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HolyRamadan

 

HOLIER THAN THOU

There’s a certain aura about the Muslim month of Ramadan that makes one feel holy – sometimes holier than thou!

There’s a certain purity about the month of abstinence when all worldly indulgences – food, drink, sexual intercourse – are put on hold, all human aspersions cast aside as one acquires tattaqun, ‘ self restraint’, ‘awareness of God’, ‘guarding a thing from what harms it’.

O YOU who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God: [fasting] during a certain number of days. But whoever of you is ill, or on a journey, [shall fast instead for the same] number of other days; and [in such cases] it is incumbent upon those who can afford it to make sacrifice by feeding a needy person.

And whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby; for to fast is to do good unto yourselves – if you but knew it.

It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was [first] bestowed from on high as a guidance unto man and as a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of you lives to see this month shall fast throughout it; but he that is ill, or on a journey, [shall fast instead for the same] number of other days. God wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol God for His having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].

AL-BAQARAH (183 – 185)

Ramadan is the special time when you specially ‘discern the true from the false’,  ‘extol God for His having guided you aright’ ,  ‘render your thanks [unto Him]’.

In abstaining from the abundance of worldly temptations, one is  embracing the abundance of faith in the spirituality of God, faith in the goodness of man, faith in one’s own spirituality.

I’ve never been obsessively self-righteous about my religion nor rigid in  observing its multifarious rites and rituals but I try to do the right things – right against the larger universal understanding of good and evil. The outer manifestations of one’s faith must be consistent with one’s inner contemplations of it.

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Yet  when I started fasting at 5, it was the pure joy of waking up to a feast of my favourite lauk for sahur and the sheer ecstacy of  buka puasa on more of the special juadah that motivated and inspired me to complete the whole month’s ‘abstinence’. Besides, the inclusiveness of the Muslim fast and prayer has always been the strength of the silahturrahim in Islam.

In middle age, when hormones are sparse and the body needs no excuses to enlarge itself, feasts and expansive spreads of food have ceased to be one’s main temptations. Besides, too much human goodness sometimes has a certain exclusiveness about it – a sense of the dreaded “holier than thou” which I try to avoid!

May we continue to be inspired by the truth of Allah and His love, mercy and compassion as we continue to seek the truths and realities of our so, so human existence in the month of Ramadan – and beyond!

Let’s Read the Quran 2

Peace!

Good news, we are bringing back the Let’s Read The Quran Campaign this Bulan Puasa.

 Campaign name: Let’s Read The Quran (2)

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The first campaign (January 14 – February 14 2009) was started by four friends Syed, Walski, Marina and Anas. By the end of it, about 50 other blogs also participated helping us to reach a larger audience.There were also many calls for us to extend this very popular campaign.

Well, here it is!

This time around, four more friends will be part of the main team; they are Art Harun, Jahamy, Pah Nur and Nizam Bashir.

To recap, the campaign is not only for Muslims, but also for our brothers and sisters who are Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and those who believe
in God and a proper way of doing things – come join us and share your ideas! You can join this campaign even if you are an atheist!

The goal of this campaign is to encourage people to read the Quran in the language they understand best and find in it areas of common value for our day to day living.

We also want to hear your feedback and comments.

What is the Campaign all about?

Read the Quran in the language that you are familiar with.

When will the campaign start and end?

August 22nd to September 21st (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri)

Where?

Participating blogs in the blogosphere.

Why?

So more people know what the Quran says and what the Quran does not say and to match its relevance to our daily lives.

Who?

Anyone who wants to – the more the merrier! If you have a Blog, Facebook, etc do please carry the logo/icon.

How?

– To join the campaign, place the accompanying logo/icon on your blog.
– Write or share short articles based on the Quranic text.
– Share what you find in the Quran with family and friends.
– Ask questions about the Quranic message
– Read the Quran – eg click here http://www.islamicity.com/QuranSearch , www.altafsir.com


Peace and Thanks, and Selamat Berpuasa to those fasting,

Marina Mahathir http://rantingsbymm.blogspot.com

Syed Akbar Ali http://syedsoutsidethebox.blogspot.com

Walski http://asylum60.blogspot.com

Art Harun http://art-harun.blogspot.com

Pah Nur http://lunchatthelakeclub.blogspot.com

Rapera http://jahaberdeen.blogspot.com

Nizam Bashir http://nizambashir.com and,

Anas Zubedy http://letusaddvalue.blogspot.com

* from rantingsbymm

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