Hari Raya Puasa, Eid ul-Fitr; 1 Syawal 1437
Attended the Raya Prayers this morning at the big masjid in Alor Gajah, accompanying Rozaidah's husband known to us all as the Ustad. One particularly nice moment: there was a solemn little lad who'd been assigned to walk through the rows during the khutbah to collect contributions from the congregation. When he arrived at the old gentleman in front of me the old man, having placed his donation in the bag proffered to him, then detained the boy for a moment in order to put some more money in the top pocket of his rather nifty grey baju, and then affectionately pat him on the shoulder. The little lad remained suitably serious throughout, but I suspect he was gratified by the attention - and the cash. A reminder that in a big world it's the small details that count.
To all who journey and arrive, at least long enough to enjoy the view: Selamat Hari Raya! Eid Mubarak!