A brand new year. A brand new week. A brand new day at the office.
I know most of us are dreading going back to work today after a long break of relaxation and festivities. It doesn't have to be that bad, really.
As Muslims, we value the opportunity of having a job. It is a luxury, to be able to have a work to go to every morning. Not everyone can, even if they wanted to. Allah s.w.t. says in Surah an-Naba': "And We created you in pairs. And We made your sleep as a time of rest. And We made the night (covers you like) a garment. And We made the day a time for you to acquire a livelihood." [78:8-11] Every actions of the children of Adam is measured: a time to work, a time to rest and a time to play.
Having a job teaches us many things as processes of life: discipline, responsibility, accountability, ensuring that we obtain Halal provisions to feed ourselves and our families. Importantly, having a job is a beautiful opportunity for us to perform 'ibadah throughout the day.
The ability to earn a living is one of the Blessings and Mercies that Allah s.w.t. has favored upon us. It is earning a decent living. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said in a Hadith: "No one ever ate any food superior to that which came from the labor of his hands. The Prophet of Allah Daud (a.s.) used to eat from the labor of his hands." [Bukhari]
Go forth with the beautiful attitude that your work will indeed occupy a large part of your life, and that it will benefit many people around you or those whom you will never meet. So you must perform great work, and you can do this only if you love what you do. Most of all, be passionate and enjoy your work even if this seems a remote possibility to some of you.
People of Faith are a wondrous group of people. They will turn around even a flicker of life's anxiety into something meaningful and beautiful.
So, enjoy the start of the new work year. Love what you do because Allah will never overlook any small efforts that you perform for His Sake, insyaAllah.
Be an inspirational source of blessings to all.