Countdown to Hari Raya

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
 

RAMADAN, THE HOLY MONTH when Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk, is nearly coming to an end. Starting next week, Muslims around the world will be busy with their preparations for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a celebration for successfully completing their religious obligations.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the first day of the Shawwāl month (tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar) and is expected to fall on July 28 this year.

In Malaysia, it is a typical practice, and the best time, for Muslims living or working in the cities to return to their hometowns, or kampungs, to unwind with their family members and friends in the more friendly, happening and harmonious environment of home, enjoying their long holidays away from the busy city life.

Throughout the rest of the week leading up to Hari Raya, The Borneo Post SEEDS will be publishing Hari Raya wishes from various members of our community along with their most memorable Hari Raya Aidilfitri moments.

 

A season full of meaning

 

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Nur Syazaliyana Abdullah Even, 32, housewife

 

For Nur Syazaliyana, a Bidayuh woman from Kampung Muara Mongkos, Serian, who converted to Islam 10 years ago, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the most meaningful day in her life.

“In the early years, the hardest part for me during the month of Ramadan was the fact that I had to fast, since I never did it before. As the years passed, Alhamdullilah, everything worked out fine for me, and Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the time that I wait for every year. It is the most historical and holiest month in my life.

“In this opportunity, I would like to wish Muslim community, Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin and may all be blessed this festive month.”

 

Hari Raya a time to enjoy good food, family and friends

 

(from left) Julrainal and Dzulkiflie during last year’s Hari Raya celebration at his house

Dzulkiflie (right) with his best friend, Julrainal during last year’s Hari Raya celebration at his house

 

For Kuchingite Mohammad Dzulkiflie Pathi, 25, who works as a BR1M officer, what makes Hari Raya extra special is the food.

He really loves the food served during Hari Raya especially rendang, ketupat, and kelupis.

He also loves the vibrancy of the Baju Melayu and Baju Kurung usually worn during the Ramadan month as they lend colour to the festivities.

On what he usually does during Hari Raya, “The first thing I will do in the morning is go for Hari Raya prayers at the village mosque. When I come home, I will ask for forgiveness from my parents, not forgetting waiting for them to give me Duit Raya. After which, I will go to Semariang Muslim cemetery to recite yassin for my late grandparents.”

Although his most memorable moment during Hari Raya would be the excitement he got when he received duit raya as a kid, and being chased by a dog, this is the first year he will be celebrating the festivities as an uncle; Izz Rayqqal as the latest addition to the family.

“I would like to wish Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to my parents, my siblings, my super childhood friends, Rahmat, Faizal, Jihan, Faziela and Nurmah, my best friend, Julrainal, my colleagues at BR1M Department of LHDN Kuching, and my mates from UiTM Samarahan and UiTM Puncak Alam, wishing everyone an enjoyable and blessed Hari Raya full of excitement.”

 

Check out tomorrow’s post for more Hari Raya memories and wishes…

 

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