Assalamu’alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and Most Merciful.
For the second year in a row, we celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadhan in the midst of a pandemic of the notorious COVID-19. Ramadhan is not only perceived as a month of fasting but actually encourages us to fully embrace the true meaning of Rahmatan lil’alamin and provides an ideal opportunity for us to re-evaluate our lives.
In the context of IIUM, I am very delighted to witness the joy of Ramadhan amongst students, staff, academics, alumni and communities through various activities and initiatives. Despite the pandemic and many challenges, IIUM still manage to organise numerous impactful and meaningful programmes throughout Ramadhan such as Ramadhan Aid, Grand Waqf Time, Bubur Lambuk, Bimbingan Usahawan, Tadarus al-Quran, Ramadhan Talk Series, Jalinan Mahabbah, Pantun Competition, Fellow Talk, Positive Value Campaign, Career Talk, Fit Ramadhan, Catch-a-Cathon 2.0 and many others. Alhamdulillah, IIUM community has translated the true meaning of Ramadhan fasting by not only focusing on specific ibadah such as performing tarawih and reciting al-Quran but also doing all kinds of good deeds that have a direct impact on life and community.
In a few days, Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Eidul Fitri. Eidul Fitri celebration, be it big or small, give us something to look forward to lift our spirits up, to reflect our life and help us recognise the good things in life. The spirit of Eidul Fitri provides us with opportunity to renew our spiritual lives and to promote and strengthen our unity and love for humanity.
During this unprecedented time, let us pray together to Allah swt to shower His Mercy upon us, to end this pandemic and to make it easy for those who are experiencing difficulties. Let us make doa and humble ourselves to Allah swt to grant us His wisdom and blessing. While we will be celebraring Eidul Fitri, it is important not to forget our vulnerable brothers and sisters all over the world especially to those suffering in Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Kashmir, Myanmar, Iraq and other countries who struggle to even provide foods and basic needs for themselves and their families.
Finally, on behalf of the ODRSDCE, I take this opportunity to wish everyone, “Eid Mubarak, Have a Blessed Eidul Fitri, Maaf Zahir Batin”.
Stay safe, Stay healthy and Stay happy.
Thank you and Best Wishes.