Making life changes for the New Islamic Year

[U][B]Making life changes for the New Islamic Year[/B][/U]

[COLOR=red]Bismillahirahmaaniraheem[/COLOR]

In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful

[B][U]Reflecting over the past year[/U][/B]

There are no prescribed celebrations for the new year in Islam, however, it’s always good to take such occasions as opportunities to reflect on how well (or badly) we have performed over the past year, in terms of dunya (wordly life) and akhira (the hereafter), as well as what we want to achieve over the coming year.

When reflecting back, if we see that we were successful in achieving lots of good deeds and doing good works, then say [COLOR=red]“Al-Hamdulillah!”[/COLOR] and ask Allah for more in the coming year. However If like me you see otherwise, then ask Allah for forgiveness and start a new sheet with the new year promising yourself to do better, inshaAllah.

[U][B]The World in Three Days[/B][/U]

[B]It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:[/B]

[COLOR=red]The life of this world is made up of three days: yesterday has gone with all that was done; tomorrow, you may never reach; but today is for you so do what you should do today. [/COLOR][B]Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr p197.[/B]

So it is a wonderful time for reflection and to better ourselves. To start a new clean fresh sheet. Forget the past now but let us take lessons from it so that we can do better in the present. The past does not matter as it is gone. The future does not matter as much as it is not certain we will see the future but what matters is NOW. That we make the best of now and every second we have left.

[B][U]The Angel of Death has been Assigned to You![/U][/B]

[B]It is narrated that ‘Uthmân b. Áffân – Allâh be pleased with him – said in a sermon:[/B]

[COLOR=red]Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has not ceased to pass you and move on to others, ever since you have been in this world. But it is as if he is about to pass someone else and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know o son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be on you.[/COLOR][B]Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74.[/B]

[B][U]A new beginning[/U][/B]

So let this Islamic new year be a new beginning for us. A new fresh start. Let our goals, desires and ambitions be that of the hereafter for that is all that should matter to us. If we chase the this world then it will go further away from us. But if we chase the hereafter then we will gain both this world AND the hereafter - Thats 2 in 1.

So let us chase that which will last forever not that which can end at any second. Let us internalise these changes and prepare our minds so that we may embrace a life where we strive to get closer to Allah and do everythinhg we can to please him. We will all trip and fall for that is human nature, but we should get into the habit of asking Allah for forgiveness for he loves it when we ask of him and beg of him for mercy. He loves to forgive. He waits for his slaves to ask of him so that he can forgive them. He looks for every excuse to forgive us. What a merciful lord he is. So let us turn to him. Let us make our goal the hereafter.

Do we not want to see the face of Allah in Jannah? Surely we should crave to see his beautiful face for ONLY the believers will be able to see. Not evern the angels have seen the face of Allah. That pleasure is reserved for the believers. Subhanallah. The higher our Paradise the more we will be able to see Allah each day.

[B][U]The Meeting with Allah in Jannah - Very emotional[/U][/B]

[URL]

Can you imagine seeing Allah each and everyday? But we will only be able to do so if we get to the higher ranks. For that we will have to work hard in this world. But what is working hard for a few years compared to an ETERNITY OF PLEASURE?

[B]Wise are the words of the one who said ...[/B] [COLOR=red]"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."[/COLOR]

[B][U][COLOR=black]Give preferance then to Eternity over this temporary existence[/COLOR][/U][/B]

[B]The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:[/B][COLOR=#ff0000] "He who loves his worldly life will harm his Hereafter. And he who loves his Hereafter will harm his worldly life. Give preference then, to that which is eternal (The Hereafter) over that which is temporary". [/COLOR][B](Ahmed)[/B]

[B][U]Focusing on our main goals everyday[/U][/B]

Surely then from now on our goals must be to live for the hereafter which is eternal. To live everyday pleasing the one who created us and yearning to meet with him in Jannah. This is what should motivate us each day and what we should live for. This is what should drive us to make the best of each second that we have left.

[B]Hamid al-Qasyrasi (rahimahullah) said:[/B]

[COLOR=red]“Though we know death is certain, we have not prepared ourselves for it. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Though we know paradise is definite, we have not worked for it. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Though we know the hell fire is certain, we have not feared it. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]So why are you delighted? [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]What are you waiting for? [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Death is the first visitor from the Almighty bringing good or evil tidings… so get closer to your Lord!”[/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=red]Change your life forever. Watch and reflect over these amazing short clips:[/COLOR][/B]

[B]The Goodly Life - A must see[/B]

[URL]

[B]Oh that i regret[/B]

[URL]

[B]Repent and choose a life devoted to Allah - Very touching[/B]

[URL]

[B]I am the Dunya (the worldly life) - Brilliant short speech[/B]

[URL]

[B]Surah Al Araf - Breathtaking[/B]

[URL]

[FONT=verdana][B]
[SIZE=4][B][COLOR=#333333][B][U][COLOR=#333333]The Fast of ‘Ashura (The 10th of Muharram) is on Tuesday (6th Dec)[/COLOR][/U][/B][COLOR=#333333]

[/COLOR][/COLOR][/B][/SIZE]

[/B]The blessed day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) will be on Tuesday (6th Dec) in the UK. It is recommended to fast a day before or a day after the day of Ashura as well so that we can be different from the Jews who fast only on the day of Ashura.

