Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramadhan :

"(It was) the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…"

~ [al-Baqarah 2:185]

In conjunction with this Ramadhan, let me serve you with this one short story of Ramadhan.

One night during the month of Ramadan in the year 610 A.D. when Muhammad was 40 years of age and was passing the month in meditation in Mount Hira, he had a vision of an angel appearing before him. This angel introduced himself as Jibril and revealed that Muhammad was the messenger of Allah and was born to be a prophet to his people. The angel asked Muhammad to recite what he said:

"Recite in the name of your Lord Who creates.
Creates man from a clot.
Recite: And your Lord is the Most Bountiful
Who teaches by the pen,
He teaches man what he does not know."

With a confounded mind, Muhammad descended from Mount Hira and told everything to his wife Khadijah. He feared that he had had an encounter with an evil spirit. But Khadijah allayed his fears reminding him of his good conduct until then and that it was impossible for him to be visited by a demon. She took him to her old cousin Waraqa ibn Nawfal and told the latter everything about Muhammad's meeting with the angel. Waraqa ibn Nawfal was a much learned man and was well-versed in various sacred texts concerning different religion. The lettered man convinced Muhammad that he was indeed a messenger of God and the angel who visited Muhammad was the same divine messenger Gabriel who had also visited the hebrew prophet Moses.
In the following twenty-three years, Muhammad was visited many times by Jibril who taught him the holy knowledge in verses. This sacred knowledge consists of the code of conduct that Allah wants his people to maintain on earth. It is inscribed in verses which are compiled in the holy Qur'an, the most sacred book in Islam.
It is said that the sacred knowledge was revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. "Laylat al-Qadr ( malam Lailatul Qadar ) " - a night of the month is symbolically regarded as the same night on which the holy knowledge was gifted to Muhammad and mankind. The followers of Islam consider "Laylat al-Qadr" as the "Night of the Power", the holiest night of the year.
As a mark of respect to Allah and to show gratitude to him for the true knowledge that he gifted to his sons and daughters, the prophet asked his followers (and therefore the followers of Islam) to pass the month of Ramadanin fasting, prayers and other austerities and end the month-long non-indulgence with festive celebrations.

The Quran instructs us: 
"Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein. Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. Allah wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify Allah for guiding you, and to express your appreciation." [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:185] 

Thus was born the sacred occassion called Ramadan, a month-long period of austerity that sees devout Muslims across the world keep themselves away during the entire daytime, offering prayers and abstaining from almost every kind of enjoyment including drinking and abstaining from sex. For Muslims all over, it is a very special time - of introspection, meditation, self control, charitable activities, spirituality and of course, devotion to God.

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Alhamdulillah, ramadhan datang lagi. Walaupun hati sedih mengenang diri di negeri orang, tanpa keluarga di sisi untuk berterawih, bersahur, berpuasa dan juga berbuka tapi Alhamdulillah, diri ini dikurniakan dgn fizikan dan mental yang kuat untk menempuhi bulan Ramadahna yang mulia ini insyaAllah. 

Last night, I missed out the very first terawih. You know why, tak perlulah dinyatakan disini. Tapi insyaAllah sehari dua lagi akan mampu untuk ke masjid UiTM dan menunaikan solat sunat terwaih bersama rakan sekampus. 

Banyak fadhilatnya di bulan Ramadhan yang mulia ini. Jika dulu, semase kecil atau juga sebelum mumayiz dulu, seronoknya bila tiba Ramadhan ialah jika puasa cukup sebulan, mama akan bagi upah aka duit lah kan. Masa tu semuanya nak duit je. Kalau tak puasa tak dapat lah duit. tapi tu dulu, bila dah dewasa, dah boleh fikir apa yang wajib, sunat, halal, haram, alhamdulillah puasa itu cukup sebulan, dalam beberapa tahun sebelum I capai akil baligh.

This is the 3rd Ramadhan that I celebrate here in Dungun without family but with friends. To be precised, with room mates since I am still living in hostel. But, its okay. I will be home soon enough to berpuasa dan menjalankan ibadah sunat terwaih bersama keluarga. I don't know but somehow this Ramadhan I rasa hati ni sayu, sedih, terharu sangat. The past two Ramadhans I tak terasa sgt. But this year lain macam sikit. Mungkin factor of its-the-3rd-time-now-I-can't-take-it-anymore. or I'm 20 and I am an adult. Or apa2 factor yang I sendiri tak dapat nak ungkapkan or more to I sendiri don't know why or what or how. Jadi I harap sgt, sempena Ramadhan yang mulia ini, I akan dapat perbaiki diri, muhasabah diri untuk menjadi orang yang lebih bersyukur, matang dah better person. I am 20 now, and yes its a huge number for a girl so I harap Ramadahn kali ini akan lagi bermakna dari yang sebelumnya, agar dapat I melaluinya dengan sempura, tanpa halangan yang mencabar dan tanpa cabaran yang tegal.

So to my family, friends, contacts and all muslims, selamat menyambut Ramadhan al-Mubarak.


miss wind_elena said...

alololohhh. hepi ramadhan too ! :)

nabila riduan said...

hahah tqqqqqq :)
you too babe!