Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem

Peace and blessings be upon you all

Close your eyes. If I told you that you could start your life over again, what would you see? Probably something bright and colourful, with a fresh new dawn emerging from the horizon? A different place? Different people? All past troubles and pain disappearing?

As 2019 ends and the dawn of 2020 emerges, a new year gives rise to new goals, missions and a new resolve. A lot of people have their new year’s resolutions written and ready (to remember to act upon the year after the new year). A new start is often always hopeful and positive ……that is if it’s within one’s grasp. It can range from finally starting a job to having undergone a rigorous self-transformation; from digging out the roots of the past to allowing a bright new future to bloom.

However, according to Islam and therefore Muslims, our new beginnings, fresh starts, or clean slates are not limited by time. Every moment is an opportunity to become and achieve something different and better or to have one’s actions of the past forgiven and forgotten. We are taught not to wait for the ‘perfect time’ or when we’re ready. We are taught to evolve right now with the belief that Allah will aid us in our endeavor. The choices are boundless and with Allah always by our side, they are never impossible; as one of the most beautiful traits of Allah is that He loves those who try. If people’s lifelong sins can be forgiven by sincerely repenting and having hope in Allah’s Mercy and Power, and they can start life anew, why would our hopes and aspirations be neglected?

So pick your canvas. Be creative. Set goals. Make plans and look to the future with your head held high. Be brave. Never wait for the ‘right’ moment to change yourself for the better. Never wait for next year and the years after them. You’d only be wasting millions of precious ‘moments’. One’s new beginning can allow him to have a great day at school or it can change the world.