IS CRYING good for the soul? I don’t know. I know I am prone to crying, if not visibly with tears — silently in my heart. It almost always makes me cry for being so fortunate to have been born in this Abode of Peace and looking at the 70 or 80 percent lush virgin jungle greenery still surrounding this tiny country of mine. Not to mention all the comforts life has to offer!
I have often cried at the slightest tinge of blissfulness or twinge of bitterness since my very first cry at birth. So have billions of the human race since time immemorial, I suppose. But throughout my 45 years of being alive, the best crying moments I have ever felt were my heartfelt cries (sobbingly or otherwise) during prayers. Especially so whenever I could sense my deep intensely direct communication with the Creator to seek for His forgiveness and redemption, shot through my spine and inner heart. WOW! It was so amazingly magical!
In recent years, some of my soul-searching journeys made to neighbouring countries had enabled me to come to terms with spirituality as never experienced before in my entire life. Probably, a couple of my most memorable travels had been during the “Eid Mubarak or Hari Raya Aidil Fitri” when one invariably would be filled with heartaches due to the fact that being away from family and friends would make one become home-sick all of a sudden. Personally, I wouldn’t say that I am prone to homesickness which would make me break down in tears. No, far from it. The trigger for my sobs in the heart has always been the mere thought of how vulnerable mere mortals like us are to the saga of never-ending trials, tests and tribulations of life as we make it, as had been predestined and preordained by the Lord Almighty (even before we were born!). Once that hit you, there is no one else to turn to but to Allah Subhannahu Wataala (the One and Only Lord of the Universe). Then, and only then, would you be able to submit to His Mightiest Power of All-Being in faithful earnest and full devotion.
Having said that, seeking for His forgiveness is simply and basically the easiest part, surprisingly enough. The most difficult part is how to ask for forgiveness from your fellow human beings whom you have unfairly wronged or vice versa, be the incidences to have occured a long, long time ago or just the other day or only moments ago.
Thus, one of the beauties of the Islamic festivity of Eid ‘ul Fitr (marking the jubilant end of a long month of fasting) is to allow all Muslims to ask for forgiveness from each other and to strengthen the everlasting bond of human relationships far and near, across seas and oceans — transcending national boundaries. And if physical contacts are not possible, advanced ICT globalization can simply send the honest-to-goodness season’s greetings of Happy Eid Mubarak (in the Arabic Speaking world) or for Bruneian, Malaysian and Singaporean Malays “Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Maaf Zahir Batin and Selamat Hari Lebaran Minal Aidin Wal-Faizin” as commonly uttered by Indonesians (the largest Muslim population in the world).
Unlike last year, when the larger majority of Muslims in Southeast Asia celebrated the Eid festivity on the same day, this year we in Brunei Darussalam may celebrate a day later than our Muslim brethren in neighbouring ASEAN countries i.e. depending on the Sighting of the New Moon (or “Hilal”) of the Islamic month of Syawal this evening in Malaysia and Indonesia. But for us in the Abode of Peace only tomorrow evening will the First Day of Raya be determined and subsequently declared as a Public Holiday in a nationwide official announcement on radio and TV. In Saudi Arabia, the Eid may be celebrated even earlier, I gather.
Whatever the outcome, to all my Muslim brothers and sisters globally I must first wish: HAPPY EID MUBARAK
SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI MAAF ZAHIR BATIN
SELAMAT HARI LEBARAN MINAL AIDIN WAL-FAIZIN!:)