A New Year: Revive a Forgotten Tradition💐

 

Dear Shaykh Mohammed Daniel,

 

Is there a "New Year dua" as some of my friends said it is not correct, but a bidah. Can you help me please as I want to practice it if OK?

 

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Esteemed questioner,

 

May Allah bless you for the spirit you have shown in trying to revive the blessed traditions of this deen in a time when many scholars have resorted to encouraging us to adopt non-Muslim traditions in order to follow the 'status quo' and please others.

 

The Apostle of Allah ﷺ spoke about these days and the immense reward in store for people such as yourself when he said: 

 

“Upon you lie days of patience. Patience then will be similar to grasping on to burning embers of coal. The one who commits good deeds will have the reward of equivalent to fifty people." The companions asked: 'The reward of fifty of them?' He ﷺ said: "The reward of fifty of you. They are the ones who revive my tradition (sunnah) and teach it to the people." (Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Bazzar)

 

In reference to the Hadith that you sent the wording of which is:

 

حدثنا محمد بن علي الصائغ، قال: حدثنا مهدي بن جعفر الرملي، قال: حدثنا رشدين بن سعد، عن أبي عقيل زهرة بن معبد، عن جده عبد الله بن هشام، قال: كان أصحاب النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- يتعلمون هذا الدعاء إذا دخلت السنة أو الشهر: (اللهم أدخله علينا بالأمن والإيمان، والسلامة والإسلام، ورضوان من الرحمن، وجواز من الشيطان) رواه الطبراني في الأوسط (6241) 

 

The above narration is relatively weak due to the narrators in the chain. Rishdeen ibn Saad is weak and according to some Hadith experts Mahdi ibn Jafar is classed as weak. Based on this, the narration cannot be used to establish the sahabah did practice this tradition.

Having said that, the Bidah police should not have been so hasty in judgment because there exists a tradition in a lesser known Hadith work which comes to us with an authentic chain that Imam al Bukhari (ra) used in his work.

 

al-Hafidh ibn Hajar (RA) states it in al-Isabah fi Asma'a al-Sahabah under the biographical account of Abdullah ibn Hisham (RA)

 

قال ابن حجر رحمه الله تعالى في كتابه الإصابة في ترجمة عبد الله بن هشام رضي الله عنه (2/378): وأخرج له أبو القاسم والبغوي من طريق أصبغ عن ابن وهب بسند الحديث الذي أخرجه له البخاري في الشركة حديثا آخر رواه عن الصحابة ولفظه: كان أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يتعلمون الدعاء كما يتعلمون القرآن إذا دخل الشهر أو السنة: اللهم أدخله علينا بالأمن والإيمان والسلامة والإسلام وجواز من الشيطان ورضوان من الرحمن, وهذا موقوف على شرط الصحيح. ا.هـ

 

Translation:

 

"The companions of the Apostle of Allah ﷺ would learn supplications (dua) as they would learn the Quran. If a new month or year came upon them they would supplicate:Transliteration:Allahumma adkhilhoo 'alaynaa bil amni wal imaan was salaamati wal islam wa jawazi minash shaytaan wa ridwaan minur rahmaan.

 

'Oh Allah make it a time of security and imaan; with peace and Islam and keep us from satan and may al-Rahman be pleased with us.Please feel free to follow the tradition of the Sahabah and practice this supplication.And Allah knows bestMay Allah bless you and all readers with a prosperous and wholesome year.

 

Mohammed Daniel

Faculty of Hadith

Cordoba Academy

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