Taqabbalah minna wa minkum!
May Allah accept our deeds and yours!
Selamat Hari Raya! That's how we say it in Malay.
Happy...happy...happy... many of us are indeed happy Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. But let's not forget those who are in a less desirable circumstances in Gaza and elsewhere throughout the world, those who may be either homeless or those who have a large family to feed yet are lacking in material means to enjoy Eid in a decent manner, unlike many of us who are relatively more fortunate. Also those who have recently lost their family members and friends particularly those who have been greatly affected by the MH370 and MH17 tragedies. May Allah grant them patience to see it through, may Allah reward them for their patience and faith in Him and the deen despite the severe trials they are facing.
Personally, I am very grateful and delighted to be celebrating Eid in my hometown Penang. My family had missed this opportunity for three years in a row, hence alfu alfu Alhamdulillah, more so because the home has been given a fresh new look since it was built in year 1999. For the three Raya (Eid) that we had missed, I missed the kampung (village) children the most! Am happy to share with you photos of some of these joy and barakah bringers. It was a pleasure chatting with them about their ambitions and laughing with them as children being children are candid and brutally honest.
Three boys I remembered dearly because when they came during the day, they asked if they could visit again in the evening. So they came again for dinner and they said they would be coming for lunch tomorrow, LOL. Pray these three boys Bilal (7), Muhammad Ramadan (9) and Muhammad Aiman (10) and the rest of my little precious guests will grow up to be men and women who are useful for the ummah, Ameen Allah humma ameen.
As you can see we have got a bunch of police personnel and doctors. I think the kampung folks will be safe and healthy inshaAllah. We have also got one person in the air-conditioning business (crucial in this hot weather), one pilot (bravo for still wanting to be a pilot), one car engineer, one teacher and one world class footballer! Perhaps, this is all we need LOL.
Selamat Hari Raya!
From Penang with love : )