2008

An extremely belated Eid mubarak and Merry Christmas to readers.
And now 2007 is coming to an end.

Many of you are hoping for a better, more triumphant, happier, more personally satisfying, more spiritually fulfilling year. 2008 is an enormous blank right now. It’s enormous, and it’s a blank. From a Muslim perspective – or from most religious perspectives – it’s neither. It’s brief: how brief does 2006 feel now that it is blowing out the door to join the dead leaves swirling in the wind? So it’s not enormous: it’s a short, mere day of a year, that will melt into one whole, becoming yesterday very quickly.

It’s not a blank either, from a religious perspective. It’s a blank to us, because we can’t predict it. But it is inscripted with the Writ of God, as Omar Khayyam puts it:

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.So in one respect, we plan our 2008. We – or I should say, the organized among you – draw it up, complete with to-do lists and new year’s resolutions. In another respect, we wait by the door, hoping that 2008 will be a cheery rosy-faced aunt, laden with presents, rather than a stern-browed stranger.

Right now, in the middle of a vacation, staying with friends and relatives for a few days at a time each, I’m more inclined to drowsily wait for the rosy-faced aunt.

May your 2008 be blessed, happy, and successful. May our human family be protected and blessed.

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7 Replies to “2008”

  1. A happy new year to your and your family dear. Wishing you all the best and hoping inshallah your family is ok back home. We are also worried here as things are getting messy now in kenya too.

  2. Happy New Year to you and your family, dear Sister 🙂 May Allah bless you all with health, happiness, and ever increasing love and wisdom. Ameen.

    Ya Haqq!

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