In our Tradition, Ramadhan is ended with the coming of Syawal; Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Syawal marks the end of Ramadhan as well as a celebration for our success in completing the injunction of Allah, the fasting. For Imam al-Ghazali, it is a symbolic day, the day we meet our Lord in the Day of Judgment and we are granted His greatest forgiveness (maghfirah) thereafter attaining the success of entering the jannah. Thus, Syawal is the month of offering forgiveness, precisely mutual forgiveness.
Even though the act of forgiveness is not confined to only this month, yet it becomes more profound and urgent in this blessed month, the Syawal.
Therefore, to all friends known and unknown, close and afar, I would like to ask for your kind forgiveness for anything I have done openly or secretly, something that might offend or hurt you in any way, either by act, spoken word even by simple gestures.
Please do forgive me. Life is much easier when the painful pasts or the hurtful words are replaced with forgiveness if not complete banishment from the thought. Forgiveness eases pain, unburdens heavy heart and dispels emotional and spiritual toxicity polluting our peace of mind and heart.
Indeed, Allah is the Most Forgiving. Prophet is teaching forgiveness even for someone who wants to kill him. We as the Prophet’s ummah, let’s spread forgiveness to the whole mankind.