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.