Eh, why Muslims liddat one?

08 Jun 2017

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started recently, and most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims will be observing. This means there's a good chance you might encounter someone who is a Muslim and is celebrating Ramadan. But what is Ramadan, exactly? And how can you make sure you don't accidentally offend your Muslim friends or acquaintances? What other everyday misperceptions do you have about Islam?

This quiz is framed as a hypothetical conversation between 3 friends, Ravi, Ahmed and Samuel at the school canteen during recess break.
Ravi: Brooo, how are you? What you wanna makan?
Samuel: I dunno what to eat leh, what you feel like having? Prata?
Ravi: I haven't decided la. Ask Ahmed what he's having?
Ahmed: Alamak, I cannot eat la. Its the month of Ramadan now. 
Samuel: Huh?? What talking you? At least get a drink la, don't say we never jio you!
Ahmed: Cannot drink also bro!
Ravi: Eh, why Muslims liddat one?
Ahmed: Haiya, ok ok you two get your makan, then we talk about it.

1. Eh, I heard that Ramadan means for one whole month cannot eat or drink during the day. Is that for real? 
For the month of Ramadan, Muslims must fast during daylight hours.

2. Eh, but I have one Muslim friend visiting Singapore from overseas and he said no need to fast because he’s on holiday. I think he just talking cock right? He probably just wants to eat our damn solid food so anyhow bluff me.
Fasting during Ramadan is required even if you are travelling overseas.

3. Eh, how about smoking cigarettes? Fasting can still smoke right since you're not eating or drinking anything?

4. Eh, so what do most Muslims in Singapore usually break their fast with? Sure must be damn hungry and want to makan something quickly, right?

5. Eh, I know halal means confirm cannot eat pork right? What else cannot eat?
Which of the following dishes is NOT halal?

6. Eh, did that British Prince Harry really fly to Singapore and break fast this Ramadan? Really meh?
Is this Real or Fake news?

7. Eh, confirm I cannot shake hands with Muslim girls even in the office right?
It is not appropriate for a Muslim to shake hands with a member of the opposite sex

8. Eh, I met a few muslim girls in poly. One wear scarf, one wear baseball cap, and one never wear any head covering at all. Then I see on TV some wear the whole thing to cover their body until only the eyes left. How ah?
According to MUIS, what should Muslim females wear for their covering?

9. Eh, as Muslims, what kind of Islam do most people practice in Singapore?

10. Eh, I know Muslims cannot own dogs at all right, because dogs considered dirty. No wonder I never see Muslim man with a guide dogs before… all makes sense now.
Muslims are not allowed to own dogs (including guide dogs for the blind).

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