The Light of Ramadan
If you have ever read a really good novel or been to see a really good film at the cinema, it is difficult to convey how much you enjoyed it to someone who did not read the book or see the film. No matter how much you describe the action and the characters, you need to have experienced them at first hand to fully appreciate how good they are. Ramadan is a bit like that. Telling someone who has not experienced the joy of Ramadan exactly what it is like is just like telling them about a film they have not seen. The idea of fasting for a whole month is quite alien to most people in the world. Cutting down on food for a while to lose weight is perhaps the nearest they have ever got to fasting. Doing so for God’s sake will be quite outside their experience. Ramadan is about far much more than giving up food and drink during the hours of daylight. We know that with the right intention, we can feel both uplifted and content by the very fasting that seems to others so odd. The coming of Ramadan is to remind everyone just how wonderful it would be if everyone in the world was given the chance to start over again, to forget the mistakes of the past, and to begin anew. There are not many people who would turn down such an opportunity. All of us have made mistakes. We also deliberately do things we know to be wrong. Ramadan is a chance for us to re-examine the way we have lived our lives over the past year. We can resolve to lead a better life in the year to come. It is like a spiritual Spring-cleaning, where we dust everything down, and throw out everything that is not important and essential in our lives. Fasting during Ramadan brings us so many blessings, not least the blessing of seeing how fortunate we really are. When the call to prayer sounds at the end of the day, we are able to eat our fill. There are many in the world, though, whose fast will not end with the call to prayer. They will starve to death because they have no food. Our fasting in Ramadan gives us the chance to feel how hungry those who are less fortunate than us would feel. It helps us to give thanks for all the things we take for granted. We take for granted not only things like food and water, but also the love of our family and friends, the good health we enjoy, and the fact that most us will have somewhere to sleep tonight. Ramadan speaks directly to our hearts of the One who created all things. The month of Ramadan suffuses the whole environment with a spirit of righteousness, virtue and piety. Just as plants have their season of flowering, so is Ramadan, it is the time of the year for the growth and flourishing of goodness and righteousness. In anticipation of the festive season, all of us here at MII, would like to extend our warmest wishes to our readers— Selamat
Hari Raya Aidilfitri. May the light of Syawal brings us peace and happiness and we wish you a safe journey home to your loved ones.