[B][SIZE=3]So we can fast:[/SIZE] [COLOR=#ff0000]Monday the 5th of December (9th of Muharram) & Tuesday 6th of Dec (10th of Muharram) [/COLOR][SIZE=3]or [COLOR=#ff0000]

[/COLOR][/SIZE][COLOR=#ff0000]Tues 6th of December (10th of Muharram) & Wednesday 7th of December (11th of Muharram).[/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#ff0000]
[/COLOR][B][COLOR=#333333][B]

[SIZE=3]For the [/SIZE][/B][/COLOR][SIZE=3][B][COLOR=#333333]UK[/COLOR][/B][B][COLOR=#333333] the Sehri and Iftar times for the 9th, 10th and 11th of Muharram are:[/COLOR][/B]

[/SIZE][COLOR=#ff0000]
9th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]6:03 am[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000] Iftar is: [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]3:52 pm
[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B]
10th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]6:04 am[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B] Iftar is: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]3:52 pm

[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B]11th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]6:05 am[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B] Iftar is: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]3:52 pm

[/B][/COLOR][U][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000][B]The Virtues of fasting on the day of Ashura[/B]

[/COLOR][/SIZE][/U][COLOR=#333333]
[/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Ra) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say:[/COLOR][COLOR=red] "It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it."[/COLOR][B][B][COLOR=#333333][Sahih Muslim]

[/COLOR][/B][SIZE=2][COLOR=#333333]A whole year of sins forgiven for fasting on the day of Ashura:

[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B][COLOR=#333333]Abu Qatada (Ra) [/COLOR]relates that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said:[COLOR=red]The fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [/COLOR][COLOR=#333333][B][Sahih Muslim]

Fasting the 9th of Muharram as well as the 10th:

[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#333333]Ibn Abbas (Ra) relates that when the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said: [/COLOR][COLOR=red]"If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram (as well)." [/COLOR][B][COLOR=#333333][Sahih Muslim] [/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]

[B]Note[/B]: This indicates that it is preferred to fast the 9th as well as the 10th of Muharram, however one can still fast 10th and 11th or even all 3. The more one fasts in the month of Muharram the more rewards one can gain:

[COLOR=#333333]Abu Huraira (Ra) reports that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]A[/COLOR][COLOR=red]fter Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence.[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333] [B][Sahih Muslim] [/B]
[/COLOR]

[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333][U][SIZE=3][B]The Historical Significance of ‘Ashura[/B]

[/SIZE][/U]
[/COLOR][COLOR=black]Ibn Abbas (RA) reports that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… [B]They said:[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=red]"It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it." [/COLOR][B]The Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) responded:[/B][COLOR=red]"We have more right, and we have closer connection with Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) than you have"; so Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it.[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333] [B][Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

[/B]May Allah enable us to benefit from fasting on these days and make us closer to him throughout the year. Ameen
[/COLOR][/FONT]

[FONT=verdana][COLOR=#333333][B][U][COLOR=#333333]The Fast of ‘Ashura (The 10th of Muharram) is on Tuesday (6th Dec)[/COLOR][/U][/B][COLOR=#333333]

[/COLOR][/COLOR]

The blessed day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) will be on Tuesday (6th Dec) in the UK. It is recommended to fast a day before or a day after the day of Ashura as well so that we can be different from the Jews who fast only on the day of Ashura.

[B]So we can fast: [COLOR=#ff0000]Monday the 5th of December (9th of Muharram) & Tuesday 6th of Dec (10th of Muharram) [/COLOR]or [COLOR=#ff0000]

[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Tues 6th of December (10th of Muharram) & Wednesday 7th of December (11th of Muharram).[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]
[/COLOR][B][COLOR=#333333]

For the[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333]UK[/COLOR][/B][B][COLOR=#333333] the Sehri and Iftar times for the 9th, 10th and 11th of Muharram are:[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=#ff0000]
9th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]6:03 am[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000] Iftar is: [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]3:52 pm
[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B]
10th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]6:04 am[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B] Iftar is: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]3:52 pm

[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B]11th Muharram: Sehri ends: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]6:05 am[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000][B] Iftar is: [/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][B]3:52 pm

[/B][/COLOR][U][COLOR=#000000][B]The Virtues of fasting on the day of Ashura[/B]

