New Day, New Life: The Balance Between Fear and Hope

When the end of a year nears, it’s as if our minds are suddenly turned on, we realize a year has passed.

We reflect.

We turn; hopeful, towards the future.

We resolve to improve our lives, to get healthy, drop bad habits, avoid negativity.

What if you were to do that, nearly every moment throughout your life?

What if you added to those thoughts, the possibility that you might not be there to see another year, or even another day?

Imagine that for a moment.

Would you change?

Would your resolutions be more likely to be successful?  Would you show more appreciation to the people in your life?

Would you begin to think about the source of life, and perhaps wake up more grateful every new day you’ve been given?

In Islam, we are encouraged to remember constantly, the fragility of life; while at the same time, being hopeful for the future.

Islam teaches us to always stay balanced between fear and hope.

We remember that this life is given to us and will one day be taken away. When we look back at our lives, we look for areas that need improvement, and like your New Year’s resolutions, we should choose and make efforts to be better in the future.

But the future is always now.

Islam is kind of like living on the cusp of a new year. It’s never a bad time to reflect and start anew. We all make mistakes, get lazy, and sin. It is human nature to falter. Islam encourages all good things, but inevitably we will fall into sin. Thankfully, that’s no reason to despair, because the Prophet Muhammad said,

“The best of those who sin, are those who repent.”  (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi)

So while we feel remorse for our transgression and mistakes, we know we only need to turn in repentance to our Most Merciful Creator and then try to be better in the future. Just our intention and willingness to do that is enough of a start. Knowing we will not be taken to account for our mistakes that we have rectified, gives us the strength to move forward with confidence.

So, while you might not see many Muslims ringing in the New Year with you, remember that we see every new day as a chance for a new life.

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6 thoughts on “New Day, New Life: The Balance Between Fear and Hope”

  1. Most resolutions are not kept, it is very hard to wake every morning and see a bright new day filled with hope and the chasing of fulfilment accomplished. Danielle as you said living on the cusp is illusive to me at least. Fear of what comes next if we are lucky enough to still be here. The ruining of our precious planet and wildlife make life sorrowful at times because no one listens. There is worry in everything. I don’t think people should make resolutions they only set themselves up for disappointment and anguish. To change and look at things differently and as God would want us to everyday is a struggle. I may have gone off topic a bit but that’s the way my thoughts revealed themselves.

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    1. Hi Marcia, thank you for your reply! I appreciate that you’ve shared your thoughts and feelings here. I do understand how you can feel this way, and I am sure you are not alone in that.
      This can all be resolved though, by learning what God’s purpose for us is, and also trusting in Him, knowing that He sees, knows and has power over everything. He could prevent us from destroying the Earth for example, if He wanted to, but He doesn’t, because that is not His goal for us. Before God created us, He informed the angels He was about to place humanity as successors in the earth; they were appalled. They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” [Quran 2:30]

      Remember our real home is in paradise. Place your trust and love with your Maker and do not associate anyone with Him. He said about those who do so: “on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” [Quran 2:112 and other places]
      I know you would like that. No fear, no grief.

      So I suggest learning more about Islam, read the Quran. Also, there is a conference called “Joy Replacing Anxiety” on https://zoojaja.com/ I recommend you sign up and listen to those lectures.
      God willing, you can benefit greatly from that. In any case I’m here for you. Do keep in Touch.

      I’ve said before how things that are difficult outside Islam, become easy within it. It’s the same with keeping resolutions and everything else.

      May God’s peace and blessings be with you always. Ameen.

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      1. Thank you for replying to my comment, I don’t understand why God would put us here knowing that we will cause much sadness. How can he not help us heal the Earth if he loves us ? Our purpose is to worship him and be upright and kind people but there has to be something more. Thank you for the link it sounds very interesting.
        Marcia

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        1. I understand. It’s easy to think that way, but thankfully, all that has been explained via the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. First of all, in the verse I mentioned above, notice how God said “I know that which you do not know.” He is not missing anything. He knows exactly what is going on. SO we should trust Him and we need to remember that this life is actually very short. On the day of judgement everyone will feel as if they were alive on earth “a day, or part of a day”[Quran 23:113]. That’s it, it will all seem insignificant. We can see how that will be, because even now it’s kind of like that when we look back on our lives, isn’t it?.
          The people who will be admitted to paradise, if they are just dipped into it once, they will immediately feel as if they never suffered even for a second. God will remove any pain, sadness, or heaviness from us. That is the true goal. When we realize that this life is nothing more than a short test, we then become focussed on passing it and we are looking forward to the next life, which is the real life, free of suffering.
          Also there is always some good and a purpose in everything. The Prophet Muhammad said that even enduring the prick of a thorn will remove sins. So whatever suffering we go through, if we are patient, God rewards us for every bit of it, and He never loses or misses anything. PLus, He told us that He is closer to us than our jugular vein, so when we are sad or hurting, we should turn directly to Him, because He knows how we feel, even better than we know ourselves. So, it’s all tied into the plan.
          Of course He could heal the earth, but we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing. He said, “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned, so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done, that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” [Quran 30:41]
          The problems on Earth are our own fault. And He allows it to continue so that we will realize our fault, and return to Him. It’s out of His mercy that He gives us many signs and chances to change before our death. You see in the Quran over and over, when the people who repeatedly denied their prophets were punished, they immediately admitted they were the wrongdoers. Deep down everyone knows their own fault. We have the chance in our lifetimes to rectify our own selves and turn back to God.
          WHen we do, He removes the feeling of grief and removes our suffering.

          The prophet’s stories are all great reminders and examples of how some of the best of humanity dealt with suffering. Job, Joseph and Ibrahim, the son of Adam, Zakariyya. Just beautiful stories that really strengthen the heart. The more you read, the more you will get it. Give it some time and keep asking God to help you and start making some efforts towards Him, however small they may be, they will go a long way.

          I pray God guides you and makes you one of those “on whom shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” May He grant you peace in this life and the next. Ameen. ❤

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        2. I want to turn back to God and live my life fully without being attached to the things of this world. I want to heal myself and be strong and worship God the way he would want me to. Thank you so much for your comments it’s much appreciated 🙂 I do have a Qur’an.

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        3. That’s beautiful! May God protect you and fill your life with peace, happiness and always strengthen your faith. Ameen. Thank you for talking with me. When you take this step, God assures you that you’ve grasped the strongest handhold:

          “(There is) no compulsion in the religion. Surely the right (path) has become distinct from the wrong. Then whoever disbelieves in false deities and believes in Allah, surely he has grasped the firm handhold, (which) will not break. And Allah (is) All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”
          (2:256)

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