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The supplication of the Prophet Muhammad (s) at the beginning of the New Year

“Oh Allah, You are the Eternal Lord; And this is a New Year, so I ask that You grant me protection from Shaytaan and control over this indulgent self that incites toward evil and being occupied in that which would bring me closer to You, O Most Kind!”

“Oh Allah, You are the Eternal Lord; And this is a New Year, so I ask that You grant me protection from Shaytaan and control over this indulgent self that incites toward evil and being occupied in that which would bring me closer to You, O Most Kind!”

The holistic Islamic lifestyle, referred to as Hayatun Tayyibah, takes into account the annual cycle of the year. The Qurโ€™an refers to this in many ways such as the seasonal changes and the sacred, inviolable months of the year.

As examples of the seasonal changes and its effects, the Qurโ€™an states:

ูˆูŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุงู„ู‘ูŽุฐููŠ ุฃูŽู†ุฒูŽู„ูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽู…ูŽุงุกู ู…ูŽุงุกู‹ ููŽุฃูŽุฎู’ุฑูŽุฌู’ู†ูŽุง ุจูู‡ู ู†ูŽุจูŽุงุชูŽ ูƒูู„ู‘ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ููŽุฃูŽุฎู’ุฑูŽุฌู’ู†ูŽุง ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ู ุฎูŽุถูุฑู‹ุง ู†ู‘ูุฎู’ุฑูุฌู ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ู ุญูŽุจู‘ู‹ุง ู…ู‘ูุชูŽุฑูŽุงูƒูุจู‹ุง ูˆูŽู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุฎู’ู„ู ู…ูู† ุทูŽู„ู’ุนูู‡ูŽุง ู‚ูู†ู’ูˆูŽุงู†ูŒ ุฏูŽุงู†ููŠูŽุฉูŒ ูˆูŽุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุงุชู ู…ู‘ูู†ู’ ุฃูŽุนู’ู†ูŽุงุจู ูˆูŽุงู„ุฒู‘ูŽูŠู’ุชููˆู†ูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ุฑู‘ูู…ู‘ูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูุดู’ุชูŽุจูู‡ู‹ุง ูˆูŽุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽ ู…ูุชูŽุดูŽุงุจูู‡ู ุงู†ุธูุฑููˆุง ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ูฐ ุซูŽู…ูŽุฑูู‡ู ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽุซู’ู…ูŽุฑูŽ ูˆูŽูŠูŽู†ู’ุนูู‡ู ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ูููŠ ุฐูŽูฐู„ููƒูู…ู’ ู„ูŽุขูŠูŽุงุชู ู„ู‘ูู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู ูŠูุคู’ู…ูู†ููˆู†ูŽ

โ€œAnd He it is Who sends down water from the cloud, then We bring forth with it buds of all (plants), then We bring forth from it green (foliage) from which We produce grain piled up (in the ear); and of the palm-tree, of the sheaths of it, come forth clusters (of dates) within reach, and gardens of grapes and olives and pomegranates, alike and unlike; behold the fruit of it when it yields the fruit and the ripening of it; most surely there are signs in this for a people who believeโ€ (6:99).

ูˆูŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุงู„ู‘ูŽุฐููŠ ุฃูŽู†ุดูŽุฃูŽ ุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุงุชู ู…ู‘ูŽุนู’ุฑููˆุดูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽ ู…ูŽุนู’ุฑููˆุดูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุฎู’ู„ูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ุฒู‘ูŽุฑู’ุนูŽ ู…ูุฎู’ุชูŽู„ููู‹ุง ุฃููƒูู„ูู‡ู ูˆูŽุงู„ุฒู‘ูŽูŠู’ุชููˆู†ูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ุฑู‘ูู…ู‘ูŽุงู†ูŽ ู…ูุชูŽุดูŽุงุจูู‡ู‹ุง ูˆูŽุบูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽ ู…ูุชูŽุดูŽุงุจูู‡ู ูƒูู„ููˆุง ู…ูู† ุซูŽู…ูŽุฑูู‡ู ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽุซู’ู…ูŽุฑูŽ ูˆูŽุขุชููˆุง ุญูŽู‚ู‘ูŽู‡ู ูŠูŽูˆู’ู…ูŽ ุญูŽุตูŽุงุฏูู‡ู ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ุชูุณู’ุฑููููˆุง ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ูŠูุญูุจู‘ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูุณู’ุฑููููŠู†ูŽ

โ€œAnd He it is Who produces gardens (of vine), trellised and untrellised, and palms and seed-produce of which the fruits are of various sorts, and olives and pomegranates, like and unlike; eat of its fruit when it bears fruit, and pay the due of it on the day of its reaping, and do not act extravagantly; surely He does not love the extravagantโ€ (6:141).

