Sun Will Inevitably Rise Again - Did We?

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It is He (God) that cleaves the day-break (from the dark): He makes the night for rest and tranquility, and the sun and moon for the reckoning (of time): Such is the judgment and ordering of (Him), the Exalted in Power, the Omniscient. (Quran 6:96)

Dating, that is, the conscious process of establishing dates (as opposed to going out on a date), is one of the universal activities for societies to reinforce their own identity and reason to exist. Most cultures commemorate certain dates to celebrate their independence, mourn the death of their heroes, remember a battle or massacre, welcome a new season, honor an individual, etc. Civilizations that neglect "dates" lose their own history and heritage.

In this season as the New Solar Year unfolds, it seems necessary to place the concept of time and dates in its proper context.

The verse referred above shows us that time is the basis for setting up dates and occasions and that time is a creation of God for the convenience of humankind. Hence, dates are relative, subjective, and irrelevant in the eternal realm of life. But like all other creations, such occasions are important to reflect upon if we want to improve our chances for a safe passage from the relative to the absolute and from the temporal to the eternal.

Taking the following chapter of the Quran into consideration:

1. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
2. Verily Man is in loss,
3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy (Quran 103:1-3)

We realize that time is such a precious commodity. Each solar year, many people are seen to be indulged in celebrating what is popularly known as "New Year Eve Celebrations".

There could be many ways to commemorate an event. A new year can be celebrated by staying up until the zero hour, turning lights off, cheering and then turning lights back on and hugging each other, OR

To commemorate the passing moments of one year into another by reflecting our own doings and misdoings during the last three hundred sixty five days. This can be an occasion for an honest self audit of the use of our time, resources and actions. Such a self evaluation may help us 'raise' ourselves to be a better person in the next year, which is by far better than simply turning the lights off and then back on but still continue to live in utter darkness!

The sun will inevitably rise again but only to set down; the moon will shine itself in, but only to fade out. This cycle will perpetually continue until God decides otherwise. 

It would be a true celebration only if we collectively strive for not just this coming new year but all years to come and, that our struggle will free the inhabitants of this world from the pangs of hunger to the pain of oppression.

Let us plead to God to make us among those who value occasions for the purpose of reflecting on the creations of Allah. We ask Him to assist us in continuously improving ourselves to serve Him.


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Older Comments:
AHMED FROM SOUTH AFRICA said:
Mabrook

The beauty of this message is that it re-inforces the quranic treatment of time as a sacred article of faith.For Almighty God to take oath "By time" is clear to us that time is precious to every human being. God has given us the recipe to honour our time here so as not to be at a loss. If the world only listened at the hour when they jumped together on new years they will realise that peace of the world and solidarity in righteousness and sharing of God's bounties are possible.I mean they were all united on new years eve or were they? Indeed time waits for no man so lets not be drunk (literally and figuratively) when we make all those wonderful genuine universal new years resolutions for the better of humanity. Lets take those resolutions to heart and make a real difference so that when the People of the world sincerely jump at 00:00:00 1/1/2008 the world actually shakes in the direction it should be moving.

Peace

Ahmed - South Africa
2007-12-31

TOMMY FROM AUSTRALIA said:
when will muslims wake up to islamic oppretion and control with out rights and future by islamic dictators that spread hate for the west so the brain washed nations are killing each other and inocent people arown the world so dictators can stay in power to destroy civilisation islam wants to take humanity back to the dark ages.150,000 usm's will change the evil curse of islam...
2005-02-06

MD.ALI said:
your efforts will certainly bear fruits one day.
ameen.
ali
2002-01-14

KARAMA A ALJABRY FROM KENYA said:
Thank you for the message and indeed the Sun will inevitably rise again.... SAAladheem.

Pls keep me updated with all the messages and words from the Holy Quran...

kaj
2002-01-14

L. A. H. KHAN FROM INDIA said:


The article is presented well.
2002-01-09

JEDAH LEI FROM NORTH AMERICA said:
Today is the day for the 6th, it is today that I was able to read this purposeful e-mail. So first I would like to thank you and all who aid in the passing of not just the word of Allah, but the word of good. Though I have been blessed by this article after the coming of the New Solar Year, a real blessing of knowledge or truth is no less a blessing.

We must not forget to keep in mind our own faults when dealing with the world, for the TIME we have on this earth is precious, and must be considered I gift. I appreciate you using you time speading good words and messages of honor. Again I sincerely THANK YOU.

