By: Suneela Iqbal
"Happy New Year, Happy New Year and Happy New Year..." is what you'll see and hear everywhere after 10 days because new year that is 2017 is going to start. I was wondering. What's new about every coming year that people greet each other with such words? Have they achieved something or have they learned something or maybe they have learned a new lesson from the previous year? " Happy New Year" slogan will be seen everywhere but why ? What's so special about it? Feels like it's some sort of festival. People gather their relatives and friends greet each other and enjoy the party.
Is such a thing a part of Islam? Every passing second decreases our life span and here we are talking about a whole year. A whole year has decreased from one's life. Is it really something to be happy about? Most importantly, is it allowed in Islam? No! All these kinds of days are not our thing. Mother's Day, Teacher's Day, April Fool, Birthday, New Year celebrations etc. are not a part of our religion at all. It's the way of non-Muslims. And I again say that sadly, Muslims have adopted it. It has attracted us so much, we’ve got lost in its glamour so much that we don't even think what we are doing. What we want is fun and that's all. Whether we gain sins from it or whether Allah restrains us from this or gets angry, we don't care. In my school, I see such celebrations. My class fellows even invite me to their birthday parties but I don't go and I don’t want to go. I don't want to be a part of it, a part of something Allah has prohibited. It's not the way of Muslims. And good Muslims, if they get to know that something they are doing is wrong, they leave it.
Schools nowadays have also forgotten Islamic ways. Too much modernism is found in schools and colleges. Students, after parents, follow teachers and if teachers will do wrong, students will do the same.
One more thing that I'm observing these days is lack of knowledge about Islam. People don't bother to learn or know what's written in the Quran or Hadith. If Muslims will forget this, no wonder we will collapse.
The point to ponder is that we don't ponder at all! We don't ponder about what we are doing and what we're supposed to do. People consider it fun to celebrate New Year but every fun and enjoyment is not allowed. Islam does not restrict us from enjoying ourselves or having fun but there are some limitations. This world is not a place for merely enjoyment for Muslims. Many people suffer and encounter problems in their lives but...their problems are temporary and so is the enjoyment. For just a little enjoyment, why should we do something forbidden? Why increase our sins? We will be all alone in the end. No one will come to justify our sins or even help us. Just think...are such things really worth enjoying? Things which will only burden our soul in the end and we will regret too. For the sake of people and for the sake of enjoyment, we daily commit many sins. Analyze your routine. Think what you do daily and think… do you please Allah more or people? Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said that whosoever follows someone, on the Day of Judgment they will be standing with them. On the last day do we really want to stand in front of Allah سبحانہ وتعالی with the non-Muslims? No. A big NO!
When the Islamic New Year comes around we’ve got to realize that this is a golden opportunity for us. Allah سبحانہ وتعالی has given us some more time in this world. We should make a commitment to avoid and leave all bad things and start over again. Start over by learning more about Islam, by knowing what's wrong and what's right for us, by doing good, by caring for others and by smiling. Yup...smile. It’s a Sunnah!