The month of Ramadhan ends and leaves us yesterday. Syawal replaces it, as the month of victory for Muslims after almost a month of refraining from eating, drinking and acts of passion. The lessons that Ramadhan taught the Ummah throughout the holy month linger on in the heart of each Muslim. Those who fasted successfully will enjoy the sweetness and beauty of Ramadhan. The greatness of the holy month delivers Muslims from destruction and all the vice and other bad things in this world and in the Hereafter.

Muslims should be thankful to Allah the Almighty for the blessings of Ramadhan and Syawal. Ramadhan was a month of learning that for Muslims resulted with greater Taqwa or piety.

Throughout Ramadhan, mosques, suraus and religious halls were full of elders, the young and children performing Tawarikh prayers together after the obligatory Isha' prayer. This is what takes place every Ramadhan, the month of blessings, rewards and forgiveness from Allah the Creator. May Allah grant the Muslim ummah their prayers and wished in the blessed Ramadhan.

Allah the Almighty's rewards are many folds for all the religious acts and other good deeds which Muslims perform or do day and night throughout Ramadhan, such as obligatory and sunat tarawikh prayers, tadarus, sadaqah ofr given alms. The greatest night in the holy month is the Lailatul Qadar or the Night of Decree whose abundance of blessings and rewards are more than those found in a thousand months.

The Nuzul Al-Quran or Revelation of Al-Quran was the greatest moment in Ramadhan more than one thousand four hundred years ago. Yesterday Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the revelation on every 17th night of Ramadhan. The holy month is also known as the month of Al-Quran and Muslims are advocated to read Al-Quran more during the month because Al-Quran is the key of enlightenment towards a blessed life in this world and in the Hereafter.

The holy month of Ramadhan helped to instil commendable attributes among the ummah such as generosity and kindness. Donations and other forms of assistance seemed to flow to the needy in Ramadhan, giving them the opportunity to share the joy of fasting and celebrating Aidil Fitri.

Ramadhan, the month of longing is leaving us much too soon. After a year of waiting, it arrived with all its greatness. But now it is time for another year long wait. Tomorrow, the country will celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Last night Muslims begin reciting and performing the Takbir Hair Raya to mark their Ramadhan victory. A lesson taught by Ramadhan was moderation and during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Muslims are also advocated to celebrate with moderation. May we meet another Ramadhan, the month of blessings, rewards and forgiveness. The month which all Muslims will deeply miss, long and wait for again for another year.

Source: Radio Television Brunei