Hari Raya for the Muslims is an important time for families to mark the ending of the month long fasting period, the Ramadan. It is also a day of celebration when one asks for forgiveness, reconcile and renew relationships as well as reconnect with loved ones.
It is also a time when Muslims have to spend the most, food to cook the many little feasts that family members and visitors have come to expect, buying new clothes for kids and adults alike and for those who can afford it, new furniture and appliances etc.
It is especially trying for poor Muslim families struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis and more so for poor Muslim single parents with so little cash to tide over month after month. This year thankfully, two kindhearted Muslim stalwarts have come to their aid – Datin Suriati Bwi and Datin Nor Faridah Abdullah, both decided to give ‘zakat’ to 25 Muslim families under Jumble Station/Parents Without Partners’ care.
The recipients of the two Datins’ zakat gifts are firstly amazed, stunned and joyful because now they at least can have a more enjoyable raya celebration in their homes or back in their kampongs. Many have tears in their eyes and tremendous joy in their hearts, knowing that they have not been forgotten for this all important celebration this time around.
On behalf of the happy recipients and their children, PWP and JS would like to say a big “Thank You” to the two very generous Datins and we hope many more will factor in the plight of the poor single parents and bless them during such annual festive periods as well.