10 Muslim New Year Resolutions
1) Be more patient; “Be patient, indeed Allah is with the patient.” [Quran 8:46]
“Noone can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” Hadith
2) Give more charity from wealth, skills, talent ....
3) Make more dua’a for humanity, oppressed ones
4) Focus on prayer as you are standing in front of Almighty
5) Educate yourself; “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” Hadith
6) Don’t be quick to anger; “The man is not a good wrestler; the strong man is in fact the person who controls himself at the time of anger.” Hadith
7) Stop yourself from gossiping; Gossiping or backbiting is one of the most harmful aspects of our society.
8) Read more Quran
9) Be more forgiving
10) Keep Allah at the center of your life
10 wise sayings of Jesus, son of Mary
Here are 10 of some of his wisest sayings, in the hopes that we all can take some time out of our holiday celebrations to remember and emulate the man who dedicated his life to faith and God.
1) Remembrance of God
2) Kindness to all of God’s creation
3) Remaining humble; ‘Wisdom is developed by humility, not by pride, and likewise plants only grow in soft soil, not in stone.'
4) The importance of patience; ‘Be patient. Likewise, the believers are hated among the people. The example of them is like the example of wheat. How sweet is its taste and how numerous are its enemies.'
5) Duty towards working; “Jesus said, ‘Better than you are those who work with their hands and eat from what they earn.’ After that the disciples washed clothes by the stream and ate from their wages for it.”
6) Asking for repentance; “Jesus, the son of Mary, passed by a group of people who were crying. He asked why they were crying. It was said to him that they were crying for their sins. He said, ‘You should pray about them and you will be forgiven.'”
7) Who to surround yourself with; ‘He the sight of whom reminds you of God, the speech of whom increases your knowledge, and the works of whom make you desirous of the other world.'
8) Staying healthy; O Children of Israel! Do not be excessive in eating, for those who are excessive in eating are excessive in sleeping; those who are excessive in sleeping are deficient in praying; of those who are deficient in praying, it is written that they are negligent.
9) Thankfulness; “’Mind your tongue to reform your heart, be satisfied with your house, beware of pretentiousness and excess, be ashamed before your Lord, cry over your mistakes, and escape from people as you would run from the lion or viper, [for] they were medicine but today, they have become illness. Then, encounter God when you will.’”
10) Focusing on faith; “’Do not take the world as a master, for it will take you as its servants. Keep your treasure with One who will not squander it. The owners of the treasures of this world fear for its ruin, but he who owns the treasure of God does not fear for its ruin.’”