May this month of Syawwal continues to be an avenue for my Muslim brethren to grasp the opportunity to fast the six days of Syawwal as highly recommended by the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam):

حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَيُّوبَ، وَقُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، وَعَلِيُّ بْنُ حُجْرٍ، جَمِيعًا عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، – قَالَ ابْنُ أَيُّوبَ حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ، – أَخْبَرَنِي سَعْدُ بْنُ سَعِيدِ بْنِ قَيْسٍ، عَنْ عُمَرَ، بْنِ ثَابِتِ بْنِ الْحَارِثِ الْخَزْرَجِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، – رضى الله عنه – أَنَّهُ حَدَّثَهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ

‏ “‏ مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ ‏”‏

He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal. it would be as if he fasted perpetually.

During one of the first few days of Syawwal in Kelantan, I was fortunate to  meet Qayyim, a young boy gifted by Allah with a knack in learning, memorizing, and beautifully reciting verses from Al-Qur’an despite his visual impairment. He had won second place in JAKIM’s first season reality show, Adik-adikku.

Muhammad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi

Muhammad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi reciting some verses from Al-Qur’an.

As I sat listening to his wondrous recitation (subhaanallaah), I contemplated. Qayyim, among a few others of similar disability whom I know, can recite the Qur’an far better than any of us who are blessed with all the five senses.

It’s common to hear amongst ourselves that one who is physically challenged often have a ‘gifted’ ability of some sort. A compensation to cover up the loss – one would say.

Put it another way, it can also be a means of reminding us what we are capable of achieving if we but align our minds and determination correctly and put our faith in Allah. With all our five senses, aren’t we more capable of achieving better?

Let us take a moment to reflect.