The Move – A Prelude of Ramadhan 1435H


Ramadhan Note 2014

First of all, Salam Ramadhan to all my Muslim friends.

We are now in the month of July. In this month, Muslims are observing Ramadhan, a full month of fasting. Muslims believe that the month of Ramadhan is the best month to seek forgiveness, doing good deeds and to enhance our understanding about Islam, including improving the practices and rituals.

Of course, doing good deeds and practising the true way of Islam is not limit only in the month of Ramadhan. We are required to improvise ourselves from day to day, ultimately to become a good Muslim if not a perfect one. Ramadhan is the best platform of doing good deeds since the rewards are multiplied and appreciations are abundant.

My dearest friends,

It is said that our life is actually a cycle of events – in other words, all that happened are actually reflection of our past experiences, just it happened slightly different. You may not agree with me, but on my personal observation and first-hand experiences, I firmly subscribe to this idea. A friend of mine said this refers to ‘karma’, but I think it is more that just a karma.

Our life is a vast timeline, that began when we were born and continuously moving forward until the day when we no longer breathe – dead. In between the start and the end, we fill up the timeline with our actions, our thinking, our perceptions about situations, and other triggers that will affect the neighbouring timeline (our relatives, our friends, our co-workers, etc.).

Muslim believes that all of us has a predetermined script of life, in which we commonly call the Qada’ and Qadar. This script is the basis of our actions that shapes the situations, but we also are given the power to choose, based on our knowledge. There are certain things in the script that permanent is nature and hidden from us – one of it, is the date when we will die.

My dearest friends,

We are given options, but the problem is not on the options per say. We can select any of the options, and each of it has distinctive consequences. The consequences, or outcomes, are the thing that we are afraid of, regardless we are optimist or pessimist in nature. No one wants unfavorable consequences. Do you?

Therefore, to choose the best and right option is a challenge by itself. How confident we are, in holding firm with our chosen option. Are we ready to face the consequences, reactions, retaliation, lost, shame, etc. for the sake of betterment, a good future? There is a saying – When there is no clear option(s), the best thing is to do nothing. For short term, this might work, but sitting idle will not solve the issue since time is moving forward and a firm decision must be made.

My dearest friends,

This 10th of July will be the complete one-year term I am in Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK), the beautiful organization that I worked for. A year here means a lot – accumulated knowledge, experiences, observations and sharing. Yes, it seems there is a cycle of unfavourable events, but thank to Allah S.W.T. it is not severe as before. Experiences make us more mature and rational. We are travelling forward in our timeline and arguing on past misunderstanding will not solve anything. The past arguments are our learning process.

The situation has changed. The plan must be changed. The approach need reworking. Re-strategized. If life is indeed a cycle of events, then we must ready for adapting change(s). The move must be made.

The question is – what is the move?

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