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Malay Mores & Taboos

By Penghulu - Posted on 14 May 2010

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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
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 they only need to be washed with water until there is no smell, no colur and no 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.  

Quran 3:170

They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.

Awards & Mentions


TIME Magazine, 16 Dec. 1996
"A must for on-line believers in Southeast Asia."
-- TIME, Dec. 16, 1996