[/COLOR][/U][COLOR=#333333]
[/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Ra) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say:[/COLOR][COLOR=red] "It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it."[/COLOR][B][B][COLOR=#333333][Sahih Muslim]

[/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]A whole year of sins forgiven for fasting on the day of Ashura:

[/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]Abu Qatada (Ra) [/COLOR]relates that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said:[COLOR=red]The fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [/COLOR][COLOR=#333333][B][Sahih Muslim]

Fasting the 9th of Muharram as well as the 10th:

[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=#333333]Ibn Abbas (Ra) relates that when the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said: [/COLOR][COLOR=red]"If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram (as well)." [/COLOR][B][COLOR=#333333][Sahih Muslim] [/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333]

[B]Note[/B]: This indicates that it is preferred to fast the 9th as well as the 10th of Muharram, however one can still fast 10th and 11th or even all 3. The more one fasts in the month of Muharram the more rewards one can gain:

[COLOR=#333333]Abu Huraira (Ra) reports that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) said: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]A[/COLOR][COLOR=red]fter Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence.[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333] [B][Sahih Muslim] [/B]
[/COLOR]

[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333][U][B]The Historical Significance of ‘Ashura[/B]

[/U]
[/COLOR][COLOR=black]Ibn Abbas (RA) reports that the Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallim) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… [B]They said:[/B][/COLOR][COLOR=red]"It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it." [/COLOR][B]The Prophet (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) responded:[/B][COLOR=red]"We have more right, and we have closer connection with Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) than you have"; so Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it.[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333] [B][Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

[/B]May Allah enable us to benefit from fasting on these days and make us closer to him throughout the year. Ameen
[/COLOR][/FONT]

[B][U]The Angel of Death may be Assigned to You this year![/U][/B]

[B]It is narrated that ‘Uthmân b. Áffân – Allâh be pleased with him – said in a sermon:[/B]

[COLOR=red]Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has not ceased to pass you and move on to others, ever since you have been in this world. But it is as if he is about to pass someone else and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know o son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be on you.[/COLOR][B]Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74.[/B]

So this year could be our very last so there is NO time to delay but prepare NOW as tomorrow may never come!

Islamic new year a time of contemplation and spiritual renewal

 

Milestones are markers fundamental to the human psyche.  As we near the end of the calendar year, outside of the controversies surrounding the months of Ramadan and Zul Hijah, have we given any thought to the other months of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar?  In fact, could we even say that we know the Islamic months and could we recall them in order?

 

It is especially imperative for Muslims living outside of Muslim majority nations to maintain a connection to Allah through the specific Prophetic acts of worship encouraged during each particular month and to understand the significance of the Islamic months as they relate to the life of a Muslim.

 

This week marks the end of the Islamic Year 1433 and with it, the opportunity for a new dawn in nearness to our Creator in 1434, Insha Allah.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and to ask Allah to forgive our sins and the sins of our brethren.  Additionally, it is a time to look forward to new beginnings and to seek greater closeness to Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) by striving to embody our own humanity through consciousness of Allah and service to others.

 

The first month of the Islamic year is the Month of Allah, commonly called Muharram and it is one of the scared months, whereby the reward for one’s deeds are multiplied, as are the penalties for sins.  The month of Muharram contains a special day, the tenth day.  It is narrated in Prophetic traditions that the tenth of Muharram was the day Allah decreed for emancipation of Bani Israel (the children of Israel – Prophet Jacob – peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) from the tyranny of the Pharaohs.  The Jews were freed from their slave hood and the tyrants were dealt the justice of Divine intervention.

 

In a time and place where those who submitted to the Divine will of Allah were methodically persecuted because of their beliefs; by being enslaved, having their children systematically killed and their women systematically assaulted, the relevance of the story of Bani Israel in Egypt bares particular significance for those who submit in contemporary times and are subject to current trends of a similar nature.  Therefore, the significance of Ashura must be more profound to the believer as we approach the end of 2012.

 

It has also been mentioned that the tenth of Muharram was the day Allah selected to save the people of Prophet Nuh (Noah- peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) from the floods.  The common thread in the stories of the Prophets Nuh and Musa (peace and blessing of Allah be upon them both) are that Allah changed the circumstances of the people once they sincerely repented for their misgivings and they firmly entrenched themselves in the ways of their respective Prophets.

 

The above scenario is identical for the people of our time; if we yearn to have our grievances alleviated and to establish justice and peace, we must repent to Allah and become righteous. Without this vital step, our condition will not change and our sorrows will deepen.  Other practical solutions need to be implemented but without internal change in our perceptions and external change in our actions, Allah’s divine assistance will not grace our lives or the lives of humanity.  This realization and application is the fundamental step!

 

How can one day have so much significance?  The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) is recorded as saying in the fasting of the day of Arafah, I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and in fasting the day of Ashura I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.  Therefore, the All-Mighty Lord of the Mercy and Grace pardons a whole year of minor sins and the abovementioned repentance is required to expiate the major sins.  Once people repent the divine assistance of Allah begins to descend.

