
You will fill them either with good or bad deeds.
Choice is yours, so will be the final Outcome.

Let us make 2019 the turning point in our lives

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