New Year, New Self


Today we expressed our admiration on the journey of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) from Medina to Mecca which marked Amun jadid, the Islamic New Year.

Rainy days seemed to stay; it never said goodbye. The atmospheric condition of the world we live in showed signs of loneliness like a lover weeping for her lost beloved. And akin to a rainy weather, our hearts continued to bleed. We continued to rain tears of sadness as we sought for justice; grieved for our fellowmen; and fought for our rights, peace and freedom.

Here is a touch of reality to reflect on from our President as he called for peace in the Islamic New Year: “I pray with you that we may all find the peace that we seek in ourselves, in our country and in all of humanity.”

Perhaps the huge and the minute stories; the new and the repetitious issues; the outrageous and the melancholic occurences in our country had put us in a quandary and kept us unaware of the real peace, our basic rights and genuine freedom. We cannot find peace and embrace freedom if we continue to stay free-dumb. We wept in silence; we fought through the hubbub as we are carried away by our never-ending grievances. We battled non-stop for our frustrations, lamentations and voices that have been heard but ignored. But when are we going to wind this up? How sad that we cannot even enjoy the sweet melody of raindrops falling on our heads as our brains are being disturbed by the rumblings in the world we live in.

We all have the right to seek for peace and fight for freedom. No one can stop us to echo our rights and sentiments. We are free to protest for whatever kind of injustice we face. But we can never acquire everything we desired unless we seek first for the genuine peace within ourselves and passionately dive into the deepest recesses of our hearts. Thus, we need time to reflect and put ourselves through some interrogations:

Did we really evolve with the right disposition and blossom like fragrant flowers? Did we truly endeavour to educate ourselves with the right education and discover a significant knowledge that could refresh our essential nature? Did the sincerities in our hearts push us to strengthen our spiritual conviction? When we wept for everything we desired, did it change our hearts and renew our broken selves?

Lastly, after a long travel from the vileness of our shallow, chaotic, and blinded selves, on this new year, are we ready to journey to a new dimension of our true being in order to breathe the air of serenity and dance with the breeze of liberty that we seriously fight for?

Three days before new year (Amun Jadid), I dropped by the Kampuhan in the university stud farm. My eyes sparkled in joy at the bright and beautiful banners alongside bearing a tribal identity on each silky colourful cloths but my heart melted in sadness as I toured around the lonely farm. I was touched by the sentiments of the bleeding hearts and the lonely dreamers. But the solitariness of the fallen spirits caused me to remember the danger of ignorance as I took a picture of one little banderole fluttered above an open space. The gentle swaying of this little banderita bearing an eye-opening slogan, “Education is a right” freshened my enthusiasm behind the wisdom of true knowledge. Yes, the path towards real peace and genuine freedom must not be ignored.

Indeed, education is an essential tool that could unveil us from doltishness. It is a wing of enlightenment that could make us stand by ourselves as we soar up high. But what kind of education we must seek in order to embrace the very essence of freedom? What kind of knowledge do we need to bring to a standstill the rough and tumble that we grapple with? What kind of “right” that is indeed “right” for the “right” that we fight for?

As we are advised by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to “Seek knowledge even if it be in China,” we may somehow give a thought to what kind of knowledge he meant.

Perhaps, on this new year, we are all reborn that we may celebrate the period of our journey from a shadowy world into an illuminated one as we learned how to travel to the realm of right knowledge. Not only when new year arrived but in every breath we make, we must renew the dwelling place of love to delight in real tranquility and cuddle the purity of freedom.

Definitely, Only the Renewer of Spirits can guide the passionate and the sincere lovers. Only He can breathe a new peaceful life and renew our old shrouded selves. As we are advised to seek knowledge, learning to love first the very essence of our real selves will surely lead us to the path of peace that we long for because it is only His Unlimited Power in His Perfect Time could put everything into its right place.

To all the real peace seekers, genuine freedom fighters, unconventional lovers and sincere friends, may the love in your hearts be renewed as you revel in joy with pure and perfect freedom. Happy new year! – JoyWadi

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