The month of Ramadan is a sacred month for Muslims all across the globe. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar calendar. It is the month in which able-bodied Muslims must cease the consumption of food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The act of fasting fulfils the fourth pillar of Islam. In addition to this, during the fasting month, Muslims are expected to reflect on, and refine their habits and actions; fasting both physically and mentally. Through fasting we are also able to experience the hardships faced by our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Ramadan was special this year as we spent the whole sacred month in school with our non-Muslim friends and teachers. They were very supportive and were careful not to eat or drink in front of us. On Friday, 8 June 2018 / 23 Ramadan 1439 H the school hosted an Iftar Gathering. Orphans from the Nur Hati Shelter Home and Children of Dignity were cordially invited to the event. Attendees slowly arrived at the location, spreading excited chatter into the atmosphere; the attendance was quite high. Parents and student’s siblings were all invited. We began the evening with the recitation of surah An- Nisa (The Women). In this surah Allah talks about the rights of a woman and orphans, their ranking in the Islamic society and the consequences of consuming an orphan’s wealth.
In Islam it is important to acknowledge and care for orphans, so that in the end, they are not exploited. The orphans in our society and even of relatives should not be denied or repressed. Having this Iftar with the orphans and big groups is a tradition in Malaysia. Iftar brings people together and fosters a better relationship with one another, especially with the orphans. This Iftar (as well as others) give fair treatment to orphans as it is also a great act of charity.
The recitation of the surah was followed by speeches given by Mr. Stephen West and Ms. Nancy Roch followed by a Sadaqah presentation (a kind donation from parents and the school to both orphanages). We broke our fast with some traditional Malay cakes and dates. We then went to perform our congregational Maghrib prayer in the hall led by The guest Imam, Mr Ezzeldin Mekewy.
After the prayers, we had a buffet style-meal; the table was laden with food such a Nasi Briyani, Chicken curry and etc. As we were in the month of Ramadan we controlled the amount of food we ate and stopped eating before we felt full. Once the time of isyak prayer has come, we all proceeded to the hall to perform Isyak and Tarawikh prayers. The event had finished at around 10.00PM. – By Alisya and Pearl, Year 8T