2014 turns out to be THE year where Singaporean Malays and Muslims creates history in this tiny city-state they called Home. The community has created what I called as ‘The Malay/Muslim Spring’!
The community not only embrace democracy but celebrate them too. Three obvious examples; the Wear Hijab campaign, the Wear White campaign, the protest at Hong Lim Park against Israel’s killing of Palestinians.
In short, the Malays and Muslims in this island are no longer a silent bunch! They aren’t just complaining, whining or sighing in facing the many hurdles and challenges one after another. The Malays and Muslims in Singapore are not mere keyboard warriors. They took actions and in doing so, let off the spark with much steam, drama and colour!
In all these efforts, their voices are not only getting louder but in unison too. They wish to be heard and their very presence in both form and substance, be respected.
What makes it sweeter, in all these efforts, the Malays and the Muslims are not alone or be made distinct. Many Singaporeans of other races joined them in affirmation of unity, harmonious relations and more importantly, the understanding that each community have their code, regulations and practices to abide without jeopardizing the social fabric of the nation.
It is indeed heartening to see the strong support given by the other races and the non-Muslims, from coffeeshop assistants to taxi drivers to friendly aunties to professionals alike. I am indeed grateful to have them in our midst. May their encouragements drive the Malays and Muslims to be successful in achieving their dreams and aspirations.
I am seeing the community a-changing. They are more intelligent and wise, confident, strategic and creative in their approaches, better coordinated, getting sharper yet nuanced in putting across their views.
Ramadan will leave us. Tomorrow we celebrate Syawal.
In this very turbulent and uncertain period of our lives, I pray for Allah’s mercy for us all for He is the Most Merciful. I pray for Allah’s forgiveness for mankind, for He is Oft-Forgiving. I pray for Allah’s protection for He is the Protector. I pray for Allah’s security for He is the Al-Mu’min, the Granter of Security. I pray for Allah’s kindness in providing us sustenance for He is the Creator and Sustainer.
Before I end, I would like to seek forgiveness from each and everyone of you, my friends, colleagues and acquaintances, ex-schoolmates, brothers and sisters, for my misdeeds and mistakes and transgressions and my actions/inactions or words I have uttered which may cause you hurt, difficulties or inconveniences.
May our friendship lasts.
Lastly, I wish everyone, good health, prosperity and we all live in peace and harmony.
Minal Aidil Wal Faizin Wal Makbulin.
Taqaballahu minna waminkum
Ahad, 27 Julai 2014
30 Ramadan 1435H