Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Significant Ramadhan

I would like to take this opportunity to wish a blessed Ramadhan Al-Mubarak to all the Muslims. Time really flies. I feel like we just had our last fasting month recently but then, it's been a year. Ramadhan is really a special month to all the Muslims. It’s a month whereby we renew our devotion to the religion, whereby we check our understanding and practices as well. It is a month to seek forgiveness, a month of cleansing of the body and the soul.

Apart from that, Ramadhan holds special meaning to me personally because I was born on the 13th of Ramadhan. Hah! Another 13th but it’s special and lucky for me. Ramadhan will always remind me of my late friend, Mohd Ridwan Yusuf who had passed away in the 90s. So long ago but the memories still remain, reminded again and again in Ramadhan Al-Mubarak. This is a story why the month is so significant to me.

My mother used to tell me that she had me on the month of Ramadhan but she forgot what date it was. I never bothered to check. Later I found out the exact date from my late friend who had a birthday on 18th October 1973 three days earlier than mine. We were talking about it during a camping trip in Pantai Merdeka, Kedah where we had our training camp while we were still in KEMBARA. Ever since then, we were bonded and we often went camping together as senior members with another two of my best friend; Bibi and Mona.

Bibi and Mona, if you are reading this, surely you all could remember and know what I am talking about. It was a tragedy in the history of our KEMBARA. Our friend died of drowning while doing his duty as Assistant Coach to the junior training camp group. Most of us will never forget it because he’s such a good friend. We were stunned with disbelieve when we got the news. Usually we like to go camping together as a group for it is so much fun to go with your own clique but unfortunately Bibi, Mona and I couldn’t go on that fated camping trip because we had assignments and datelines to submit to our lecturers. He begged and pleaded for us to go but we just couldn’t. I noticed he was acting strangely that night. He was too aggressive with his jokes and I remembered Mona was upset with one of his silly acts. We were there to see him off as always our custom in KEMBARA. Who would have known that that was the last time we were to see him in liveliness.

The next time we see him, he was lying on the hospital bed in a state of comma. Friends and families came to visit him with clear realisation that there’s no more hope. So still and motionless with very little heart beats. It was so sad, sad, sad…. I have no words for it. God loves him more; he passed away not long after that.

I know most of the KEMBARA or PERBARA as we are called now, together with all the KEMBARA Coaches surely will remember him, Mohd Ridwan Yusuf @ Vogey. May Allah bless him for the life in the hereafter ….amin.

Now back to Ramadhan. To all my non-Muslim friends, Ramadhan is the holy month whereby Muslims will abstain from eating, drinking and other indulgences beginning from dawn till dusk. There are good reasons why we have to fast for one month. Most all the religion in this world has their own ways of fasting but the Muslims fasting month is very significant because it is one of the pillar of Islam which is compulsory to men and women. For more information, read this
and this.




  2. Selamat Berpuasa Amir.

  3. Selamat Hari Raya !

  4. Sue, amboi tak sabar nak beraya lah tu.

  5. Anonymous2:40 am

    Interesting reading Liza. While searching about Malaysia and Puasa I found your Blog. I missssss Malaysian food. Any way… Selamat Berhari Raya …oppp. Puasa is not done yet.




  6. Assalammualaikum Salleh,

    Thank you for visiting here. Wishing you the best in this Ramadhan and Selamat Hari Raya.

    By the way, are you coming back to Malaysia for the celebration?



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