Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Happy Ramadhan!

I know it's kinda late to wish Happy Ramadhan to my fellow Muslims, but at least the first week of fasting isn't over yet. Alhamdulillah, I got the chance to fast at home with my family these first few days since IIUM "kindly" gave us 5 days of midsem break - which is over tomorrow. Sigh.

It seems that we've just celebrated Hari Raya & Raya Haji, but all of a sudden it's Ramadhan again. I'm sure that most of us are already thinking about and planning for Hari Raya (myself included), such as what to wear, what kuih raya to order, etc. But to be able to celebrate Hari Raya happily, we have to first complete the fasting month. Because that's what Hari Raya is all about anyway...a day of victory for the Muslims who have successfully completed 30 days of fasting.

To me, Ramadhan is also a month of jihad - jihad with our own self (Nafs). Since all the Syaitans have been chained up by Allah, the only thing that can still whisper bad things to us is our own nafs. Like one lecturer always said, it all comes back to the soul factor. If your soul is good, it will motivate you to do good things, insha Allah. Check out this hadeeth:

Al-Bukhaari & Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“When Ramadaan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

As mentioned in the hadeeth, all the gates of Paradise are open to us in Ramadhan. If we do 1 good deed, Allah will reward us with 10 good deeds. But if we do 1 bad deed, Allah will only punish us with 1 sin. There...isn't Allah the Most Merciful?

So let's all step up our efforts and increase our 'ibadah this month...may this Ramadhan be better than the last for all of us, and may Allah accept all our deeds and 'ibadah, insha Allah.

Happy fasting to everyone!

**If there are any incorrect facts, please let me know.


Along said...

Happy Ramadhan and happy fasting!! Semoga Ramadhan ni membawa keberkatan utk Muslim sejagat. Amin.

Azhar Abdullah said...

Selamat Berpuasa Kak Long (and family-if still in Penang..)

You guys raya mana? Kami Melaka...kalau sama boleh kita jumpa ya..

All the best to you..

p/s : Paling tak best belajar jauh2 ni ialah masa berbuka puasa dan bersahur..kan..hehe..

BukiTiLMu ( BI ) said...

selamat berpuasa jugak..

semoga ramadhan kali ni byk memberi kebekatan pada kita...


p/s=u ni amik tesl ke?

Little Bookworm said...

Pak Ndak: Thanx! Dah blk uia dh...betul la p.ndak, plg tak best jauh2 ni mmg bab bukak puasa n sahur. tp plg tak tahan sahur...kalau kt umah mkn quaker oat n nasi for sahur. kt uia mkn roti je...mls nk pi cafe punya pasal. hehe.

Ktorg raya kt Melaka tahun ni...sama la ye! hope to meet you guys. boleh jumpa baby zain!! :D

فاطمة الزهراء said...

Salam lailatul qadr..jgn lupa rebut peluang akhir ramadhan :)

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