Saturday, June 24, 2017
Salleh Said Keruak
We celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan, the month when all Muslims are supposed to restrain, refrain and reflect. Ramadan is the month we keep our lust and desires in check, we discard our arrogance and temper, we demonstrate humility and humbleness, we harbour compassion and love for others, and we spend our time reflecting on our deeds and our duties. In fact, meditation or muraqaba would be what Muslims in fasting should be doing.
The first day of Shawwal is the day to celebrate our victory during the month of Ramadan -- the victory over our own self, what can be called the small jihad. During Ramadan we not only refrain from eating, drinking and smoking, but also from hurting others, either physically, verbally or emotionally. And Shawwal is the day we ask and offer forgiveness for our transgressions, whether intentionally or otherwise.
Unfortunately, not all Muslims understand the spirit of Ramadan and Shawwal, not only in Malaysia but all over the world. Conflicts and animosity continue and we allow our egos, hatred and anger to cloud our judgement. This is not Islam and is not what Ramadan and Shawwal stand for. So let us celebrate Shawwal as a day of peace and forgiveness, not only for the good of the ummah but for the good of all Malaysians.