Hari Raya: Time to Forgive

Ramadhan is a training ground for Muslims to train self restraint and discipline. It also to strengthen our bond with the almighty creator. The primary purpose of fasting during Ramadan is to remind all Muslims of self-control and submitting to Allah, the holy one. How much the month of Ramadhan means to you depends on how much you make an effort to make it special. It feels kind of sad that this month full of peace and blessings is about to leave us.
After one month of fasting in the month of Ramadhan, comes Hari Raya. Many mistake Hari Raya for the Muslim New Year but it is not. It is the festival that marks the end of one month of fasting. The day of celebration. I’m sure all Muslims out there must be so excited to celebrate this Hari Raya and same goes to me. 

It wouldn’t be a Hari Raya without the ‘balik kampung’. Kampung is a word in Malay and Indonesian language which means “village”. Many will go back to their ‘kampungs’ to celebrate the festival with their parents and relatives. It is also a time for family reunions. Everyone rejoices during this festive season. It’s impossible to avoid crowds especially when the Hari Raya mood is exuding from everyone and everywhere at this point of time.Just dont forget, whilst busy preparing for Raya, remember and thank our Creator, Allah for giving us another chance to celebrate Syawal.
The month of Ramadhan and the festivities of Hari Raya are very important in Malaysia. Malaysia is indeed a multi-cultural country where everybody celebrates everything. Hari Raya is a time for asking for forgiveness. No doubt we have our inter-customary squabbles once in awhile, but it’s during this holidays that all differences are set aside and things are put into perspective. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Eid Mubarak. And let us forgive each others mistakes, we’re only human, nobody’s perfect. Also, hopefully, the cheer and generosity does not only happen during the Ramadhan month, let us keep it the whole year. 

He spends waaaaaaaaay too much time on this, but he finds joy in nothing else. Go easy on him.
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