Hijri New Year: A Moment to Become a Better Individual

By: Saiful Hadi

Every year, the Islamic community commemorates the Hijri New Year as a significant moment in the Islamic calendar. This celebration is not merely about the change of numbers in the calendar; it also provides an opportunity for self-reflection, self-improvement, and spiritual growth. There is a hadith narrated by Imam Hakim in which the Prophet Muhammad encourages his followers to strive to become better than they were before. The hadith states:

"Whoever is better today than yesterday is among the fortunate; whoever is equal to yesterday is among the unfortunate; and whoever is worse than yesterday is among the wretched." (HR. Hakim).

This hadith contains the profound message that life is an ongoing journey. Each day presents a new opportunity to better ourselves, overcome weaknesses, and develop our potential. The Hijri New Year serves as a significant milestone to reflect on our life journey over the past year and motivates us to begin anew with renewed spirit towards a better future.

The beginning of the Hijri New Year is a suitable time for introspection. Deep contemplation of our deeds and attitudes throughout the past year can become the key to facing the future with a better approach. As mentioned in the hadith, there are three categories of behavior that can reflect our current state.

Firstly, those who are better today than yesterday are considered fortunate. They continuously strive to enhance their character, embrace values of goodness, and draw closer to Allah. The Hijri New Year gives them the impetus to remain consistent in performing acts of kindness and avoiding negative actions.

Secondly, those who are equal to yesterday are considered unfortunate. This serves as a reminder not to be complacent with past achievements and to avoid stagnation in spiritual progress. The new year should be a trigger for a fresh spirit to keep improving and avoid being trapped in a comfort zone that hinders spiritual growth.

Thirdly, those who are worse than yesterday are considered wretched. This is a harsh reminder for those who have fallen into errors and bad deeds. The Hijri New Year should be a moment of deep introspection to acknowledge mistakes, seek repentance, and commit to not repeating those mistakes in the future.

The Hijri New Year is also an opportune time to set new goals in life. These goals should encompass not only material success but also spiritual and moral aspects. We can contemplate ways to get closer to our families, help others, enhance our acts of worship, or even address personal weaknesses that have hindered our self-development.

Furthermore, this moment should be filled with gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah throughout the past year. We should express gratitude for every gift and trial that have shaped and strengthened us.

In conclusion, the Hijri New Year is a historic moment for the Islamic community to reflect, improve themselves, and enhance the overall quality of life. The message from the above hadith reminds us to constantly strive to become better individuals each day, avoid stagnation, and always seek to draw closer to Allah. Let us make use of the Hijri New Year as a fresh beginning to attain perfection in living our lives as Muslims. May blessings and guidance always accompany our steps toward attaining happiness in this world and the hereafter.

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