Episode 32: Celebrations and Holidays: #1: New Year’s
With New Year’s just around a corner, I was motivated to put together a short episode exploring some of the lessons we can learn from the history of our own calendar as well as practices we can engage in to celebrate the passing of one year and the beginning of a new one. I hope this motivates you all to celebrate and have fun!
Verse on pre-Islamic Arabs extending the months: (9:37)
At the Prophet’s final Hajj the calendar was set right. (Bukhari and Muslim)
”Hold to my sunna…” (Abu Dawud)
“Whoever is not concerned with the affairs of the Muslim is not from them”
Hadith of the boats (Bukhari)
“all humans sin, and best of sinners are those who constantly turn in repentance.”
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
‘Abdallah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Āṣ said that he heard the Messenger of God (God bless him and give him peace) say, “There are forty acts, the best of which is giving food, if any are done seeking their reward and believing in their promise, God will grant them Paradise by this act.” (Bukhari). Shaykh ‘Abdullah Bin Siddīq al-Ghumārī (d. 1993) wrote a small book enumerating these forty acts and finding all the supporting hadith for them. I took the liberty of distilling this book in the following list, finding the appropriate modern English equivalent of the Prophetic expressions so as to make these acts easy to do and incorporate in our day-to-day life.MORE