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How Hijrah Can Inspire Your New Year Resolution

How Hijrah Can Inspire Your New Year Resolutions

A new hijri year started. As usual I am busying myself with a slew of to dos. Reflecting on the past year I wrote a long list of goals for the year ahead. These include spending more time with the family and managing money more wisely. This also included the continued promise to lose more …

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Have You Made Your New Year's Resolution?

Nadia has given up making New Year’s resolutions.  She says that she makes the same ones year in and year out and never ever keeps them for longer than a week or two.  “The whole process is an exercise in futility and a guilty, depressing one at that,” she laments. Research data from countless sources …

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When Will Be New Hijri Year 1439?

The Hijri New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year. This first day of the year is the first day of Muharram. The Hijri calendar starts in the year 622 AD with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. In fact, Muslim use this …

New Year, New Leaf

New Year, New Leaf

The New Hijri Year occasion is a time for reflection, assessment, and planning for the coming year. One should seize this occasion by assessing his work in the past year(s) and planning to lead a better life in the coming year. It’s high time for reflecting on and studying one’s relationship with God, with his …

A New Year Gift For My New Family Members

A New Year Gift For My New Family Members

In the spirit of the Hijri New Year, I’d like to welcome all the new brothers and sisters to our big family, those who have decided to migrate to a new path of spiritual fulfillment by joining the religion of Islam.

Who was the First to Invent the Islamic Calendar?

Who was the First to Invent the Islamic Calendar?

Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, its year is 10 or 11 days shorter than the Gregorian year. This means that Muslim months fall in different seasons. For example, Ramadan and Hajj can fall in the summer as well as in the winter.

The Islamic New Year - A New Start

The new Hijrah year will not be accompanied by any balloons or fireworks or jumping into ice-cold fountains. For Muslims, it is not a feast at all. Sincere believers throughout the world, though, will reflect on the meaning of the new Hijrah year and will take great comfort from it…


Hope in Times of Difficulty

A believer’s state should always be in between fear and hope. Just like a bird uses its two wings to fly to his destination. A believer’s two wings are fear and hope, and the destination is paradise. There’s no doubt that this life is filled with difficulties. The way to handle them however, is the …

New Year Without Alcoholism

{They ask you concerning alcohol and gambling. Say: “In them is a great sin, and some benefits for men, but the sin is far greater than the benefit.”} (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:219). It has always seemed ironic to me that the new year marks an increase in drinking as well as a mass rush to write …

2017: Imam's Reflections on the New Year

2017: Imam's Reflections on the New Year

As we have just bid farewell to 2016 and received a new year, it is an opportunity to review our goals and priorities and to evaluate our achievements and setbacks. Time runs fast and without due reflection over this fact, it is very easy to lose your most precious asset, your time. What do Imams …

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