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Monday, August 29, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Puasa

"Selamat Hari Raya Puasa, Maaf Zahir dan Batin" are phrases we normal heard the people say when the Muslim completed their fasting month of Ramadhan and the feast started.

But what actually happen during this month....

I did the same fasting during my schooling days in Kelantan.
I started fasting in the month of Ramadhan during Form One and quit fasting one year after Form Six. I am quitting as some kampong people said I am weird, fasting and yet I am not Muslim. Furthermore I am really exhausted working alone cutting down sago in the farm without food and water.

In the beginning, I know nothing of fasting and I fast because my Muslim friends are fasting. Our Ustaz and Ustazah at the school really helped in my understanding of what fasting really is. But my friend used to laugh at me for fasting without pahala (grace).
They used to say, "Ah! Ari, your fasting is worthless. You are not a Muslim"
But Ustaz told me that fasting is more than food alone, it include your eyes and your ears, your hands and your legs, your mouth, your tongue and your nose, your desire and your heart.

What a wonderful fast it can be?!
It trains my eyes to be impartial and merciful.
It trains my ears to be attentive to the goodness of others.
It trains my hands to be fast to help others.
It trains my legs to avoid bad hats but fast to go where the help is needed.
It trains my mouth to speak gracious words to encourage and uplift others who are down.
It trains my tongue to hold tight when bad word comes to my ears.
It trains my desire to be holy.
It trains my heart to have love and compassion towards others.
Wonder why they said it's worthless for me!!!!

Even when Allah do not give me anything as per my friend said but Fasting trained me to be a better person.

In a few days , we are having Hari Raya Puasa celebration  and I wish you, brothers and sisters,

It's a day to celebrate the training is completed with flying colours. Fasting month is completed full heartedly and the new being emerge with purity of mind and heart and ready to walk amongst the wolves.
It's a celebration of victory over the Evil.

Once again,
May Peace be with you.

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