Alhamdulillah, the month of Dhul-Hijjah completed its cycle of thirty days and the Islamic New Year began this past Friday.  The year 1438 of the Hijri calendar has concluded, and now we begin the year 1439.  Those of use who are old enough to recognize this have noticed that time is passing by faster than before.  This is a sign of the Day of Judgment — time will speed up prior to the Final Day.  Some scholars say that this is an actual hastening of time, while others say it is because there is less barakah (blessings) in time.  Regardless, we are feeling the effects of this change.

Yet, to say that we are doomed is a far cry from reality.  The Qur’an outlines how we are to understand time and succeed when others fail.  Allah (ﷻ) mentions,

(I swear) by the Time, man is in a state of loss indeed, except for those who believed and did righteous deeds, and exhorted each other to follow truth, and exhorted each other to observe patience. (Qu’ran 103:1-3)

In order to take advantage of the fleeting moments known as life, we need to find value and importance in every moment.  Recently, a beautiful individual and speaker, Usama Canon, was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  He discusses what it means to be faced by his own mortality for the first time in his life (  From his words, we can take two lessons: 1) be grateful for every moment.  It is not possible for a person to do but good when valuing and cherishing every moment.  2) Spend every moment loving our Creator and His creation.  When we loved, we will be loved.  Then, truly, it will be a happy, new year.