A seeker of the truth
J. Lei
2002-01-08

MAHMOUDKHAN FROM AUSTRALIA said:
congratulations.Allah barik fikum. this is a highly commendable and encouraging message. We in Australia join the Muslim umma where-ever they are in giving our full support to disseminate the message .To encourage All Muslims to embark on the Path of Allah S.W.T.to to persuade others in a subtle manner and with wisdom ,to do good and refrain from misdeeds.
We all need to change for the better. For if you do not change you will remain the same. Allah guarantees that the condition of this Umma will only change if the individual changes for the better.I pray Allah SWT. give you the unflincing courage ( which you demonstrate so graphically)to continue the good work. Insha Allah.May Allah accept your supplication Insha Allah.
2002-01-07

LEILA FROM USA said:
Assalamu Alaykum,
Every article you have sent me,I have not read becuase i didnt think that there would be anything interesting.But this time Alhamdulillah, something told me to read it and I am very impressed with it,and I want to thank you for sending me these articles.I am very ashamed of myself for not reading them.I feel like you are bringing out the good in a lot of people.Masha Allah. So keep up the good work!
Thank You,
Leila
age 12
2002-01-06

ABDULHAKEEM FROM NIGERIA said:
We muslims tend to forget the importance of what we do with our time.May Allah reward you for reminding us
2002-01-05

ZAINAB ELLAM FROM USA said:
Thank you very much for this insight. I concur with your thoughts but never thought of putting it into words. I recently had a miscarriage and find myself in a stupor. Time is passing by me and as a result I am trying to live a more meaningful life. Allah has his own reasons for doing things and I have no right to complain. It is simply my duty to live the rest of my life as a law abiding muslim.
2002-01-04

MARWA FROM CALI said:
Ameen, i definatly agree and not only agree but i give it lots of props! but i got a little Q...
Are we as muslims allowed too celebrate birthday's and give gifts and have a cake, just for fun? ... Why or Why Not-> Thanx... Masalaameh*
2002-01-04

SAJID ALI FROM USA said:
Very well explained,
2002-01-03

FATIMAHTUZOHRA FROM USA said:
asalam alaykum
what a wonderful & insightful article. thank you for enlightening me and broadening my view as a Musilmah Allhamdililah.
salam alaykum
2002-01-03

MOHD.ANWAR UL HAQ FROM INDIA said:
I really appreciate the article on dates on new year's....but I wish it contained a little bit of history on calendars, diff. between western and Islamic and its specifics.
2002-01-02

DR UZMA IQBAL FROM INDIA said:
Very well-wriiten and powerful article.
2002-01-02

SAUDAH ADEDOYIN FROM NIGERIA said:
SALAM ALAEKUM,

WESHOULD KNOW THAT EVERY DAY IWORTH CELEBRATING AND THAT FOR US TO BE ALIVE TAKES ALLAH AND NOTING ELSE,HENCE OUR DUTY TO GIVE THANKS TO ALLAH EVERY MINUTE,NOT JUST NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS ALONE.

MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH MAKE IT EASY FOR US TO REMEMBER HIM ALWAYS AND ALSO MAKE WORSHIP EASY FOR US,AMEN.
2002-01-02

MA JIANPING FROM CHINA said:
Thank Allah!It's He make me a muslim and I'm veryproud of it.Time passes quickly.Whoever we are, elder or younger,educated orilliterate,
healthy or ill,wealthy or poor,we all need to contemplate affaires of ourselves and others.
Allah creat us,human beings completely different
from other species.He confer additonal privilege on us,that is, thinking ability.We should beverage
this power to improve ourselves.Not at the beginning or the ending of a year,or during our
precious Ramadan,but every day,every hour and every moment.
2002-01-02

AYESHA FROM U.S.A said:

SubhanAllah, this beatiful article " The sun will inevitably Rise again" was an eye opener and inshaAllah will make ignornant people like myself make this year inshaAllah a better year. The writer precisely articulated what a lot of muslims in the U.S and other muslim countires practice during the "new year celebration" and how truly when we turn off the lights we push ourselves further into the darkness.
InshaAllah this year we will take ourselves out of the cycle of ignorance and bring Quran in our lives so the light can penetrate in our hearts and light up the world.
JazakumaAllah u Khyran
Wasalm u Alykum Wa RahmatuAllah
2002-01-01

SQ FROM USA said:
I must commend you on that piece. It was very meaningful and fascinating to read. It is truly pleasing to be provided with such a stark perspective on this cycle of time.
2002-01-01

NATALIE SMOLENSKI FROM USA said:
This person seems to have a point, and most people do leave the new year as a time for reflection and contemplation; hence, New Year's Resolutions. I just hope he wasn't implying that New YEar's celebrations and parties are contrary to the teachings of Islam... i can think of nothing more ludicrous.
2001-12-31

