Monday, 29 August 2011

Merdeka:Aidilfitr

Assalamualaikumwarahmatullah...(peace be upon You)

Alhamdulillah. I am still been give the chances to breathe the air. It had been for few months since my last update on this blog. Due to time constraint and other commitments, I thought it was better to give it a break for a while.
Alhamdulillah, as a Muslim, it has been 29 days for the Muslim to fast in the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan has entering its last stage. Quite sad though it will leaves us quite soon. The month which is full of blessings and forgiveness from Allah to His Believers.


As for the Malaysians, in this month of August, we will be celebrating two big events. Hari Raya Aidilfitiri(eid-fitri) and also Malaysia's 54th  Independence day. What I would like to highlight here is both events hold similarities to some extent. Raya means freedom. So as Merdeka holds the same meaning. Both are about freedom but it is in different context. Muslims celebrate eid fitri as a symbols of freedom and victory after fasting for a month. Ramadan is not only about fasting. It about changing the behaviour of a Muslim itself, from bad to good. Muslims have to fast from dawn until the dusk comes. In this month, there is a special prayer. It is called taraweeh. A prayer which only appears in the holy month of Ramadan. Prophet S.A.W. during this holy month had performed the solah(prayer) and there were many hadith(traditions) with regards to this prayer. What had came into my mind was how we perceived the Ramadan, compared to Prophet and the companions. Usually, it will be great welcome in the first few days of Ramadan, however it is not at the end of it. Compared to the sahabah(companions of the prophet), they also welcomed Ramadan greatly. But the different compared to us is when they were in the last few days of Ramadan. They were sad as this month will leave them soon. Even some of them made dua' to Allah, asked for forgiveness and may them meet Ramadan in the next coming years. It is different from the context that we have today. Muslims, in Malaysia, many of us seems to be happy for the coming of Syawal(the month of eid) rather than sad as Ramadan will leaves soon. This can be seen even at the middle of Ramadan, the songs of Eid are already being played in the radio or everywhere. As if we are too eager to welcome the Eid. Masyallah. May all of us realise what is currently happen to us. We may not know whether in the next coming years, we are still been given the same chances to fast in the holy month of Ramadan. Probably, and who know this might be the last year for us to celebrate Ramadan. We never know and Allah knows the best. 

Dear readers,

Lets us reflect on ourselves for a while. How much goodness had we done? Not only in this month but for the whole of our life. May Allah gives us His blessing and gives us the light(hidayah). Lets us reflect, did we really Merdeka(free) in our life? The answer is in your head. 

I would like to wish all the Muslims in the entire world Happy Eid Fitri, let us praise Allah for His blessings in this victorious day for us. And to all the Malaysians, happy Independence day for the 54th years. 



kamaruddin kairuu,
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29/8/2011

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