Chatting datin melayu
A few days ago, I visited a family living in a PPR flat in Kuala Lumpur. When his followers asked him why he stood, the Prophet replied – “Is he not a human being?I was there to conduct an interview for a mini documentary on the People’s Housing Programme. That was when the ‘kakak’ living in the unit shared some personal stories with me. Sejak flat ni dibina, sejak itu lah kakak duduk sini. ” Similarly, the Prophet dealt with people of different religions as he did with his own followers.Dah tu, flat ni la antara flat PPR yang paling awal dibina kat KL ni.” (I have been living here for years. This is among the earliest PPR flats built in KL, mind you.) “Cantik rumah kak. “Yalah, ingat nak duduk sini selama-lamanya, jadi kita pun jagalah dengan baik. (Of course, I thought I’d live here forever, so I took good care of my home. He sat with them, spoke to them, visited them in their homes, opened his own home to them and even hired them to work with him.
Tak ada masalah.” (When I move out, I may have to live in a place where I have to mix with others. I once asked her why – she simply said she did not trust non-Malays. Even though she had been living in KL for some twenty years and had friends of all races and religion, she had some peculiar traits – such as only allowing her kids to swim in the pool and play in the playground when no non-Malay kids were around. On my way home, I remembered a friend of mine from a kampung in Kedah. The kind of smile I usually give when my mind goes totally blank.According to the Prophet, accepting people of different faith and respecting them was a sign of strength, not weakness.
Mixing with others was the best way to make non-Muslims familiar with Islam and with Muslims as a people.