Shoot! I really do not know how to do this! I mean, I've never been good at writing and sending greetings from day one! Somehow, when you're working in an office where all you need to do is just state the number of greeting cards you need, it was never that difficult! I mean, all you need to do is just sign at the bottom of the card and that's it! And if you need to get personal, all you have to do is add a few notes of your own and every one's happy about it. But, not now, not this present moment, and may be never again.
I've tried to get more personal of late, especially when emailing my friends. In line with the thoughts of an ustaz-friend, I even added "Kepada sahabat ku yang dikasihi...". You and I might think there's nothing wrong in that, but not some people - He never replied and I never received anything else from him from that date! Granted, he's a male like I am, but there were no sexual innuendos intended! But, some people...May be there's a heck of a lot more truth in Lukman Hakim's story about the boy, his father, and the ox they were bringing to the market: You just can't please everybody. Sad, but true.
Now, Hari Raya is expected to fall on Saturday, October 13. Saying it does, alhamdulillah. But, on the unexpected twist of event which is becoming more rampant in this Bolehland we are citizens of, you can never tell. I mean, the Bolehland Premier, jubilant about the launching of our first astronaut (should it not be cosmonaut, since they were launched from Kazakhstan, a Russian satelite), he might just, out of sheer joy and want of celebration, decide to declare Friday, the 12th, as 1st Syawal! Now, that would certainly lead to a very large headache, to say the very least, to almost every one, would it not?
I mean, the chickens are a day full from prime, the lembu's and kerbau's are still having a field day on, well, the field, where else. Then, the ketupat casing has not been woven yet, and even the kelapa has not been shredded for the parut and perah santan processes! Looking at it, in fact, it would be a total chaos!
Off course, this does not take into consideration that we will be fasting one day short - only 29 days of Ramadhan, when even learned muslim astronomers say it should be 30 this year! But, the powers that be, in wanting to show they are the powers that be, care hoots about it! Or, even the people's quandary.
So, in view of all that, let me take this moment to wish every one a "Selamat Hari Raya Eidulfitri! Semoga kita mendapat keampunan dari Nya di hari yang mulia ini".
My apologies for the colour of the card as it was the only I could find.
Mohon Maaf Zahir dan Batin.