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Malay Mores & Taboos
Do's and don'ts in dealing socially with the Malays. This article will help you win friends and influence people.
- Barefoot in the House
- Bearing Gifts
- When Belching is Better
- Shaking Hands
- The Right Hand is Better
- The Pointed Way
Barefoot in the House
If you enter a Muslim home, it is best to remove your shoes. Muslims are sticklers for cleanliness; and one does not know what dirt the shoes will bring into the house. Often , common areas such as the living room are used for group prayers.
For the Muslim, contact with faeces, for example, requires vigourous washing with water and clay. It will greatly inconvenience your host to have to clean the house in this way.
Reader Sahaly Limat has this comment to make:
If I remembered my religious classes correctly, Faeces are of Najis Muthawasitah...so they only need to be washed with water until there is no smell, no colur and no taste..in other words until there is no sign of it left. We are only required to wash with water and clay when we come in contact with Najis Mughalafah( the heaviest one) which encompasses anything related to pigs and dogs.