~narrated from Imam ar-Ridha’ (a.s)
Fasting in the month of Ramadhan, is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is stated in the Qur’an (2:183) – “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint.”
This year would be my 7th time fasting in overseas. What’s the different between fasting in New Zealand as compared to Malaysia?
Personally, I prefer fasting in overseas. Why, you ask?
Majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. Hence fasting in the month of Ramadhan in Malaysia is becoming a norm. Instead of focusing on the actual meaning of this holy month, the month of Ramadhan can be considered the most awaited time for people to make more money by selling food, tailoring clothes or baking cookies. It has become more of a celebration, rather than a spiritual one.
Whereas in overseas, in a non-Muslim country, Muslims are the minority. We fast without thinking too much of what food to buy for iftar or will there be a new clothe to wear on Eid or worrying about “duit raya” (money that is given to kids or elderly during Eid).
I’ll say we have less distractions and can focus more on what is important in this holy month.
Didn’t I miss fasting in Malaysia?
I miss fasting with my family. I miss waking up for suhoor with them. I think that’s the only drawback in here, since I don’t have any family in here, and live by myself.
If God wills, I’m heading home to Malaysia in two weeks’ time, to be with my family for Ramadhan and Eid. Ameen!