Yesterday was the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Each and every person had his or her own way of connecting with God this month. A lot of Muslims prayed and fasted, others donated while others tried to do good deed and virtues.
Although fasting and praying is the essential foundation of Ramadan, in my opinion, it is not enough to do so, because the core of the holy month is kindness, love, forgiveness and generosity as well. It is easy to give of what you have but true giving is when you truly give of yourself. As the Lebanese philosopher and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran said, “You give but little when you give of your possessions, it is when you give of yourself that you truly give. There are those who give little of the much which they have and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome. And there are those who have little and give it all.” That is the philosophy of giving, which means generosity is not only meant to be in Ramadan only but it should be any time, for any person who is in need or even those not in need, because we are not supposed to judge who deserves to give or not.
Our obligation in life is to help others if we can, be generous and kind with them in the name of humanity, first, then in the name of religion, second. I’m not perfect, and I was blessed to have people around me to teach me how to give and help others if I can. It took me a while and years to understand the true meaning of forgiveness, giving and helping others, to heal from selfishness and egotistic personality.
But I finally got it. And I pray each and every day not to lose my faith. In the last ten days of Ramadan, Muslims around the world pray and read a lot of supplications especially at Laylat Al-Qadr, or the Nights of Power, where Muslim worshippers spent the nights in prayer and devotion. Laylat Al-Qadr marks the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) through Archangel Gabriel. And by God’s will, all the prayers, if they are sincere, will be heard. On these days, I made special prayers for expats in Kuwait in particular and to locals in general which goes like this:
1- Almighty God, protect all the expats and locals in Kuwait.
2- Almighty God, help the underpaid workers and let the locals increase their salaries in order to have a better and descent life.
3- Almighty God, help the maids that are being abused and be merciful with them.
4- Almighty God, let the locals working at the official departments be nicer with expats when they are processing their papers.
5- Almighty God, let the locals treat expats in a modest and respectful way and treat them as guests in their country, not as parasites.
6- Almighty God, let the doctors at the government hospitals give medicines other than Panadol or Paracematol to patients that need other medications.
7- Almighty God, please let the pro-government MP Kamel Al-Awadhi change his mind on his proposed law that expats should pay five percent tax on remittances sent from Kuwait.
8- Almighty God, please let the locals give employees their salaries on time and in the end of the month not every two months. 9- Almighty God, don’t let the expats face every day with a new law that is making them unstable and unhappy.
10- Almighty God, don’t let the expats face injustice from their kafeels (sponsor) and let all their sponsors be fair with them.
11- Almighty God, help stop racism and discrimination.
12- Almighty God, help stop the sectarian disease that is causing death and sorrow. Amen.
Happy Eid everyone.
By Sahar Moussa
Source - Kuwait Times