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Selamat Hari raya

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Setiap tahun semakin umur meningkat, semakin aku rasakan yang Hari raya sudah tidak semeriah dahulu. Kini Hari Rayaku lebih kepada memenuhi keperluan isteri dan anak-anak. Baju, kasut dan keperluan anak-anak dan isteri telahpun dibeli tapi bagi diri aku sendiri tiada apa-apa persediaan. Mungkin baju Melayu tahun lepas masih elok untuk dipakai dipagi Raya.
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Aku makin tidak seteruja dahulu untuk beraya. Mungkin faktor umur, mungkin juga dulu aku amat menanti saat-saat balik kampung untuk bertemu ayah dan ibu, tapi apabila mereka telah tiada lagi untuk menyambut kepulanganku, aku rasa kemanisan balik kampung itu sudah tiada.
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Aku amat merindui zaman kanak-kanakku berhari raya bersama ayah dan ibu tersayang. Walaupun mereka tidak pernah menghulurkan sampul berisi wang dipagi raya, tidak pernah memberi upah atas puasaku semasa kecil, tidak pernah menyajikan hidangan istimewa pelbagai rasa di pagi raya, tiada juga perabut baru, langsir baru dan hamparan baru, namun Hari raya bagiku pada waktu…

Welcoming Ramadan

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Muslims around the world celebrate the arrival of the holiest month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims from all continents unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection. Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing a community-wide fast. The annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five "pillars" of Islam. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu'ran.

As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our l…