While we were in the ward, waiting for our specialist to come over to start our BST (bed side teaching) session, some of us greeted 'Selamat hari raya' to each other. Well, the eid wasn't finish yet huh? :)
Then, I heard this conversation between my friends; let's called them Mr. A and Mr.B.
Mr. A : Do you fast today (fasting the six days of Syawal)?
Mr. B : Yes. Today is my first day. How about you?
Mr. A : Me too!
Then, my Indian friend, let's called him Mr. C came over to us. Upon hearing the conversation between Mr. A and Mr. B, he asked me,
Mr. C : Why does the muslim need to fast 6 days of Syawal?
Me : Actually, it is recommend to fast six days of the month of Syawal. It is sunnah not wajib. It is not compulsory. If you do it, you'll get more reward (pahala). The reward is equal to having fasted obligatory fasts the entire year days, according many scholars.
Mr. C : I've heard about it. I mean, if you do it, you'll be rewarded. So, how to do it? I mean is it necessary to fast straight for 6 days or what?
Me : It is permitted to fast these six days separately throughout the month, or consecutively. You can fast like for example; Monday and Thursday. As long as it is in this month of Syawal. It is not like Ramadhan. You can perform it starting from the 2nd day of Syawal up till the on of the month.
The point of I shared this story is not to boast about my knowledge or what. I somehow find it that some of my non-muslim friends have more knowledge about Islam rather than I did. For example, I still remembered that one of my Indian classmate knew more about the Battle of Badr, Battle of Uhud compared to the other muslim out there. I felt kinda ashamed actually because she knew more! We admitted that we're muslim but did we really know about the seerah? Did we really know about our own religion?
To be honest, I didn't get many chance to discuss more about Islam among my non-muslim friends as much as others. But I think as a Muslim, we should really show how beauty our deen is.. How beauty Islam is..
It doesn't mean that you have to go for preaching 24/7, but our little efforts do count. Da'wah doesn't mean that you have to give lectures, talks but our actions do count too!
You shared in the facebook lots and lots of things about the beauty of Islam, but do you really put them into practice?
Example; as a Muslim, you know that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, defined a hypocrite as one who had three traits:
1. When he speaks, he lies.
2. When he promises, he does not deliver,
3. When he is entrusted, he betrays.
Here's the scenario where you promised to your friend that you'll come to meet him to have some discussions after the class finished. You promised to meet him at 5 pm, but you ended up to show yourself at 7 pm. You had promised him but then you were late! If you have definite reasons for it, may be you can be excused, but if you were late because you were busy doing unnecessary things (i.e: surfing the net, movie-marathon etc.), how's that?
I may not a good Muslim but we have to strive to be better, right?
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