Response to Alex Chang
Dear Alex Chang,
When we first found out about the page that was created to ban you from all McDonalds in Singapore, it was 840am. By 910am, the number of Likes had jumped by about 200.
We’re sure you did not mean to get all the attention that you’re receiving. While your comment was distasteful, some of the responses you are getting are not pleasant either, and for that, we apologize.
It is Ramadan – where Muslims worldwide observe a month-long fast. The fast starts from the dawn prayer (also called fajr or more commonly in this region, subuh) and lasts till dusk (called maghrib). During such times (and the remaining 3 prayers that we have throughout the day – zuhur (noon), asr (afternoon), isya’ (night)) prayer is announced by the azan, or what you referred to as the Muslim chant.
Muslims wait anxiously for the call to prayer of maghrib in the evening, or dinner time, so that they may finally break their fast and eat and drink. Many restaurants and halal eating places, not only Macdonalds, cater to the 15% of Muslims in Singapore and play the azan so that we know that it’s time to break our fast.
We’re not sorry that it irritates you, but we’re sorry that maybe no one bothered to explain how significant the azan is to the Muslim fasting experience. We hope the explanation above suffices.
We’re not proud of the vitriolic comments and Wall posts that you have been receiving. Do understand that while Muslims try to refrain from getting angry and prefer to focus on their spirituality in this month, your comments rubbed them off the wrong way because of the tone you adopted. Do know that Muslims are peace-loving people and are more than willing to explain aspects of their faith if you had only asked sincerely.
We pray that this incident will not turn you off from getting to know Muslims in the future, but to propel you to start honest conversations in the spirit of harmony, understanding and living alongside people from various religions, cultures and ethnicity.
Muzlimbuzz warmly welcome your questions and friendship.