RAMADAN WELCOME MESSAGE
Alhamdulillah wa syukr lillah s.w.t that we have this great opportunity to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. On behalf of ITC, I would like to wish all Muslims Ramadan al-Mubarak.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, the month of Nuzul Quran. In this month there is a night that is better than a thousand months called Laylatul Qadr “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” Surah al-Qadr Verse 3.
Orphans waiting for break fast
While it may be a little inconvenient during this Ramadan, millions of Muslims do travel still during this month. Malaysia offers Muslim tourists various attractions and amenities to make their stay comfortable. Most hotels offer Ramadan buffets to their guests for iftar or breaking of fast. Many of these hotels offer local delicacies such as bubur lambuk (meat porridge), rice biryani, satay, grilled meat and chicken, fried noodles and countless types of traditional cakes and desserts. The atmosphere is so inviting that non-Muslims will also join in to dine at these establishments.
Tarawikh prayers at Masjid Tuanku Mizan zainal Abidin, Putrajaya
(photo courtesy of Utusan Malaysia)
Hotels in Malaysia also provide suraus or prayer rooms for guests to perform the solat (prayer) and mosques can be found nearby for them to perform the special tarawikh prayers. In many mosques these prayers are led by Imam al-huffaz (imams who memorized the Holy Quran) from within Malaysia or a Middle-Eastern country such as Egypt or Saudi Arabia. In the hotel rooms guests can find prayer rugs or request one from the hotel housekeeper and for sahur or the pre-dawn meal, many hotels provide sahur buffets or will arrange for these meals to be sent to the rooms.
For those travelling in Kuala Lumpur they may visit the Ramadan bazaars that offer an endless array of Malaysian traditional food to break fast or they may want to make a tour of I-City in Shah Alam that is organizing a month long Arab Ramadan Festival*. They can take advantage of their stay in any city in Malaysia by shopping at prestigious shopping malls in preparation of the celebration at the end of Ramadan i.e the Eid el-Fitr.
May Allah s.w.t bless our soum (fasting) and prayers and grant us Laylatul Qadr. Ameen
Taqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum
Hj. Abdul Rahman Shaari