Hari Raya a time for reflection


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Happier times: Sharifah Huzaimah (right) with her parents and a relative during Hari Raya last year.

PETALING JAYA: Sharifah Huzaimah Wan Abdul Rahman Al-Edruce’s Hari Raya celebration this year is one of reflection because her family has lost five relatives to Covid-19.

Sharifah Huzaimah from Kuching said the tragedy had impacted the entire family and was especially evident during this Hari Raya.

The five family members who died were Sharifah Huzaimah’s grandaunt, her grandaunt’s two children and two other relatives.

Previously, the second house they would visit every year without fail would be her grandaunt’s, Nek Usu Kayah.

“Now Nek Usu Kayah is gone, followed by Pyzah and Madi (Nek Usu Kayah’s two children). There is no way Hari Raya this year will be the same as previous years, ” the 38-year-old told mStar, the Bahasa Malaysia news portal of The Star.

Her paternal aunt, Sharifah Roziah, was discharged from a quarantine centre on May 21 with her children.

Sharifah Huzaimah said her parents were also diagnosed with the virus after they contracted it from a cousin’s co-worker who had returned from Italy.

She said her parents recovered at the start of Ramadan but lost a bit of weight.

Sharifah Huzaimah, who lives separately from her parents, said they had to put a stop to traditional greetings and visiting one another this Hari Raya.

“Since our family was infected by Covid-19, there is no hugging or even greeting my parents. I am very sad as I am unable to greet them, ” she said.

“But this is a second chance that Allah has given us to be with our family. We will cherish this moment together.”

Yet, the losses have strengthened their family ties.

“The daily struggles that we have to go through have made us closer than ever before. Even though we are celebrating Hari Raya moderately, this year’s Raya has a thousand meanings, ” said Sharifah Huzaimah.

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