Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
A Time for Reflection
By Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
At the end of the financial year, the businessman takes stock, calculates his financial statements, assesses his profits and losses, etc.
At the end of the academic year, the student takes an examination which finalizes whether he has passed or failed. If a student does poorly, he gives attention to those subjects he is weak in, and he works to improve his marks.
Life is like a business enterprise, with each year-end representing our spiritual financial year: Each year carries profits and losses – according to our actions. Each good deed is profit and each sin is loss.
Additionally, we find, that in our lives, we are writing the examination of the Aakhirah (Hereafter). Every passing year is either a year passed or failed - based on our actions.
Muharram is a wonderful opportunity of reflection and rectification:
A Muslim reflects over the net result of his year: He expresses Shukr (gratitude to Allah Ta’ala) for the Taufeeq of good deeds, by which he secured spiritual profits. He reviews his weaknesses or losses, and accordingly, he makes Taubah (repents). He then works to improve his new year.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding and Taufeeq of Aml.