Birthdays are a joyful time, a yearly opportunity to celebrate life.
It is good to be thankful for what you have in life and what you have accomplished. But open your eyes to the larger picture. If we are to appreciate the fruits of life, we must first appreciate the tree that bears the fruit: birth itself.
Birth is your beginning. It is a window to the chance of a lifetime, the chance to fulfill your unique mission. So a birthday is a momentous occasion, to be commemorated just as a nation commemorates its birth or as an organization celebrates its founding. Still, it is much more than an occasion to receive gifts. It is a chance to remember the day that a major event occurred, to celebrate and give thanks and to reflect upon how well we are fulfilling our calling.
Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. It is your duty to be receptive to that force. How do you do so? By committing to a life guided by God’s will, and by using the abilities and resources you were born with to perfect yourself and society, and to make the world a good and sacred home.
A birthday is a time to celebrate birth itself, the joy of life. It is also an occasion to rethink your life: How great is the disparity between what you have accomplished and what you can accomplish? Are you spending your time properly or are you involved in things that distract you from your higher calling? How can you strengthen the thread that connects your outer life and inner life?
A birthday can also teach you the concept of rebirth. To recall your birth is to recall a new beginning. No matter how things went yesterday, or last year, you always have the capacity to try again. Your birthday is a refresher, a chance for regeneration—not just materially, but spiritually.
There is no better way to celebrate a birthday than to commit a special act of goodness. It is easy enough to say you are thankful; it is far better to show it by doing a kind deed, something that you did not do yesterday. Not because someone is forcing you. Not because someone suggests it. But simply because your inner goodness, your soul, wants to express its thanks for being born and alive.
Such an act of kindness gives God great pleasure, because He sees that the servant in whom He invested, the particular servant He wanted to be born on a particular day, is living up to her potential. And nothing, of course, gives a parent greater joy. This is the true experience of birth, the true beginning of a life of meaning.
Celebrations are not just about being with family and friends and spending time together enjoying your special day, it is also about being thankful for each day of life.
It is certain that every day is a chance of life, so each day is a reason to celebrate. We wait for special occasions to celebrate but rather each day we learn, accomplish and grow so we must appreciate each and every moment of life.
Dear Temmytorhpe Mustapha, You are an amazing woman who stands for what you believe and absolutely it is the righteous path. You personify humility and kindness. A true blessing amongst her peers you are. To Issa Shuaib, you are pillar of support, conduit of hope, zenith of love and affection. May Allah bless you beyond measure.
Celebrate your day, make the most of it by loving, giving and being grateful. I rejoice with you on this special day and I pray that you will not die Young. Happy Birthdate Celebration, ma.