Assalamu Aleykum Brothers and Sisters,

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.

As we enter the new Islamic year, it’s important to reflect on the blessings and lessons that come with the passage of time.

Allah, in His infinite wisdom, has created the sun, moon, night, and day to serve us and remind us of His countless blessings. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of valuing good health and free time, urging us to reflect on our deeds as each year passes. As we bid farewell to the past year, we must remember that our actions will be shown to us on the Day of Resurrection. It is crucial to engage in self-examination, recognizing our shortcomings, and striving for improvement. As Allah says, “Allah alternates the day and night. Surely in this is a lesson for people of insight.” (Surah Al Nur 24:44)

The first month of the Islamic year, Muharram, is a sacred time, marked by its historical significance and the recommendation to fast, particularly on the day of Ashura. This day commemorates Allah’s victory for Prophet Musa over Pharaoh and carries immense reward, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) hoped it would erase the sins of the previous year. Let us begin this new year with renewed commitment to our faith, by performing our prayers, seeking knowledge, being kind to others, and abstaining from sins. As each day brings us closer to our end, let us provide for our Hereafter with piety and righteous deeds, making this year a positive turning point in our lives and in our communities.

We wish you happy and blessed NEW YEAR!
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