How to Spend New Years Eve

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Do Muslims celebrate New Years Eve?

As we approach the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, the annual question of how Muslims should view the celebration of New Year’s Eve inevitably arises again. The night of December 31st is commonly celebrated around the non-Muslim world with fireworks and raucous partying.

In reality, New Year’s Eve holds no weight in Islam. It originated amongst Roman pagans and over time transformed into a day to celebrate a beginning of a new year.   

Anas ibn Malik narrated,

“When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice (Eid al Adha) and the day of the breaking of the fast (Eid al Fitr).”

(Abi Dawood).

The gatherings that occur during the celebration of the New Year’s are typically un-Islamic, full of mixing of genders and the continuous intake of alcohol. Gatherings that encourage the displeasure of Allah are better to avoid.

“And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way. Oh, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one as a friend. He led me away from the remembrance after it had come to me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter”

(Quran 25: 27-29).

A good idea to welcome the New Year is to reflect upon the last year, on what you have done to better yourself and your community as a Muslim. It is important that as Muslims we reflect upon ourselves and how we can improve. This night should be a night to reflect and to repent for our past sins.

If we can gain one thing from this night, it is making a New Year’s resolution. Jot down some ideas on what you can do to get closer to Allah in the coming year.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, in one of his famous sayings said “Judge yourselves before you are judged, evaluate yourselves before you are evaluated and be ready for the greatest investigation (the Day of Judgement)”

(Hassan al-Basri).

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Mawlid Wars

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Don’t Compromise Your Religion

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Don’t Compromise Your Religion

As we get ready for the holiday season and everyone receives invitations for parties – please watch this reminder, or read below.

When it comes to parties, where there is alcohol, mixing or anything that could displease Allah, stay away from them. Do not feel pressured by others. Don’t compromise your religion. As soon as you’re there, the environment will affect you one way or the other. We were created to only please and worship Allah, so do not worry and stress about what others might think of you.

Do not please the creation by displeasing the creator

This may seem hard, especially for those living in the west. Remember your reward, remember Jannah. The harder it seems to stay away from haram, the more reward you will receive. Do not listen to the whispers of shaytaan and stay firm in your beliefs. Don’t compromise your religion. 

To remain steadfast in your religion, is to adhere to its rules and guidelines. If you are finding it difficult to stay firm in your belief, make dua to Allah. Everyday, when we pray, we read Surat Al Fatihah (The Opener) at least 17 times a day. In it, we ask God to guide us:

“Guide us to the straight path .”

(Quran, 1:6).

Other duas mentioned in the Quran:

“Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.”

(Quran, 3:8).

“…Our Lord, pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

(Quran, 2:250).

We must also study the history within our religion, and see how the great scholars, leaders, prophets and messengers experienced the hardest of trails, yet were able to maintain steadfast in their belief and didn’t compromise their religion, so why compromise your religion? 

Surround yourself with those who will remind you of Allah, and help you stay steadfast.

Place your trust in Allah, and remember your rewards. Also, remember that allah has promised us that with every hardship, there will be ease:

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.”

(Quran, 94:5-6).

DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR RELIGION!!

May Allah swt help us remain steadfast and firm in our belief. Ameen

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