Hari Raya: a time to celebrate one’s victory after Ramadan

We continue with our third installment in the countdown to Hari Raya Aidilfitri with Khairul Herry Al Azhar and Amran Tut.

By Jude Toyat

FOR KHAIRUL HERRY AL AZHAR, Hari Raya is a time to celebrate the success of overcoming the rigours of the fasting month and to celebrate it joyfully with family and friends.

Khairul Herry Al Azhar

Khairul Herry Al Azhar

“I celebrate Hari Raya happily by visiting homes of my family members, neighbors, and friends,” he said, adding that his favourite Raya memory was when he received lots of Duit Raya as a kid. “Nowadays, I don’t receive any since I am the one giving them away.”

The 24-year-old from Kuantan  took this opportunity to wish his family, relatives and friends a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“Maaf Zahir dan Batin, Sepuluh Jari Mohon Ampun.”

Amran Tut, 31, a programme publisher for television also regarded Hari Raya as a way to celebrate his victory after a month of fasting.


Amran Tut, 31, Programme Publisher for TV Section RTM Sarawak, Simunjan

Amran Tut

Celebrated on the first day of Shawwāl, Raya is also time for feeling grateful and thankful for the blessings one receives in life.

Amran explained that “Usually, two days before Hari Raya, me and my family members will gather together, to prepare for the celebration and everyone is so eager to meet each other with excitement filling the atmosphere.

He explained that the night before Raya, his family will divide itself into three groups. The first group makes sure the house is in proper order, the second prepares the Raya biscuits and cakes, and the third group cooks the main dishes.

“My most memorable moment of Hari Raya is when I had the opportunity to celebrate it with my late grandmother and father. When I look back on it, I feel very sad. Another moment would be when our curtain wasn’t put up properly; the whole household went into a frenzy until I got a headache from it. Very funny.

“Here, I would like to wish Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to my mother, Anni bte Ali, my sisters, my brothers, and my other siblings. Also to my wife, Ismarafika Mohktar and my in-laws, as well as my beloved colleagues from RTM Sarawak. Ampun dan Maaf Dipohon. Forgive me for all my wrongdoings. With Love, Arm.”

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