Salam Ramadhan to all my muslim brethrens
The beauty of Ramadhan lies in our efforts to get closer to Allah. Starting with 'niat' for fasting, we would continue to state our intention in every thing we do - we do this in the name of Allah, God Almighty. With God's willing, when we submit our ourselves - through our heart, mind and soul - rest assured, we would do it the best we can, with all humility that we seek God's guidance to walk through this treacherous world. Instead of merely an activity, we do everything with full responsibility, that serves a purpose that brings goodness to mankinds.
The beauty of Ramadhan lies in our rigorous efforts to recite His miraculous Guide - Al-Quran - as "this is month in which it was sent down as a guide to mankinds and also clear signs for guidance between right and wrong" (Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 185). I always believe that by reciting Al-Quran, our heart is soothed, our mind is clear and our soul is nourished.
Once, Umar Al-Khattab was on his way to kill our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), when someone told him that his sister has embraced Islam. He detoured and went to confront his sister, who was reciting the first six verses from Surah Ta-ha. These simple, beautiful verses overtook his anger, his pure madness to kill another human being. On that very day, he went to see Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - he embraced Islam in front of the Prophet, instead of killing him.
That's the beauty of Ramadhan and the gift it has given us - Al-Quran.
Encik Art Harun's message to me epitomises Ramadhan's spirit at its best: -
"May all of us find humility, peace and above all the human spirits which make all of us Khalifah on this earth of His this Ramadan. We shout. We scream. And most of the time in our pursuit of our desires, we forget that those mean nothing in His eyes unless we are willing to submit to His ways, and those are the true ways. May we find The ways this Ramadan. Amin".
Yes, may we all find The Ways this Ramadhan. Amin.