It’s officially Ramadan, the holy period when Muslims all over the world observe a month of fasting from dawn to dusk for religious purposes and spiritual reflection.
Over the weekend, photos of a group of firemen from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department began to circulate online after being uploaded to the Friends of Bomba Malaysia Facebook group on Sunday night (12th May).The photos showed the firemen breaking their fast by the side of the road in front of a fire they had been fighting. Other photos also showed them carrying out their prayers while still clad in their uniforms. An excerpt from the Facebook post, which has since garnered over 480 shares and 3,700 reactions, reads,
“Ramadan is not just about enduring hunger and thirst, but it is also about managing ourselves, because when we fast, it is only us and Him who know when we stay true and honest to ourselves.”
Other firemen also shared their Ramadan experiences in the comments section.
“Sometimes when I am about to break fast, I suddenly get alerted of an emergency so I have to run without eating my food to help whoever is in danger.”
“I once broke my fast just by eating a curry puff. I didn’t even have enough time to drink water when the siren rang. I had to immediately rush to the fire truck and get back to work. I didn’t get to finish my curry puff either.”
One commenter, who is the wife of a fireman, also shared her experience.
“I’m used to this with my fireman. I once gave him water to drink just as we were breaking our fast but he had to rush to attend to an emergency. I am proud of my Mr. Bomba.”
We salute our brave firemen who always put their lives on the line for our safety. Meanwhile, to those fasting, have a blessed Ramadan!
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