By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
SHAH ALAM, May 22 — While the usual practices during Ramadan and Aidilfitri have been obstructed by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a break in the clouds as Muslims are able to have a more meaningful and simpler celebration amidst the new normal conditions.
Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said for many years, the Muslim communities have been tainted by glamour and the culture of excessive consumerism that has undermined the value of a simpler living in daily routines as well as the worshipping of God.
In his Hari Raya Aidilfitri address today, the Selangor Menteri Besar said the coronavirus outbreak has returned mankind to a norm that could be seen as “the real normal”.
“It is evident that Covid-19 has been troublesome and brought much unease, not to mention the new norms that are a hassle.
“But it has also offered many of us a chance for self-reflection and to return back to our human nature. This is the true meaning of victory when we are able to find ourselves during the Ramadan month,” he said in the address.
Amirudin said even though this coming Hari Raya festival will be missing the usual practice of open houses and visiting the homes of friends and relatives, he had reminded that the social values behind families and neighbours should always be retained.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we are left with the value of families — mothers are able to cook for loved ones and the father can lead the family in prayers at home.
“Despite the battle faced against the coronavirus, we should be thankful that we were able to sincerely observe the fasting month and perform tarawih prayers without having the need to unnecessarily show off to others.
“The same goes for Hari Raya — previously, many would go back to their hometown, some with the hidden intention to compare their children, to see which daughter-in-law is most stylish — and this would simply create a superficial relationship,” he said.
Amirudin said with the online technology, the family bond can still be strengthened and appreciated with a conscious understanding of finding oneself.
“Selamat Hari Raya, may we return to our better selves, Maaf Zahir dan Batin,” said Amirudin.