Monday, August 31, 2009

Merdeka Day. What does it mean to you?

Merdeka means independent physically,spiritually and mentally from an opressor.You are at your free will to do anything.
To me,however,independent means being able to lead this life at the fullest but with certain ethics and values as guidance.Our Creator has subjected us to follow His Will because He knows us better than ourselves. We are asked to fast in Ramadhan and as good Muslims,we abide by His will.It is a must.We are also expected to respect our parents,the wise ulama,teachers,neighbours,the young ,the elderly and even the animals.We do so without questioning.We accept that submitting to Allah's will, does not make us less independent.Instead,we become a more respectable and hounourable being.
Imagine if there are no rules and regulation in school? School will be in chaos. Teachers and students may turn up at school as they like. Students may even bully their own teachers and peers.
Similarly,a nation without laws will gradually crumble to pieces.I don't think I would like to live in a country where neighbours can take whatever they want from you and strangers can pluck your rambutans or mangoes that you plant on your own land as they like without asking for permission.
"Independent"is thus a blessing if a person can still express his thought and feelings with the aim of making the world a better place to live in.It is a blessing if our actions bring more benefits than harms to majority of people we come across in our daily ordeals. It is a blessing if we are able to live in harmony with the plants and animals that surround us.
I pray to the Almighty that Malaysia will forever MERDEKA (independent).I hope my children and the future generation will be able to walk on Malaysia Land with their chest high up and their faces gleam with happiness and satisfaction. Most importantly,they will be able to practise the Quran and the Prophet's teachings.