Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wishing you the blessings of Eid,

fromAwang Goneng 

Eid Day, Harun al Rashid on his steed
Riding in his Imperial robes, into the street
Soldiers clearing the Sultan's path
And the people applauded.
Bahalul the Wise Fool stopped Harun in his tracks
And recited words to guide the Grand Caliph
and through him, down to us -
And the gist of it is this:

The Festival is not for dressing up in fine new clothes.
The Festival for serving Allah and being aware of your Lord.
To celebrate is to be Sultan not of your realm but of your heart.
Sultans of the realm pass into oblivion,
but the Sultan of the heart is never forgotten.
To celebrate the Festival is to be delivered from the
divine punishment at the Resurrection.
The Festival is not for the wearing of perfumes,
but for being regretful of one's sins,
repenting and not committing them again.
It is not for riding on horseback, but for giving up one's faults.
Not about sitting on the imperial throne,
but about crossing the dreadful Bridge,
to sit on the thrones of Paradise.
It is not for boasting about one's palaces
and power, but by bringing the light
to the darkness of the tomb and equipping
it through good works.
The mighty Caliph heard this and wept.

Wishing you the blessings of Eid,
Selamat hari Raya, maaf zahir bathin

- Awang Goneng

***This came into my inbox @gmail... which I thought is worth publishing... so I do not have to write  a new one.



Awang Goneng said...

Salaam & Eid Mubarak to everyone,

For this wonderful story (which I have adapted slightly) I owe a debt of gratitude to a wonderful lady whose blog can still be read here:

Unfortunately she hasn't been updating, but the blog is still worth a visit for a wonderful insight into life in the holy places: http://almiskeenah.blogsome.com

PS I have a hunch she is from the Nusantara.

RoyalTLady said...

Waalaikummussalam AG,

That was surely a piece worth reading and ponder upon.

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