COMMEMORATION OF ACHIEVEMENT – ISLAMIC VIEW
October 23, 2023
What does achievement mean to you? How is an achievement supposed to be commemorated? What’s the stance of Islam on this subject matter? To broaden our knowledge and to further intimate us on how well to understand this, is the reason, Dr. K.K Busari, Zonal Missioner, Nasfat Osun Zone writes in from Osun State.
In Islamic tradition, the commemoration of achievements and milestones is encouraged as a way to express gratitude to Allah (God) for the blessings and opportunities provided. While there is no specific religious ritual for this, Muslims often engage in various acts of worship and thanksgiving.
1. Prayer (Salat): Muslims may offer extra prayers, known as “Nafl” prayers, to express their gratitude for their achievements. These are optional prayers and can be performed at any time.
2. Dua (Supplication): Muslims are encouraged to make supplications or duas in times of happiness and gratitude. They can thank Allah for the achievement and seek His continued blessings and guidance.
3. Sadaqah (Charity): Giving to the less fortunate is a significant aspect of Islamic practice. As an act of gratitude for one’s achievements, Muslims may choose to give to the needy or to charitable causes.
4. Sharing with Others: In Islamic culture, it’s common to share one’s successes and achievements with family and the community. This can be in the form of inviting people to a meal or a gathering where the achievement is celebrated.
5. Reflecting on Blessings: Muslims are encouraged to reflect on the blessings and favors of Allah, acknowledging that all achievements are ultimately from Him.
6. Recitation of Quranic Verses: Some Muslims choose to recite relevant Quranic verses or Surahs as a means of drawing inspiration and guidance from the Quran.
7. Holding a Gathering: Friends and family may gather to celebrate the achievement, offering their congratulations and support. The gathering may include the recitation of relevant Islamic poetry or passages.
It’s important to note that Islamic practices can vary by culture and tradition, so the specific way in which achievements are commemorated may differ among Muslim communities. The key principle is to maintain humility, gratitude, and a sense of reliance on Allah when celebrating personal achievements.
The emphasis is on maintaining humility and not becoming arrogant or boastful about one’s achievements. It’s also important to remember that success and accomplishments are ultimately a gift from Allah, and it’s essential to use these blessings for the betterment of society and in ways that align with Islamic values and ethics.
Individuals may choose to commemorate their achievements in a way that reflects their cultural and personal preferences while adhering to the principles of humility and gratitude that are central to Islamic teachings.