Last Tuesday I manage to attend YTL 4G Innovation Network signing ceremony between YTL, Samsung, Cisco, just to name a few. I got the invites thanks to David Wang/Blogjunkie since he got extra and wanted to pass along to mobile developers especially. And I got to attend it. There’s many familiar faces. Kamal Fariz, Aizatto, Kugan Malaysian Wireless, Kegan Malaysia Crime, Richard Azlan Abas, Mike from iTrain and managed to knew Tham Keng Yew from Socialwalk that i’ve mistakenly recognize him as @zilch . Oh yeah saw Daniel Cerventus too. So after signing ceremony, it was followed by a luncheon.
The table seating arrangements were distributed by profession. Me came as Flavert Media Lab representative thus seated me altogether with Kegan and Mike with Tham. During lunch, we were served with, I think, not a chinese cuisine, but rather mixed up. But then, as we enjoy the business lunch together, sharing technologies about mobile development with Rocky Agrawal from YTL, one thing that spoils it all.
They didn’t serve Vegetarian Food, Kegan and Rocky especially, just enjoy bread and butter and soup. When the waiter being asked if there’s any Vegetarian Food supplied, the waiter shook his head.
And we were pretty surprised.
Curious, I ask Kegan since he Vegetarian, can’t he eat fish?
The answer: Afraid it was mixed or cooked altogether with non-vegetarian substance
Now, all inside my head that time is how we can be ignorant towards other selves.
I didn’t want to start the blame game for that event, who is responsible for food yada yada but what comes around goes around so take the lessons for that occurrence, I think I better preach to myself and some of my own, who might be, intolerant and ignorant in silence towards their non-muslim friends. Me myself, as reminder.
For Muslim, Halal thing is a big thing. Muslims will always look for halal food. It’s much better if it is certified halal food as it increase confidence. And speaking of which, if the food produced by non-muslims but passed Halal certification such as the chicken being slaughtered by Muslims and all, their businesses will grow bigger. As Muslims is one of, presumably say, major citizens in Malaysia, Halal business is a big thing. And if you go to certain chalet, you can find a set of cutlery that marked – For Halal food – or For Non-Halal food, for our own safety, so that we didn’t use plates that were used to serve non-halal food. Truly, the management for that chalet have take a step further in ensuring Hospitality towards their Muslim customers.
However sadly from what I see, sometimes we Muslims neglect our fellow Non-Muslim people who have treated us well. Say if we were to invite them to our ceremony or party, we forget to ask whether they were Vegetarian. We sometimes assume that when we serve food, as long as there’s fish, it can provide to anyone that didn’t eat chicken or beef. Do you know that some of them doesn’t even touch the fish. If that was the case, imagine, yeah, you Muslims, try to see at your Wedding Ceremony, how many of the dishes being served. Say let say there’s fish, meat, chicken and a simple vegetable+fruit dishes like pineapple with cabbage with onion.
What would a vegetarian eat?
Being left with fewer choices, I wonder how it tastes to eat rice with vegetable+fruit dishes that me thinks isn’t as tasty as others.
Treat others as the way you wanted to be treated
Since Muslims, I could say is the majority of Malaysia population, we’ve been taking things for granted. We’ve been pressing Non-Muslims when they didn’t cope with our request and such. Being majority, we close one of our eye and neglect their needs too. Respect comes from you respecting others. Treat others as the way you wanted to be treated. I’ve been talking with some Muslim Reverts. They said it was pretty suspense for them, when attending an event that starts with just Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim, thinking that the person who giving talks just cast something weird. It is advisable to explain the meaning so that it eliminates small fear within them
Try to said “Peace Be Upon You” after saying “Assalamualaikum”
Try to said “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful” after saying “Bismillah hi ar -Rahman ni ar Rahim”
And if you were inviting them to your party or ceremony, be very polite to ask about their preferences of food, Vegetarian or non-Vegetarian.
This, would help to maintain our relationship in our multi-cultural nation even better and we coexist together in harmony.
And I end my article with “Wallahu aqlamu Bis Sawab” and that’s means, God knows best.
// I said Muslim Revert because in Islam we believe that when the baby was born, they were born in pure/Fitrah.They were born as pure as a white cloth. When they grew up, it’s to their parents that the kids will start to follow what religions their parents practiced, and preached. And if they were non-Muslims, switching to become Muslims, I call the Muslim Revert because they back to their origins/pure/Fitrah when they were born.
//In whatever things, don’t try to start the blame game but try to look deeper beyond that situation. This is me talking back to me. I didn’t say all Muslim ignorant, but some might be.
//Edit – I’m changing from Ignorant Muslims to Ignorant Malays because, this problem maybe within Malays only. I’m same as what frecraze said, Muslim and Malays don’t equate each other.