Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
So tomorrow is Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Eidul Fitri or Eid Mubarak for Brunei. Most of other countries started yesterday and today. Hari Raya is one of the two main festivals for the Muslims, the other being the Hari Raya Aidil Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice – held during the end of the haj pilgrimage season.
Anyway, back to Hari Raya. The day is the V-Day for Muslims who have fought spirtitually, mentally and physically during the whole month of Ramadhan. Aidilfitri (from the Arabic Eid-ul-Fitra) is the celebration of fitrah, and marks the end of Ramadhan. Hence the ‘Fitri’ word at Aidil Fitri. Some parents took the liberty of naming their children with, usually ‘Fitri’ for boys and ‘Suraya’ for girls who are born during Hari Raya.
My late grandma (may Allah bless her soul) used to say that those who didn’t fast should not celebrate Hari Raya. There must be some truth in this, right? Hari Raya is the time where we celebrate after winning in the month-long struggle; not only to fight thrist and hunger but to discipline ourselves and deepen our faith in Islam.
When I was very young, I used to believe that I must fast ‘religiously’ as much as I can so I can celebrate Hari Raya and get to wear new clothes and shoes and make visits to collect – not money during my time but candies and expensive chocolates. Aww….such sweet memories…
Ramadan, a month of piety, restraint and meditation should be capped by zakat fitrah, the giving of tithe which is mandatory of all adult and sane Muslims on behalf of themselves as well as their dependents. Fasting during Ramadan and the giving of zakat (charity) constitute two of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat means purification, of our wealth and souls. Zakat fitrah purifies our earlier fasting.
So to all Muslims around the world, Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. To those who know me personally or virtually, I sincerely ask for forgiveness for my words or actions which I may have did unintentionally. May Allah bless you and I seek forgiveness from Him too.
To my Malay readers, enjoy this pantun which have been sent to me by my dear friend at the Info Dept…
Berhari raya memakai gelang
Gelang emas penuh selengan
Ramadhan pergi raya menjelang
Marilah bergembira menyambut kemenangan
Mercun di main bunyi berdentum
Berdentum dekat rumah Pak Salleh
Tangan di hulur senyum menguntum
Dengan pertanyaan ” Minta Duit Raya..Bulehh?” (okay, am too old for duit raya)
Berbaju kebaya berantai intan
Terkebil-kebil mata semua
Di sini saya mengambil kesempatan
Memohon maaf pada semua
Hari raya memasak kari
Kari di masak minah kumari
Hanya email penganti diri
Kalau beli kad raya badgetku pulak lari
Hari raya berbaju kebaya
Berbaju kebaya si kebaya nyonya
Sekian seloka dari saya
Dengan ucapan “Selamat Hari Raya”
“Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Dan Batin”
“Berhati-hati Di Jalan Raya”
“Hari Raya Untuk Dirai Bukan Untuk Ditangisi”