Alhamdulillah, the Islamic new year has arrived, beginning with Muharram, the Month of Allah. This is the perfect time to reflect on the last year and our hopes for the coming year.
Allah (swt) sent us many tests in the last year, including the universal challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of this calamity, the Muslim Hands team were moved and humbled by your response.
You demonstrated your trust and faith in Allah by becoming even more generous, sending life-saving aid to those most in need around the world. Your incredible support led to a record-breaking year here at Muslim Hands, and we were honoured to be able to help even more people with your Sadaqah and Zakat.
In total, you helped over 3.4 million people in 1441 AH, with projects across 30 locations. You sent emergency relief to war zones and refugee camps, built water wells in impoverished communities, gave livelihoods to widows and education to orphans, and so much more!
The Prophet (saw) said, 'He who does not thank the people is not thankful to Allah'. [Abu Dawud]
We've put together a 'Happy New Year' video to thank you for your constant generosity and for allowing us to take part in this khair.
As the new year begins, we look with gratitude to the year ahead, anticipating that it will be filled with blessings and trusting in the goodness of Allah's plan.
The passing of time should only remind us of Allah. As He says in the Qur'an, '…He established Himself above the Throne and made subject the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. He arranges [each] matter; He details the signs that you may, of the meeting with your Lord, be certain'. [Qur'an, 13:2]
Every new year is a source of glad tidings to us, because it means we are getting closer to our meeting with Allah. It is a time for reminding each other that our purpose is to worship Allah, and renewing this sense of purpose.
As the new year begins, we make a promise to ourselves, 'Let's make the most of the time we've been given. Let's not waste a single day'.
We vow to work even harder for the sake of Allah, to support with compassion His creation and the Ummah of His Messenger (saw), and to fill our days with loving Him and calling on Him.
We pray Allah showers you and your loved ones with blessings and mercy in the year ahead, ameen.