Reflecting Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 1433H

Its time to celebrate. For the past 29 days, Muslims in Malaysia submitted to God’s will to restraint from all of the limitations of fasting in the month of Ramadhan. As a reward, God decreed that first day of Syawal is a day to rejoice on the ‘winning’ against man’s worse enemy; their own lust.

Its time when Muslims feast and host gatherings, where families and closest friends come together. They beg for each other’s forgiveness and wish them well. For the younger Muslims, they are often rewarded with a small token for the celebration, usually in the form of cash.

In our recent experience with the prosetlyzed Muslims and some of them were actually baptized, we can’t help to admit that there are large number of Malays who are now Christians. It could be something common in Indonesia where 2 million Malays are being baptized as Christians annually. However, not in Malaysia. At least not yet this severe. In fact, the Churches are ensuring that Malay who have embraced Christianity remain to cover themselves and practice their religious rituals as if they are still Muslim.

In our observation, many of them members of the society who are downtrodden. They are in dire need of something and the society failed them, for one reason or another. For that, the churches stepped in and provided for the void that society failed to do for these people. And the churches provision is very handsome and generous. More importantly, with their resources they could go the distant.

We at BigDogDotCom would like Malaysian Muslims to reflect on themselves and their contribution to their surrounding. If  as fardhu kifayah every single Malaysian Muslim do their bit no matter how small, the situation would have been different for these downtrodden brothers and sisters. The Malaysian Muslims must have the awareness and drive to pay tithe and give alms.

Of course, those who are entrusted to manage all these must diligently do their job. Failure will simply result the collection of tithe, alms and charities not properly channeled to those who are the right target groups.

The motto for the Federation of Malaysia is ‘Bersekutu bertambah mutu‘ (Unity os strength). The Malaysian Muslims must be united as a society, regardless of the political aspiration or parochial practices. Being fragmented as per present day, members within the society are sustainable to challenges that they are unable to endure. History have proven that when the Malays were united, they are a force to be reckoned with. For a society with very little economic or political power post World War II, the strength that arisen from the Malay unity failed Whitehall’s plan for the formal colonialisation via Malayan Union in 1946.

It is something the Malays, as mainstay of majority Muslims in Malaysia should really reflect, ponder and come to terms with.

In the time being, we all should also remember the members of essential services who are unable to be with loved ones, family, friends or enjoying the long weekend or school holidays. Particular the Police, Armed Forces, Firefighters, health services provider, utilities provider and border controls.

Our choice for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri entertainment is by a Singaporean crooner Halil Chik.

Published in: on August 19, 2012 at 02:53  Comments (1)  

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  1. In between visiting and being visited, I also want to say Selamat Hari Raya to all in here.

    And to say that we can condone ourselves for the proselytizing attempts and take comfort in realizing, on this auspicious occasion, that the Christians themselves have been weakened by so much division within their ranks and by desertion of the Christian faith in the past several decades that they became desperate and tried to convert others to cover the losses in their rank and file. Imagine the number of Christians who actually ran away to so-called Atheism, plus those who simply abandon the lifestyle of their fathers and those before them out of loss of interest, lack of commitment and laziness in going to Church or reading the Bible – the so-called “non-practising Christians”.

    Then there are the divisions and sub-divisions among the Christians – literally hundreds of sects and sub-sects. One Professor has said that the Protestants alone have more than 140 sects and sub-sects.

    What more in recent years so-called Evangelical Churches have sprung up like mushrooms. In the US and elsewhere. Collecting donations from the public through fiery and noisy speeches, the leaders walloping the cash donations, living in comfort and luxuries. Even in Malaysia such Evangelical churches sprouted up like towgeh. Including one run by a gay bloke who married a New York man with all the hoo haa in the mass media, as if promoting gays, not Christianity, in the churches.

    The Roman Catholic Church appears to have no control over the other Christians who appear to be competing to increase their flock. Therein lies the problem of transgression into the world of Islam. Thereby not respecting the fact that Islam is the religion of this country as stated in the Constitution and the laws that were enacted in pursuit of that. And we must do everything we can, especially those tasked with the responsibilities by the very purpose of their existence – the Islamic religious departments, the Minister i/c of religious affairs in PM’s Dept, etc – to thwart, contain and rid this country of attempts to proselytize Muslims.

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