It's the 29th of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah. We have just performed the last teraweh in KL and thus technically wrapped up this auspicious month. Those of you living in other continents might still have the last few hours of Ramadhan to cherish.
The imam at my local mosque reminded the jemaah about the importance of being watchful of the moments on the eve of Eid. That is if you do not want your heart dead - to state it quite frankly. How do you know if your heart is dead, asked the imam. That is when you become unaware of what is good and you cannot heed advice anymore. One of the rare opportunities for preventive measures will come tonight at Maghrib when we Muslims in Malaysia and several other countries celebrate the 1st of Shawal.
So let's not forget to recite takbir and tahmid as much as possible and make our heart lively therewith. I also echo the du'a made by the imam - may Allah make our life profitable in this world and the hereafter. Profitable is a direct translation of beruntung in Malay as he said it. You might say fortunate but fortunate means lucky whereas profitable indicates evident gains from a transaction. But why not profitable if we traded life with Him. That we agree to let Him be as we surrender to His workings (af'al). And we say the phrase of letting go and letting God - la hawla wala quwwata illah billahil 'aliyil Azeem.
So people, let's observe as much as possible the eve of Shawal.