The sacred months are also mentioned:

ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุนูุฏู‘ูŽุฉูŽ ุงู„ุดู‘ูู‡ููˆุฑู ุนูู†ุฏูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุงุซู’ู†ูŽุง ุนูŽุดูŽุฑูŽ ุดูŽู‡ู’ุฑู‹ุง ูููŠ ูƒูุชูŽุงุจู ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ูŠูŽูˆู’ู…ูŽ ุฎูŽู„ูŽู‚ูŽ ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽู…ูŽุงูˆูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุฃูŽุฑู’ุถูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูŽุง ุฃูŽุฑู’ุจูŽุนูŽุฉูŒ ุญูุฑูู…ูŒ ุฐูŽูฐู„ููƒูŽ ุงู„ุฏู‘ููŠู†ู ุงู„ู’ู‚ูŽูŠู‘ูู…ู ููŽู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุธู’ู„ูู…ููˆุง ูููŠู‡ูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฃูŽู†ููุณูŽูƒูู…ู’

โ€œSurely the number of months with Allah is twelve months in Allah’s ordinance since the day when He created the heavens and the earth, of these four being sacred; that is the right reckoning; therefore be not unjust to yourselves regarding themโ€ (9:36).

For many the ending of the year and the beginning of the New Year will be nothing more than a party; another opportunity to throw the mind, body and soul into turmoil through alcohol and drugs. Many Muslims will sadly get caught up in this too.

For the holy Prophet Muhammad (s), the New Year was a moment of reflection and prayer; an opportunity to take stock of priorities and accomplishments and ground the end of the year and beginning of the New Year in God-centricity and consciousness.

In order for our New Year to begin like the Prophet Muhammadโ€™s (a), let us review a narration about his behaviour and in particular a deeply powerful supplication he (s) would recite on New Yearโ€™s Day.

You will notice in it descriptions that references the passing of time such as โ€œthe sound of gushing water and the rustling of the treesโ€ and an awareness of the needs of oppressed people when he (s) calls out: โ€œO Reinforcement of the one who has no reinforcementโ€ and โ€œO Source of Great Hope! O Esteem of the Weak!โ€ These words are so pertinent when thinking about the plight of Muslims in Palestine, Yemen, Kashmir, India, Nigeria, Syria, Iraq and many moreโ€ฆ

From Sayyid ibn Tawus in the book al-Iqbal: Narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Fudhayl al-Sayrafi who said: It was narrated to us from Imam โ€˜Ali ibn Musa ar-Redha (a) from his father, from his father, from his fathers, who said*, โ€œOn the first day of Muharram, the noble Prophet (s) would offer two units of prayer after which he would raise his hands and supplicate the following words three times”:

ุงูŽู„ู„ู‘ู€ู‡ูู…ู‘ูŽ ุงูŽู†ู’ุชูŽ ุงู„ุงู’ูู„ู‡ู ุงู„ู’ู‚ูŽุฏูŠู…ู ูˆูŽู‡ุฐูู‡ู ุณูŽู†ูŽุฉู ุฌูŽุฏูŠุฏูŽุฉู ููŽุงูŽุณู’ุฆูŽู„ููƒูŽ ููŠู‡ูŽุง ุงู„ู’ุนูุตู’ู…ูŽุฉูŽ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ุดู‘ูŽูŠู’ุทุงู†ู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ู‚ููˆู‘ูŽุฉูŽ ุนูŽู„ู‰ ู‡ุฐูู‡ู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณู ุงู„ุงู’ูŽู…ู‘ุงุฑูŽุฉู ุจูุงู„ุณู‘ูˆุกู ูˆูŽุงู„ุงู’ูุดู’ุชูุบุงู„ูŽ ุจูู…ุง ูŠูู‚ูŽุฑู‘ูุจูู†ู‰ ุงูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽ ูŠุง ูƒูŽุฑูŠู…ู

ูŠุง ุฐูŽุง ุงู„ู’ุฌูŽู„ุงู„ู ูˆูŽุงู„ุงู’ููƒู’ุฑุงู…ู ูŠุง ุนูู…ุงุฏูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ุนูู…ุงุฏูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ุฐูŽุฎูŠุฑูŽุฉูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ุฐูŽุฎูŠุฑูŽุฉูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ุญูุฑู’ุฒูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ุญูุฑู’ุฒูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ุบููŠุงุซูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ุบููŠุงุซูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ุณูŽู†ูŽุฏูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ุณูŽู†ูŽุฏูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ูƒูŽู†ู’ุฒูŽ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ู„ุง ูƒูŽู†ู’ุฒูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ู ูŠุง ุญูŽุณูŽู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุจูŽู„ุงุกู ูŠุง ุนูŽุธูŠู…ู ุงู„ุฑู‘ูŽุฌุงุกู ูŠุง ุนูุฒู‘ูŽ ุงู„ุถู‘ูุนูŽูุขุกู ูŠุง ู…ูู†ู’ู‚ูุฐูŽ ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุฑู’ู‚ู‰ ูŠุง ู…ูู†ู’ุฌูู‰ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู‡ูŽู„ู’ูƒู‰ ูŠุง ู…ูู†ู’ุนูู…ู ูŠุง ู…ูุฌู’ู…ูู„ู ูŠุง ู…ููู’ุถูู„ู ูŠุง ู…ูุญู’ุณูู†ู

