Sawda picked a book and as usual wanted me to read her the book. Subhanallah, i know it was not a coincidence that i found this Doa untuk negara (Prayer for country) from the book Al-Quran Pertamaku (we have it in our store).
Surah Al-Baqarah : 126
It is also known as supplication of Ibrahim a.s.
Please read the last paragraph in the picture and substitute Indonesia to Malaysia, our own country and include this doa after your prayer 5 times a day.
I also love this ayaah, Al Baqarah : 213
Mankind was one single nation and Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book, after the clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except through selfish contumacy. Allah by His grace guided the believers to the truth, concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guided whom He will to a path that is straight.
And please take your time reading this article “The Perfect Assembly”. How romantic it would be?
So for one minute, let us in picture our perfect vision of the rally.
What a party it will be.
Malaysians in groups of yellow. And groups of rakyat in yellow.
Old, young, urbanites and ruralites.
All coming from different parts of Malaysia. Converging along the way.
Handshakes. Questions. Answers. Old friends, and new ones.
Your colour – and mine – does not matter.
Your god – and mine – is not an issue.
All walking by different routes, in different ways. Some hold hands, others arm-in-arm.
To one destination.
All surrounding Merdeka in a sky of yellow.
Not able to get in, we open picnic mats and eat sandwiches on the lawn.
Kids running round and round. Friends talking. People meeting for the first time.
Shouting at times. Laughing most of the time.
Common people stand and speak. Activists speak. Malaysia listens. Government and EC hears.
And then it rains. Completes picture. Perfect afternoon 9.7, 2-4pm.
All are drenched head to toe. Some have to change, others dry down.
But all have felt the energy. The rush.
All walk home happy. Going our own way. Back to our homes.
We will meet again.
Happy that Malaysians have come together for a common cause.
Glad that history has documented it. May never happen again.
Each knowing there is hope in Malaysia. In Malaysians. In the young.
Knowing that we will not be cowed by fear or threat. That we will stand for justice.
And walk kilometres after kilometres to get there.
And we will get there… somehow.
It will be romantic.
Because it’s fun.
At times like this, what we need is unity. People may have different views and perspective. Let’s listen and celebrate the differences.