CHER'NO SALAHUDIN OMOWALI MALIK AHMAD AL-KHIDHR FROM PLANET EARTH/CABO VERDE/USA/AFRICA said:
In Arabic we say Allah means God the all in all.
In my mother tongue we say Deus Allah Ali Aziz meaning Dialectic-Eclectic-Universal-Science(Deus)
The grande focus vida de universe forca superior astral. The Creator has many attribtures.In any language it is one and the same. The life giver to all on this Planet.What is important is righteousness and responsibility. It is man that has created sects and divisions.The message is not new all creation proclaims it;high above all is the lord of Glory Supreme. All men have fallen short of the glory of God;no not one is righteous.
We all look for the grace of God Deus Allah Ali Aziz His Rahman and Rahim.Remember the sel-same God created all men.If some do good and others evil,and ye wonder how the good do suffer and the evil thrive,remember the final goal,when true adjustments will be mad. The gainers here will be the losers there,and the losers gainers.The final decision belongs not to you or me but to the Almighty Allah Deus.Let us not forget.
Sura XLIX.ayatt 13:" O Mankind! We created you from a single pair of male and a female,and made you into Nations and tribes,that ye may know each other(Not that ye may despise Each other. Verily
The most honoured of you in the sight of God(Allah
Ali Aziz Deus) Is he who is the most Righteous of you.And God has full knowledge and is well aquainted with all things."
Remember who is the final judge not any of you.
Allah is the final judge and he will judge between
you of the matters wherein ye dispute.
What is also important to remember there are many
mysteries I have not revealed. How many veils are yet to be uncovered. Mischief may spread,but God will restore the balance in the end: he created
Purity,Harmony and Law:Evil is doomed to perish.
For those who show kindness Allah will show mercy and grace.
Salah
2001-12-31

NAUREEN said:
Passing of time is another step towards the end of the world and people are bringing the signs of it.each day passes by for millions of people are indulging in this erotic heinous life, life is just age for them but there are those who live small but to the fuller extent of life. These are those people who extend life from this world to the hereafter. they find the meaning of life in this world and the purpose to live while praising allah and spreading the words and the teachings of his book. I wish that all of us are like them cause they seem to know what life is all about. they look beyond the earth and the span of life infact the world turns towards them and they make a name and statement in time. they may be bad for some but they are definately heroes for many unspoken innocent people.children are beautiful and when looked into their eyes time stops some of them are very fortunate in achieving the meaning of life when they grow up and others get lost but each parent wishes that their child gets better then what they got but it is the duty of each(muslim) parent to teach child that life doesn't stop here in this world but there is a life hereafter which is never ending and what they do in the life in this world will reflect on the like after death so if they do good, good life would be reflected upon them, and what is good is what is wriiten in the holy book HOLY QURAN and the sunnah. the life of our prophet (peace be upon him) should be an exemlary example for us to follow and teach. His lihestyle is complete example for parents for children to follow, his life is a time worth spent in life and time stops for him cause he ruled time and is ruling cause he followed what allah taught him. Time is man made space for days and night it is man who makes name in this space




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2001-12-31

CAROL LEE MYERS FROM USA said:
Showing joy isn't a meaningless activity, but a way of giving thanks for life.
2001-12-31

BARIS C INAR FROM USA said:
Assalaamu Aleikum,
Brothers, may Allah reward you for your efforts.I have reminder concerning our last issue of tje Islamiz Bulletin.There, we mention the wrongness of the celebrations of the new year but we did not emphasise on the issue that the upcoming new year (January 1st) is not the new year of the muslims.Muslims' new year start on the month of Muharrem.Every muslim has to know his own celebrations and his own new year.It would be great if you clarify it in the next issue.Especially it will help the youth to keep their muslim identities in the west.
Wassalaam...
2001-12-31

SR. SHERREL JOHNSON FROM USA said:
Assalamu Alaikum my dear Muslim friends:
When the truth touches ones soul, it brings tears to ones eyes and opens ones heart. Time is so precious. The more time one is in this world - the more important time becomes. Thank you for those tears and the opening of this heart to remember this precious commodity. May Allah swt bless us all with time used wisely. Let us remember, also, to take the time to reach out to one another, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. "For even a smile is charity."
Your sister in Islam,
Sherrel Johnson, CAIR So. Calif.
2001-12-31

MOHAMMED NOORUDDIN SALEEM FROM INDIA said:
dear brother of islam

as salaam ali kum

hope u r doing well and fine with the grace of allah the alighty,well i gone through u r page,.i should thanks for u for sending me the information about the quran,and also i hope that in future also u will do the service for me by sending me about the hadeeth and quran and more about the difficulties about the umma which facing now, {ma salaam} s
2001-12-31

ALLAM MOHAMED FROM UNITED KINGDOM said:
Thanksyou for your words of today as it has brought to me the meaninglessness of this New Years Eve. I was sitting in self pity today for I could not see what today should mean to me a muslim in the UK, and now I see that is should if anything be a time of reflection and to think of all muslim nations who suffer. Islam gives me strength to live as allah should decree and my only hope is that I can serve him well. May peace be upon you.
2001-12-31

CHRISTOPHER GRINDSTAFF FROM USA said:
The last passage you sent was one of the most thoughtful. I think we all need to take account of what we have done in the past solar year and what things we can do better reguardless of our religion. I am not a member of the Islamic faith but Islamicity has helped me to understand Islam much better.
2001-12-30