The anticipating day and date for this year is here! 21st July 2012 marks the first day of Ramadhan for all Moslems; and as the matter of fact, from the Maghrib (Twilight) of 20th July, the gateway to Ramadhan has been officially commenced. Ahlan Wa Sahlan Ya Ramadhan! I’ve just performed my first Tarawikh prayer at The Iron Mosque in Putrajaya tonight & Insya ALLAH will be having my first Suhoor here as well.
Like all Moslems, my ambition for this Ramadhan is that I can improve the purification of myself and cleanse myself spiritually and emotionally. Islam is wonderful. Throughout the 12 months, your stomach has been working non-stop; digesting various types of foods and beverages – it also needs time to relax. Besides, the concept of fasting in Islam is that so that all Moslems can feel inside the shoes of what the unfortunate souls are suffering & experiencing; the wrath of hunger and famine! The core to empathize is so deep. SUBHANALLAH. So beautiful. Amin……
Anyway, Ramadhan always etches sweet memory for me. Ramadhan marked the anniversary of beautiful event in my life. The moment where Time Of Halo shines my life. I am forever grateful to ALLAH SWT and pray it will never fade away. It has been a great 2 years. And now it is 3. Alhamdulillah.
And also, something happened at school just now just as I was about to go back. As I was walking to Teachers’ Room after the final bell rang (and dispersed my final class; 5 Brilliant); few pupils came and shouted;
“Sir!!! Raj jatuh tangga! Kaki sudah tak boleh jalan!”
I was flabbergasted! This was the kind boy, Raj who has been a dear boy in helping teachers and helped me when I was about to pass out during Sports Day (CHECK MY ENTRY ON SPORTS DAY!). So, without hesitation, I ran with the boys and found that the poor boy in a spread-eagle position with one knee up. He couldn’t bend down because it seemed that the bones there were dislocated! I went there to him and was trying to console him; went back to find Sir Edwin who is the master with all these First-Aids thingies.
Oh, the poor boy. Sir prays that Raj will have a speedy recovery…… *Sniff* He is such a good boy.
While all the teachers were surrounding him; some fanned him up, I was faithfully trying to shade him under my book from the scorching heat. Due to the heat, the teachers braved themselves to move his body to a shady spot! Once a while, Raj would shout and cried… he was in painful state. My heart fell for this little boy. I kept holding his little hand and consoled him and said;
“Hari tu masa Sir nak pengsan, Raj ada tolong Sir kan? Hari ini Sir pulak tolong Raj… Jangan takut. Orang yang baik akan dibalas dengan kebaikan, OK?”
I was sincerely touched by his kind gesture during Sports Day and that is why I felt as if like it was an obligation to really stay put there steadfastly besides him although I was actually chasing time to push off to Seri Kembangan & Putrajaya. We all waited until the ambulance came. Quite relieved to know he was then in the safe hands of professional medical practitioners.
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Sir hopes Raj, the kind boy will be all right. Being a teacher teaches me to embody the spirit of humanity, compassion and empathic. The bond between a teacher and pupils transcends way BEYOND the skin-colours, religions and races. I just see the soul, not the superficiality. Raj is a kind boy and I hope God is with him. Amin. – A prayer from a teacher to a pupil.