I hope this post finds you in good health in shaa’Allah.
There’s something about September…
There’s something in the raw cool air. You can almost smell new beginnings, clean slates and fresh starts. September, particularly from a student’s point of view is full of hope, ambition and endless possibilities. Marking the beginning of Autumn, September is filled with the hustle and bustle of children, ironically excited and eager to go back to school. The electric atmosphere just draws you in, with the positive energy inevitably rubbing off on you.
What a beautiful gift Allah subhanahu wa ta’la has blessed us with in the form of sight. Alhamdullillah. Without it, we would not be able to appreciate Autumn’s cool touch upon nature. As we head into my favourite season, the leaves upon the trees begin to perform an enchanting play; changing from warm flames of citrus, tangerines and apricots into passionate pomegranates and plums. Before we know it, they are crunching under our feet, warming the earth like a crisp autumn blanket with no signs of the fertile bed of green grass that once grew before. Even the leaves take time out in autumn to renew themselves and start afresh. Subhaan’Allah!
After bidding a sad farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan, we have another opportunity before us to renew our goals and aims in life. We can review old ones – reflecting on them and making necessary improvements, and set new ones, striving and exerting ourselves to achieve them. Me myself, I intend to in shaa’Allah improve on my productivity levels. Unfortunately, I feel I waste too much time being occupied with things other than ibadah, and there really isn’t an excuse for it. So I hope to eradicate this problem and spend my time in a more constructive manner in shaa’Allah by learning things about my flawless deen, and implementing these into my daily life.
September is a special month for me personally, as it is the month I was born in. Every year, I get immensely excited about my birthday, as it brings about high expectations of presents, gifts, cakes and lots of celebrations- a day all about me! What could be better?
This year however, I find myself questioning the reasons behind why I celebrate, and what exactly am I celebrating? My family have never been big on birthdays themselves, yet make a fuss for my sake.
As a Muslim, I cannot help but think about death, as morbid as that may sound to some. Every time I think of my birthday, or someone mentions it to me, a voice in my head whispers “another year closer to death”. If you think about it, every second, every minute, every day and so on is that little bit closer to death. If I’m honest, I have always had such whispers in the back of my head, every year as an adult. However this year it seems to be a lot louder than previous years. I am still unclear as to why I even wish to celebrate such an event. Is it culture? Or selfishness? I’ll get back to you on that one!
As with anything, intention is key. If your intention is impure, an act of great goodness and reward can become a sin. Therefore let us make this September a productive one, setting goals to better ourselves as Muslims and humans with pure intentions to ultimately please The One and Only Magnificent Creator of ours- Allah subhanahu wa ta’la!
Let us make this the year, the month, the day we do something, for we may not see tomorrow…
And any time you’re lacking inspiration, just gaze outside your window and look around at this beautiful world Allah subhaanahu wa ta’la has created for us! 😀