Saturday, 25 August 2012

Salam Aidilfitri


Note:

  1. The greeting "Ta kobalallahu minna wa minkum" was what Nabi Muhammad SAW said.
  2. The greeting "Shiyamana wa Shiyamukum" was a friend's response to what the Prophet said.
  3. The greeting "Minal Aidil (Aidin) Wal Faizin" is commonly heard from the Indonesian Muslims.
  4. The greeting "Happy Eid Mubarak" or "Eid Mubarak" is commonly used in English worldwide.
  5. In Malaysia, we commonly greet with "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin". Aidilfitri must be emphasized since it is about being 'born again clean without sins' and it is different from Aidiladha which is about sacrifice. "Maaf Zahir dan Batin" means "Forgive me physically (physical self and actions) and emotionally (soul and actions)". With this greeting, it is thought that the person has asked for total forgiveness and thus purifies himself from all wrongdoings to the person he greeted. 

All these greetings support peace among the Muslim mass (Ummah). Therefore, Muslims must come together as one force and not fight each other. There is no point of Muslims fighting Muslims. There are better things to fight for - food, clothing and shelter for the less fortunate. So don't fight your Muslim brothers and sisters but fight for the poor people. The poor people need food, clothes and shelter. That is why I have used a blue Japanese porcelain bowl containing very little dry crispy food. Every time you fill up your plate or bowl, remember, there are millions of people who are hungry and without food. While you are enjoying your food and filling your bellies, the poor may never experience a full belly. Remember the poor who are always hungry ... they carry empty bowls.

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