 

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) migrated to Medina, he witnessed the Jews fasting Ashura and he asked why they fasted this day.  He was told it was the day Allah emancipated the Musa and his followers from the Pharaohs, so Prophet Musa used to fast this day in gratitude to Allah.  A Prophetic tradition states that the best sawm (fasting) after sawm in the month of Ramadan is during the month of Allah, known as Muharam.  In particular the fasting of the tenth day of the Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura.  The Prophet recommended fasting on the tenth and also the ninth of Muharram.

 

What else can one do to ensure the maximum benefit from the month of Muharram and in particular the tenth day?  Another Prophetic tradition related that whoever fasts `Ashura it is as if s/he has fasted the entire year and whoever gives charity on this day it is like the charity of an entire year.  Giving charity in secret appeases the wrath of Allah and expedites the Divine Mercy of Allah.  The Prophetic acts of fasting and giving charity are causes that Allah uses to improve the human condition, both individually and socially.

 

For those in a dilemma about which days to fast, the scholars have stated that if there is confusion about the beginning of the month, one should fast for three days, to be sure of fasting on the ninth and tenth days.  The difference of opinion of the scholars is indeed a mercy for those who believe.

 

Furthermore, leading up to New Years Eve (1 January), people, generally, begin to think about their life and some even make resolutions about how they will approach the new year and their work, health and relationships.  Could I suggest that believers also use the beginning of the Islamic New Year to also make New Year’s resolutions?  Instead of resolutions about material progression, the resolutions of a believer would and should be about one’s progression on the path of enlightenment and nearness to the Creator.

 

My suggestion would be that each person makes specific intentions for the year regarding; the amount of money one donates to charity, the amount of time one spends volunteering, the amount of time one wastes on idle pursuits (such as the internet, chatting, DVD’s and the like), memorizing verses of Quran or Prophetic traditions, making quality time to spend with family, assisting one’s mother and/or father, speaking well with one’s siblings, furthering Islamic knowledge, serving those less fortunate and thanking Allah for the all blessing and bounties for which He has bestowed upon us.  In addition, it helps to write down intentions and to regularly review those intentions in order to fulfill those commitments to yourself.

 

I ask Allah to accept all our deeds for the previous year and to pardon all of our sins, I also ask Allah to make the upcoming year one of great prosperity and advancement for all who proclaim to submit to the Divine will of the Most Merciful Creator of all that is in existence.
 
Source:

[B]A New Beginning from TODAY![/B]

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

So let us repent from our past sins and have a fresh new beginning today and make a firm conviction to try to fulfill our obligations unto Allah and do everything to please him and refrain from anything that may anger or displease him.

Let us live for the Hereafter which is FOREVER for our life in this temporary world may end at any second.

[B]No time like the present to make changes[/B]

There is no time like the present to make changes to our lives lest death takes us and without doubt death is a certainty.

Almighty Allah says, “Everyone shall taste death. And only on the day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to Paradise he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).” (Aal-‘Imraan 3: 175)

So let us not be decieved by the deception of this world for we can die at any second and if we have not prepared for the Hereafter then we will enter it empty hand.

So our only one chance is at this present moment. If we waste this very little time that we have in useless pursuits then there is no doubt that we will be in utter regret forever.

Therefore let us heed the words of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) when he said:

"He who loves his worldly life will harm his Hereafter. And he who loves his Hereafter will harm his worldly life. Give preference then, to that which is eternal (The Hereafter) over that which is temporary". (Ahmed)

I am reading through your comments for the start of the Islamic new year and i find them most enlightening. Plus your last link "to the productive Muslim" is good, giving a view to a non-Muslim.

It was your first comment that caught my interest [25th Nov 2011] and caused me to read further.

The World in Three Days

It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:

The life of this world is made up of three days: yesterday has gone with all that was done; tomorrow, you may never reach; but today is for you so do what you should do today. Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr p197.

So it is a wonderful time for reflection and to better ourselves. To start a new clean fresh sheet. Forget the past now but let us take lessons from it so that we can do better in the present. The past does not matter as it is gone. The future does not matter as much as it is not certain we will see the future but what matters is NOW. That we make the best of now and every second we have left. =========================================================================

To start a new clean fresh sheet. When you re-read your Quran, or if a Christian the Bible, try to read it with an open mind as if you are reading it for the first time. Allow God/Spirit within you to help you to understand your reading in todays values, not values of 100's of years ago. Jesus and Mohammed were people of their age/time and both left legacies for us today.

Jesus said, "I am, not I was, or will be". The only reality is now, the past has gone, the future is yet to come. We must learn from the past, use the experience to avoid mistakes in the future, but we must live in the now.