Friday, September 10, 2010

Forgiveness and charity

Like all religious festivals, I am sure Muslims can also easily get distracted by the festival, and forget the religion. But I really hope not, because though not a muslim, I must confess to actually having a very high regard and yes, even love, for the Hari Raya spirit.

I love that the focus is on contriteness and forgiveness. Mohon maaf zahir dan batin. That gets to the core of all human relationships, doesn't it? None of the self absorbed wishes for wealth and prosperity. In fact muslims are required to perform the zakat (giving of alms) as part of their worship during this time.

It's a lovely time of year to cherish, even as our society moves along in her mad rush towards calculativeness, self-centredness and gracelessness.

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