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POP🆙 - The New Hijri Year

We are in the new Hijri year. It is not from the Sunnah to celebrate it or to congratulate one another on its advent. For the Muslims, the passage of years does not constitute a real cause of happiness; rather, what counts is the amount of time spent in obedience to Allaahﷻ during these years. The years that have passed will be considered as successful if they were spent in obedience to Allaahﷻ, and miserable if they were spent in disobedience of Allaahﷻ. Therefore, the most evil person is he who has lived a long life and has committed evil deeds throughout.

It is a must that we receive our days, months and years while in obedience to Allaahﷻ. We must bring ourselves to account, redeem ourselves from our bad deeds and duly perform our responsibilities towards our wives, children and relatives.

The advent of every new year is marked by many Muslims with sincere resolutions and plans to improve and become closer to their Lord, but the days and hours slip away while the people’s conditions remain the same, the inevitable result of such failures will be loss and disgrace in this world and the next. Therefore, we must invest our time in obedience to Allaahﷻ and make sure that our spiritual condition is improving from year to year; for the more time runs away from us, the closer we are drawing to our graves.

The improvements in our worldly lives do us absolutely no good if our spiritual lives are not improving at the same time. No one can attain honor and dignity without submitting to the Lord of the Worlds. Safety, tranquility and welfare cannot be attained except by adopting the methodology of the Messengers of Allaahﷻ, may Allaahﷻ exalt their mention. Be very clear that if any of you see welfare and pleasure accompanied with sins and deviation, then this is definitely a mere respite that has been given by Allaahﷻ ahead of a total ruin. Thus, we must all stand firm in the obedience of Allaahﷻ in order to protect ourselves from His punishment. Allaahﷻ Says (what means):
“...And turn to Allaahﷻ in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”
📖Quran 24: 31

❓Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on congratulating people on the occasion of the Hijri new year, and how should one reply to a person who offers congratulations? 

📌📌He replied: 
If someone offers you congratulations, then respond to him, but do not initiate such greetings. This is the correct view concerning this matter. So if a person says to you, for example, “Happy New Year”, then you can say, “May Allaahﷻ make it a good and blessed year for you.” But you should not initiate such a greeting, because I do not know of any report that the salaf [early generations of Islam] congratulated one another on the occasion of the new year, rather the salaf did not regard the first of Muharram as the first day of the new year until the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه. 

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr said concerning offering congratulations on the occasion of the hijri new year: 
"Praying for another Muslim in general terms, in phrases that are not meant as a kind of ritual  on special occasions such as Eid, is acceptable, especially if what is meant by this greeting is friendship and to show a friendly face to one’s fellow Muslim. Imaam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “I do not initiate the greeting but if someone greets me I return the greeting, because responding to the greeting is obligatory. But being the first to offer congratulations is neither Sunnah nor forbidden."
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So we should not wrong ourselves during the Sacred Months. We should stay well within the limits defined by Allaahﷻ, fulfill all His obligations, shun all His prohibitions and fulfill the rights of the people.
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📖QVP: Surat Ar-Rahman

Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny?

Ⓜeaning, "O mankind and Jinn, which of the favors that Allah ﷻ has given to you do you deny''

Mujahid and others said this, and it is apparent when one reads what comes after it. Meaning the favors that are obvious to you while you are surrounded by them, you cannot deny or reject them. So we say, just as the believers among the Jinns said,

Laa bi'shay-yim bi ni'amika Rabbana nukaz-zibu wa lakal hamd

"O Allah ﷻ! None of Your favors do we deny. All praise is due to You.''

Ibn Abbas used to say, "Nay, our Lord!''
Ⓜeaning, "None of Your favors do we deny.''

📚Tafseer Ibn Kathir, Pg.9
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