Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sensitive Issue? It's even an issue??

Growing up, in Malaysia,where people of different races and religions, live side by side, growing up together, goes to school together, eat together, hang out together, speaks the language of nation,Bahasa as well as the language of ancestors, well, i gotta say we live pretty damn great here. Regardless of religions, everyone is entitled to practice their belief. Islam,Buddha,Hindu,Christian or even Atheist or u name it u got it. and i don't really get why on earth religion could be a sensitive issue. I mean, for you is your religion, and mine is for me. Respect is the main key! I'm a Muslim and i do respect people of other belief.  So today, i'll take on religion, Islam,my religion,my belief. ^^  and specifically I'm gonna blog about Fasting in Islam as the Ramadhan is just around the corner!Yaay!

First of all,there's a five pillar in Islam. 
i.Testimony
ii.Prayer
iii.Fasting
iv.Alms giving/ Zakat
v.Pilgrimage

As you can see, fasting is there,the third in the pillar. We,Muslims fast during the ninth month of Islamic calendar, which is the month of Ramadhan. The entire month that is. Below is the detailed explanation. 

Here's some of articles: Fasting In Islam and Fasting,
"Fasting is another unique moral and spiritual characteristic of Islam. Literally defined, fasting means to abstain "completely" from foods, drinks, intimate intercourse and smoking, before the break of the dawn till sunset, during the entire month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic year. But if we restrict the meaning of the Islamic Fasting to this literal sense, we would be sadly mistaken" ~Fasting In Islam
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At the most basic, other than just to show our devotion, Muslim fast just to reminds us that not everyone are as lucky as we are. Unfortunate people might have to eat only a meal or two for a day, and had to fight the hunger through out the day. That's the lesson i learned from it,apart from all the religious reason, when we're having hard time/in total hunger on a HOT day, that's when we return to GOD. We pray to GOD to lessen the burden and most importantly we became to appreciate what we have and eat for the day. It's such a relief when I break the fast after the sunset. I've been fasting since i was a little kid, so it's not really a burden to me anymore,well it used to be :P It's now a responsibility.

Usually the month of Ramadhan is the hottest month of all months. It's now already very-very piercing hot in Malaysia, i hope the weather will not be too harsh during Ramadhan. This year, we might start to fast on 1st August till the 30th, and we'll celebrate it on 31st of August, the same day as Malaysia Independence Day. This is gonna be interesting!!! Double celebration!

No matter what is your belief, it's YOU that counts!! You and only you, because i'm very sure in every religion, there's love and compassion being teach and preach. Let the love guide our life. Like, religion is a sensitive issue? what, it's even an issue? xoxo

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