RAMADHAN, THE BEST MONTH TO SPREAD LIES AND SLANDER : IS IT SO?
To fellow bloggers and to the only loyal reader of this self proclaimed blog. This writer had missed the opportunity to become the first person to wish Happy Ramadhan to all fellow Muslim bloggers. However, it is still not to late for this writer to do so, and with that he is taking this opportunity to say "Happy Ramadhan".
Frankly, it is not that difficult to fast. What it takes for a Muslim to complete the whole day is to constantly remind himself that fasting is part of the obligation bestowed upon Muslims.
A person who has never fast might find it quite challenging to overcome the temptation and frequent distraction that comes in many kinds and forms around them, which can draw them to break fast much early; that is before dusk. There is even a Malay saying which is best describe the situation; "yang yang Yok, Pagi-pagi buka periuk" (Eating quietly before the right time comes)
According to the true Islamic teaching, among things that a person cannot do when they fast is to tell a lie or spread rumours that can cause commotion in the society.
But what we can conclude after the recent by-election is the amount of rumours spread between both parties. This writer does not see any act of political maturity in them either from the opposition group, let alone the ruling party.
The opposition camp had accused the ruling party (Jose, I'm referring to one party in the ruling State government!) of swindling a large amount of cash that had been entrusted to them and the party accused had counter back the accusation by not rebuking the accusation, but by assassinating the characteristics of the candidate from the other camp.
It is quite sickening to see the war of words going on between these two groups as we had yet to see any logical arguments benefited for the rakyat.
Islam has taught us to use diplomacy when resolving a conflict. Even the Prophet uses a lot of diplomacy whilst addressing conflicts among the unlearned ones (Jahiliyya, Jose!).
Hence, President Barack Obama too knows how to be diplomacy when he had greeted Muslims by saying Salamun Alaikum, before he delivers his speech to more than a thousand Muslims in Egypt recently.
Lest we not forget that Ramadhan is the best month for us to practise the way of diplomacy. It is also a time for us to spend more time doing good things, either by studying the Quran (Jose, I really disagree if we just read the whole text of the Quran without understanding the meaning behind it!) or by giving alms to the needed ones.
We must also continue practising the act of diplomacy not only during Ramadhan but for the rest of our lives, if possible.
This writer can see that it is not that easy, but if we put some effort into it, it might become an easy thing for us to do.
Kita Kan Tersesat Pabila Malam Menjemput Bulan Semula Ke Sangkar Waktu – The Salam Connection.