The Light of Ramadan

Insurance - - EDITOR'S NOTE - Dato’ Haji Syed Mo­heeb Syed Ka­marulza­man Editor in­sur­anceed­i­tor@mii.org.my

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.

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