Dear readers,
Assalamu Alaikum.
Another new year is here. We have reasons to thank Allah (swt) for the blessings we enjoyed last year. We also need to remain steadfast on achieving positive aspirations despite the mountains of difficulties and oddities we have been facing now for quite sometimes.

It is true that crisis have been inflicted upon us- at home and in abroad. Many have been killed here, many more have been lost in the darkness of the time, others have fled their homes for how long they themselves do not know. Out there, tides of Muslim refugees have flooded European coastal lines. Many have been embraced by the Mediterranean. Some have, however, succeeded to smile after a nightmarish journey through the rifle-ridden borders.

Crisis has engulfed the Muslim mind as well. We are now divided into more sects than ever and each, this time, is more rigid and hostile to others. We have lost honoring our fellow Muslims. People claiming to be Muslim are now killing innocent civilians in the name of Islam.

Dear youth,
Only a true education could save us. But our education system has failed our young generation. The trust now is completely lost. Situation is even worsening. Corruption has inflicted every step of our education system.

Dear brothers and sisters,
But Muslims are not allowed to get frustrated. We stand strong even in the darkest adversities. It is the best time to educate ourselves with the necessary knowledge so we can clearly distinguish between black and white. We need to take specific plans for the new year and should remain steadfast to achieve it to the end. We should reach out to our classmates, friends and neighbors with good deeds and behaviors. We need to win, and not defeat, others by serving them in despair. And that is, my dear friends, the true identity of the follower of the prophet Muhammed pbuh.

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