"Kin, hari Isnin ni public holiday apa?" **curious face
"PH untuk Maulidur Rasul."
"Err. Mauli apa?" **blur
"It's Prophet Muhammad's Birthday!"
Salam Maulidur Rasul for everyone. Salawat & Salam to our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. Shown above was a conversation between my non-Muslim colleague, Genga and me. It was longer actually. She asked about almost everything about how we (Muslims) celebrate Prophet Muhammad's birthday. And she also asked why the date of every single events and festivals changes every year.
There obviously will be no party, I told her. Muhammad SAW was born on special day. And I believe the celebration can be through reciting and reading Al Quran, and as well as other charity work in a way to thank Allah for guiding us to Islam through the Prophet.
Genga was never exposed about Islam cultures before. Her Muslims' friends are less than 10. I'm quite struggled to answer about the date of events and festivals. I tried my best to explain about normal calendar and Takwim. I managed to explain about putaran bulan mengelilingi bumi - which is for Takwim Hijriah and also bumi mengelilingi matahari - for Masehi's calendar, the normal calendar. Correct me if I'm wrong. I guess she may be confused kot as I can see she kept crinkled her forehead every now and then. So, I've decided to draw then. Haha.
I know this may be not the best way to explain, but I've tried my level best and it was all that I can think of for that time being. It was funny, as my drawing is way below average (it's actually way below, is there any level lower than this?). And I had to re-draw because at some point, I was lost and quite confused with my own drawing. She nodded at the 3rd drawing. I hope she understood well enough to explain to others in the future. I've learn a lot that day. And looking forward to something like this again. :)
This is my story of Maulidur Rasul this year. Salam again to all.
Have you ever encountered the similar situation before? Or issues when try to explain about things?
p/s: Someone bayar hutang today. Alhamdulillah.