Monday 29 August 2011
Selamat Hari Raya
Hari Raya is mostly for the children, for reinforcing family ties and especially to be thankful to Allah for all we've been blessed with.
Just this afternoon we were lucky to escape what could have been a nasty accident with another car loaded with children and their goods. They were presumably on their way to 'balik kampung' and in their hurry they disregarded the Highway Code. The occupants of both cars are lucky to still be around to celebrate Hari Raya!
Right now at Setiawangsa the children (and the adults??) are shattering this Hari Raya eve with poundings of loud crackers - leaving us with no peace and serenity. Malaysians (well, most) will be tucking in tomorrow to loads of food and joy. I sound like a wet blanket, but on days like these I keep on thinking of the children in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya - and the adults who must be heartbroken because their children and grandchildren are denied the happiness of Eid that they knew when they were children.
Nearer to home, our street cleaners Osman and Aisha will not get their wages for August until after Hari Raya. Their employers are fellow Malays!!
Among my many blessings I still have my siblings (albeit bereft of the youngest one) Maznah and Mustapha ......
........ and my soulmate.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA TO ALL MY READERS AND FRIENDS, YOUNG AND OLD, NEAR AND FAR.
MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN.