Salam Ramadhan Mubarak to all. I found a novel that is really inspiring me to go further, do much better in this Ramadhan. The novel is Contengan Jalanan by Hlovate. The author's abilities to convey meaningful thoughts and interesting stories of 'our people' are well-known.
The novel consists of two parts, the first is the story of Fend and the second part is from K-Square. I only managed to finished Fend's story and it was an amazing experience reading it. The story started with Fend's life, a band - a passion in drawing - freelancing, pretty much the urban style of people nowadays.
However, someone kind of giving him the random thought of 'The man that decided to change on the twelfth hour dies on the eleventh '. Fend kept thinking of this and asked his fellas around. Then, one day, his cousin,Chad who stayed in Texas, invited him to a trip to Australia. During Ramadhan. Backpacking. At first, Fend had no idea what Chad was planning until they arrived at Kingsford International Airport, Sydney.
The same idea as club - hopping, Chad suggested to do 'masjid-hopping'. They will sleep, make ibadah. eat and learn from masjid to masjid. This is where the beautiful story starts. Their adventure in Australia for a week during Ramadhan was very inspiring and felt meaningful. The life of Muslims there to be compared with us here. They spend every ticking seconds trying to do as much as good deeds as possible.
What Hlovate tried to convey here, our community had some sort of loss the 'Ramadhan spirit'. People busied themselves preparing for Eid Fitr, neglecting Ramadhan. I must agree with this statement, my friends. So, let us try this Ramadhan, to lift up the Ramadhan spirit among us. And, to help us out, there is a checklist called Mutabaah Amal. Where we can target amal ibadah especially during this holy month. It can be downloaded from the net, just try to search for it. : )
credit to Minda Syabab
I meant to post this entry earlier so that you guys can read the novel before Ramadhan starts in order to experience the same feelings as mine. It's never too late though. Go and read it! May this Ramadhan brings a new meaning to us. (-_-)v
notabuku : thanks a lot to Zara for helping to buy this book at PBAKL. I even got the bookmark from Hlovate! Yay!