Learning Something This Ramadan

“I told her off because she was standing too close to me. I mean, come on- give me some personal space here!”

“Wait so long still not yet our turn. Teruk la the way they work!”

“Aiyo, if you don’t know how to park, don’t drive big car!”

These were all things that we’ve heard in the course of today.

And it got us thinking: we preach and call for peace and tolerance when we hear of our fellow human beings subjected to heinous crimes, are robbed of their basic human rights and freedom, or when there are injustices and sufferings onto communities.

But do we practice what we preach in our day-to-day living?

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While it’s great to dream and think big, this Ramadan, let us start small; from within ourselves. This Ramadan, let’s strive to be more patient and tolerant.

Google defines tolerance as “the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.”

Being tolerant does not mean you forgo your principles and be a doormat. Being tolerant does not mean you allow yourselves to be taken advantage of. Needless to say, being tolerant is not about accepting defeat or concession.

Nay.

Being tolerant is to accept, respect and appreciate differences. Being tolerant means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. Tolerance also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.

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Whether Muslim or not, the holy month of Ramadan is one that is celebrated and observed by all Malaysians – in their own ways of course.

We asked our colleagues and friends this – “What is the one thing you want to learn this Ramadan?”

“I want to learn to not waste food because I always over-buy and over-eat during fasting month. This year, I want to eat just enough.” – Mohd. Sanul John Tendahal

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“I want to forgo bad habits and replace it with a good one.” – Nur Atheera Veslee

“To learn how to tame my inner self and shape my mindset with positivity and goodness only.” – Jeya Sheila Koilpitchai

“I want to learn to not sweat the small stuff. I trust that He has drawn up an awesome plan for me, and I’m just going to live it to my best.” – Syarina Hisham

“This Ramadan, I want to learn patience. Patience for everyone – family, friends, the bank teller, the lady at the post office, the uncle that was walking so slowly in front of me, and most importantly – myself.” – Doreen Loo

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Although Ramadan only lasts for a month and is very sacrificial, the true essence of Ramadan is in applying the philosophy of Ramadan to our daily lives, and maintaining the restraint and devotion acquired during the holy month, throughout our existence.

Kepada semua umat Islam, selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa. And to our fellow Malaysians, let’s show a little bit more love, patience and tolerance for one another this Ramadan.

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