Looking forward to the New Year

We ask Allah (God) to make the forthcoming year a blessed one for us. It is only a few days away. Each year comes with its own circumstances, be they hard or easy. And time runs very fast indeed. Months seem like days, and days seem like hours. It is a different world where time vanishes unnoticeably. 

The year consists of twelve months, and every month has its characteristics and calculations. December marks the end of the year, while January opens the door to the New Year. One concludes the current year, the other welcomes the upcoming year. That is how Allah has meant them to operate. 

Although Islamic and Gregorian months are not aligned in terms of names and numbers, they indicate the same thing: counting time. “Surely the reckoning of months, in the sight of Allah, is twelve months, laid down in Allah’s decree on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; and out of these months, four are sacred. That is the true ordainment. Do not, therefore, wrong yourselves, with respect to these months. [Qur’an, 9:36]” 

In Islam, some moths are more weighed than others. Ramadan which does not fall on a fixed month of the Gregorian calendar each year is an example. It, among other three months, has a special status, replete with praise, performance, and blessings. Why so? God knows the wisdom. Months are the creation of God, and that is stipulated and explained in the Holy Qur’an. 

The New Year is a few days away; we are saying goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024. So, we are asking the almighty God to make it a peaceful, prosperous one for us. Usually, people talk about New Year’s resolutions, but what are they? “They are promises that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.”