ุงูŽู†ู’ุชูŽ ุงู„ู‘ูŽุฐู‰ ุณูŽุฌูŽุฏูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูŽ ุณูŽูˆุงุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽูŠู’ู„ู ูˆูŽู†ููˆุฑู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽู‡ุงุฑู ูˆูŽุถูŽูˆู’ุกู ุงู„ู’ู‚ูŽู…ูŽุฑู ูˆูŽุดูุนุงุนู ุงู„ุดู‘ูŽู…ู’ุณู ูˆูŽุฏูŽูˆูู‰ู‘ู ุงู„ู’ู…ุขุกู ูˆูŽุญูŽููŠูู ุงู„ุดู‘ูŽุฌูŽุฑู ูŠุง ุงูŽู„ู„ู‡ู ู„ุง ุดูŽุฑูŠูƒูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูŽ ุงูŽู„ู„ู‘ู€ู‡ูู…ู‘ูŽ ุงุฌู’ุนูŽู„ู’ู†ุง ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑุงู‹ ู…ูู…ู‘ุง ูŠูŽุธูู†ู‘ููˆู†ูŽ ูˆูŽุงุบู’ููุฑู’ ู„ูŽู†ุง ู…ุง ู„ุง ูŠูŽุนู’ู…ูŽู„ููˆู†ูŽ ูˆูŽู„ุง ุชูุคุงุฎูุฐู’ู†ุง ุจูู…ุง ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ ุญูุณู’ุจูู‰ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ู„ุง ุงูู„ู€ู‡ูŽ ุงูู„ุงู‘ ู‡ููˆูŽ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ุชูŽูˆูŽูƒู‘ูŽู„ู’ุชู ูˆูŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุฑูŽุจู‘ู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุฑู’ุดู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุธูŠู…ู

ุขู…ูŽู†ู‘ุง ุจูู‡ู ูƒู„ู‘ูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ ุนูู†ู’ุฏู ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู†ุง ูˆูŽู…ุง ูŠูŽุฐู‘ูŽูƒู‘ูŽุฑู ุงูู„ุงู‘ ุงููˆู„ููˆุง ุงู„ุงู’ูŽู„ู’ุจุงุจู ุฑูŽุจู‘ูŽู†ุง ู„ุง ุชูุฒูุบู’ ู‚ูู„ููˆุจูŽู†ุง ุจูŽุนู’ุฏูŽ ุงูุฐู’ ู‡ูŽุฏูŽูŠู’ุชูŽู†ุง ูˆูŽู‡ูŽุจู’ ู„ูŽู†ุง ู…ูู†ู’ ู„ูŽุฏูู†ู’ูƒูŽ ุฑูŽุญู’ู…ูŽุฉู‹ ุงูู†ู‘ูŽูƒูŽ ุงูŽู†ู’ุชูŽ ุงู„ู’ูˆูŽู‡ู‘ุงุจู

โ€œOh Allah, You are the Eternal Lord; And this is a New Year, so I ask that You grant me protection from Shaytaan and control over this indulgent self that incites toward evil and being occupied in that which would bring me closer to You, O Most Kind!

O Lord of Might and Majesty! O Supporter of the one who has no supporter. O Protector of the one who has no protector. O Guardian of the one who has no guardian. O Helper of the one who has no helper. O Assister of the one who has no assister. O Reinforcement of the one who has no reinforcement.

O Granter of Gracious gifts! O Source of Great Hope! O Esteem of the Weak! O Rescuer of the Drowning! O Saviour of the Devastated! O Benefactor! O Beautifier! O Granter of Excellence! O Bestower!

You are the one to whom prostrate the darkness of night and the light of day, the brightness of the moon and rays of the sun, the sound of gushing water and the rustling of the trees.

O Allah! You have no partner. O Allah! Make us the best of what they conjecture (about us) and forgive us that which they do not know (of our faults). Allah is enough for me; there is no god but He. In Him do I trust and He is the Lord of the exalted throne.

We believe in it – everything is from our Lord and none takes admonition except those who possess understanding. Our Lord! Make not our hearts deviate and bestow Your Mercy on us; indeed You are all Munificent.โ€

We too should recite this supplication and think about our role as representatives of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and where our efforts must lie in this coming year and decade.


*Even though the Prophet Muhammad (s) recited this on the first day of Muharram, there is no prohibition in reciting it on the first day of the common calendar. In fact by the principle of seeking hope in the favour of Allah (swt), it is recommended.

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