We’re in the final week of Ramadan, time flies! By this time next week, Muslims across the world will be celebrating Eidul Fitr (Monday or Tuesday, dependent on the moon sighting). This is a festival in celebration of our month’s fast in Ramadan. It is an auspicious, happy and joyous day, where we thank God the Almighty for His many bounties. I look forward to Eid, but I cannot help but feel for those who are currently suffering. There’s always people suffering everywhere, but my thoughts now rest with the people of Gaza and those who perished on Malaysia Airlines MH17. I’m certain you’ve all heard of the latest atrocities concerning them. At the end of the day, it’s always the innocent people (men, women, many children, i.e. families) who have lost their lives in the most tragic way.
My heart goes out to their loved ones, who would have to carry on with their lives broken-hearted. They will never be the same, it would be very hard to smile again. We know death is for certain, no one escapes it. We feel sad when someone we love dies, even in the most natural circumstances. But like in the case of MH17, or MH370 (which disappeared in March) or the ongoing wars, we can only imagine what their loved ones must be going through. The trauma would stay for a very long time. I find it hard to be happy when I think of their suffering. I find comfort in knowing their souls will all be in Heaven, given the circumstances of their death. As for the rest of us (a reminder to myself), let us make a pledge to treasure all those around us.
This worldly life is too short and very fragile, it’s only temporary after all. It’s not meant to last. Let’s stop the bickering and hard feelings towards each other. Let’s be kind and respectful, regardless of our differences. We don’t know how long that person will be in our lives, we’ll only be left with memories when he/she is gone. Let’s make the memories sweet, let’s remember the good times. Everyone has to go someday; some may have the chance to say goodbye, others may end tragically like the ones mentioned above. We have no power over death, but we have the power to shape the memories we share whilst we’re alive. Let’s work on that, make them good ones! Pray for all this blessed Ramadan end!!!
My heart is with those who have lost their loved ones…to God we belong, to Him we return.