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We have successfully completed another Islamic year. The time to say goodbye to the last year and say hello to the coming one. May Allah bless us all with peace and happiness in every single moment.

We have successfully completed another Islamic year. The time to say goodbye to the last year and say hello to the coming one. May Allah bless us all with peace and happiness in every single moment. The Islamic year starts with the month of Muḥarram. Muḥarram (Arabic: ٱلْمُحَرَّم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year when warfare is forbidden. It is held to be the second holiest month after Ramadan. The 10th day of Muharram is sacred. Many great events occurred on this day. Ashura, which literally means the “Tenth” in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well known because of historical significance for the Shahadat (martyrdom) of Ḥusayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. The day’s significance is beyond our understanding. I will focus on one incident that has a great lesson to us all. It is the story of Prophet Musa. He was sent to rescue the people of Bani Israil. They were under the enslavement of Pharaoh, the then ruler of Egypt. His astrologers told him that a man from Bani Israel would overthrow his kingdom. Hence, he used to kill all first-born sons. He declared himself a god. When Musa (AS) tried to convince Pharaoh to change his ways and worship Allah, Pharaoh responded with conceit and violence. After many years of slavery and hardship, Prophet Musa, along with Bani Israil started their migration. On their way, Pharaoh and his army chased the migrators. Bani Israil were in trouble as in their front was the Red Sea and behind was the army who wanted to kill all of them. Allah asked Musa to strike his staff and the sea parted. The Israelites walked on dry ground and crossed the sea, followed by the Egyptian army. For further details, refer to Surah Ashuara’ (61-67). On the Day of Ashura, with the powerful Pharaoh and his army chasing Musa and Bani Israil, Musa was steadfast and trusted Allah SWT. This shows us that whatever the hurdles in our destination, have faith in Allah. He is omnipotent and beneficial. Always trust His plans as He never leaves the side of the believers. When life gets difficult, always trust Allah’s plans, because He is the best of planners. Eventually you will understand that whatever happens, happens for the best. Through the incident of Prophet Musa and the Israelites, Allah wants us to know that once you are on your destiny’s path, whatever the hurdles be, you should never turn back. Face your problems and trust Allah. He will part you from your problems and you can safely cross them. So on this Ashura, let’s commemorate the events. Let us remember this day by standing for unity, peace and love. May Allah SWT continue his blessings upon us and the whole ummah.

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