Ramadhan Mubarak: Cleansing the soul

Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims, on occasion of the month of Ramadhan which begins tomorrow. The following is an interesting article regarding the holy month which is informative for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Penang Chief Minister defends Muslim countries, calls MCA President ignorant

From The Malaysian Insider:

Lim Guan Eng today said he differed strongly with Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s portrayal of Muslim countries as backward and corrupt nations, pointing out that the MCA president should educate himself on Islamic civilisation.

The Penang chief minister said Dr Chua should educate himself in history that the civilisation of Islam was filled not just with global empires, but also with glory in art, learning, algebra and astronomy.

The relevant part of the speech is presented as follows.

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The elegant hijab

The pea is a splendid plant. It proudly displays its strong green hijab. It protects it from the hot and cold weather and guards it from insects. Allah has blessed the pea with a special hijab, because without it, the seeds would scatter, dry up and die.

The orange keeps itself within its shiny orange hijab to protect its delicious fruit. Otherwise it loses its taste too.

So is the banana, the coconut and the pomegranate. Each one has an elegant and unique Hijab, which protects it from disease and destruction.

The jewel of the sea, the pearl, has been given a very tough and rugged hijab — oyster shell. It protects it from sea animals and keeps it sparkling and shining inside.

However, the most beloved of Allah in all His creation is the Muslim girl who wears the hijab. She knows it is a gift from Allah. It protects her from harm, injury and mischief. She wears it knowing it gives her dignity, beauty and respect. So precious she can be that she hides herself beneath her hijab.