What becomes of a bygone year? What has gone into the annual report?
heedlessness | repetitive mistakes | laziness | poor resolve | indiscipline | vain talks | spendthrift | gluttony | rushed salat | lifeless nights | backbiting | overzealous passion | ignorance | lack of adab | selfishness | indulgence | ingratitude | succumbing to nafs | impatience | absence of heart | ........| ........| .........|
I pray Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala Al Awwal, the First, the One whose existence is without a beginning, the One who created us with His Mercy, just as He has created us in the beginning with His mercy, may He not withdraw His mercy after having seen our transgressions, our misdeeds, our mistakes, our carelessness committed in the previous year and which are bound to recur in this new year.
La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimin.
"If the previous year has ended and the new year begun, and someone has not thought about increasing his fatih, establishing the Sared Law of His Lord - if he has not sought a meaning of nearness to his Creator; then he is heedless and has joined the ranks of the heedless who are unaware of the passing of days, months and years."
- Habib Umar bin Hafiz, 1st Muharram 1433H
"May Allah make 1433 a season for closeness to Allah, a season of brightness and softness of our hearts, for better relations with Al-Khaliq the Creator and with al-khaluq, the creation. May Allah s.w.t make our days better than yesterday."
- Shaykh Ahmad Saad, 1st Muharram 1433H
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