Its 29th Ramadan. I have been staying away from posting anything on this blog for 10 days to concentrate on a few things, including my puasa and attending to my new position and responsibility as an international editor.
So many things took place ever since. Soi Lek and Tee Keat, Tun Mahathir and Samy Vellu, Anwar's sodomy case, etc.
Now that (I believe) Lailatul Qadr has passed by, how many of us really strive for it? I am not an ulama but I remember my 16-day squatting at Sudanese ulama house, Hassan al-Turabi in 1996 when he told me that many Muslims just fast for the sake of fasting.
During the fasting month, we read in newspapers and watch it on television how leaders, politicians and businessmen alike came into the limelight for their 'kindness' in giving out donations and Hari Raya goodies to the poors, orphanage and the less fortunate.
They were the proud ones. The publicity they got was actually their main intention, i would say. For politicians, it will be a good mileage for them. For businessmen, it helps boost their image.
In Islam, you got the 'pahala' if you are sincere in anything good you do. For instance, giving a beggar RM1.
However, your 'pahala' is gone if you tell others about what you did, how proud you are for that RM1 you gave away and boasting about it.
Our newspapers and TV stations are quite pack with such items. Ramadan is the month to promote the good deeds of the Prime Minister, his Cabinet members, politicians, businessmen and members of the royal family who wish to get some publicity and attention for their 'kindness'.
In Saudi Arabia, the King bars such a publicity. So are in Yemen, Qatar, Iran, Sudan and some Islamic countries.
If your are sincere, do it in the spirit of Muslim brotherhood and Ramadan. Its also not a good to show pictures and footages of the people we help in newspapers and on TV. Revealing them is also undressing their dignity.
JANGANLAH BERMEGAH-MEGAH DAN MENUNJUK-NUNJUK...TAK ELOK!