Thanking Allah Taa’la for His Mercy
For having brought us into existence
You wake up on a bright sunny morning with a note of joy in the air: for it is a very important day of your life. It is the day when you had set foot into this world, out of your mother’s womb, and had been embraced by happy welcome and warm celebrations. Your birthday, the day whose importance exceeds that of any other day in the calendar and which marks a very important milestone of the journey that had begun in the womb when your father’s gamete was ordered by the Will of Allah to meet your mother’s gamete to set foundation for your BEING. The day of your birth which supersedes all happy occasions among the fallible creatures.
The moment you open your eyes on your birthday, what comes to your mind first? The happy faces of those who will wish you later, the warmth and joy that exudes the elation of those related to you, or the mercy of Allah Taa’la that He actually ordered you into existence? How many times have you thanked Allah in your life since you gained consciousness for having created you? How many birthdays have passed since you actually took a moment to weep in gratitude for the abundant mercy of the Al Mighty for bringing you into BEING from the state of nonexistence? It is even stated in the Noble Quran, “How dare you deny the existence of God Who gave you life when you initially had no life? He will cause you to die and bring you to life again. Then you will return to His Presence (2:28).”
All praise should only be set aside for Allah, for He is indeed the Glorious and the Magnificent.
I’d like to start by providing a few tips for making your birthdays a very special day of the year, for the day of your own birth holds importance like none other because it represents the stamp of Allah’s will and control over our life. Allah is the All Knowing, All Hearing and All Seeing, and He brings NO life into existence that has not a special duty assigned to it.
For God Himself has stated in the Holy Quran that we are naught but His deputies on earth.
1. Start the day with a ghusl (recommended, obligatory, or whichever applies)
2. Light incense (oud, bukhur, or whichever you have) and/or wear ittar (perfume); don on nice, clean clothes
3. Say a two rakat salat ul shukar for having completed the year successfully (since your last birthday)
4. Ask for guidance in the direction of your life, ask Him to shine His mercy on you and guide your heart in the direction that is ordained for you by His will – surrender your worldly desires for the ever lasting peace promised in the here after
5. Pray for the safety of yourself, of your loved ones, and of all momineen until the next year
6. Pray for extension of your years, for the betterment of your health, so you may live to serve the Al Mighty Allah Taa’la and His mighty creatures on the earth and that you may be able to gain the utmost delight of your Master
7. Pray that He bestow upon you the Glorious and Mighty sifa’at of His Self that you may be able to fulfill that which was ordained for you on the day of your creation
With this I’d like to wish all my fellow momineen and mominaat a very happy, delightful, and joyous year until your next birthday –and beyond.
May all the good things in life be yours. Ilahi Ameen
Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn,
I never was so happy since the hour I was born. - Anonymous
Not until a year ago I had known that my Islamic date of birth is 7th Rajab. Our DOB says a lot about who we are and what the AlMighty Allah ta'ala desires from our existance (now now, don't get into discussing that Allah ta'ala has no desires or wants, that is another thing altogether).
I have found a website that can be of great help in calculating your Islamic DOB, as the dates found here parallel to that of the Gregorian (shamsi) calendar thirty years ago:
I was informed of my own DOB in Hijri years by my biological father, and since I bumped across this site while searching for a date converter I figured that this calendar is accurate as per the dates from the year I was born.
Edited by shiaan e wali, 31 May 2007 - 04:44 PM.