Aiseyman! Muslims cannot keep demanding others to accomodate their religious practices lah!

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A Facebook user Gordon Tay posted online about how a friend of his was unsure of how to cope with the increasing demands of his Muslim colleagues as the group got bigger.

When only 1 Muslim was employed, he got along with the rest of his colleagues and made no demands.
When more Muslims were employed, they started to ask for a Surau, longer lunch breaks on Friday for Solat Jumaat, halal electrical appliances for the pantry, and eventually, a separate halal pantry.
The company accomodated all their demands up to the one asking for a separate pantry.

Singapore is not like Malaysia, where the bumi policy allow the rights of Muslims to supercede non-Muslims. We are a multi-racial and multi-religious society governed by secular policies where all religions are treated equally. But why must some Muslims make it such that their religious practices are more important than others and even insist that they are given special treatment as in the case of the above? Hindus and some Buddhists do not eat beef, but they do not request for exclusive utensils, appliances, or rooms to have their meals. On the 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar month, some Buddhists and Taoists have to do special prayers to their Gods but they do not request to knock off early.

If they can fulfill their religious obligations quietly without imposing their restrictions on others and encroaching onto others' space, why can't us Muslims? Is our threshold for tolerance of other religions so low, or are we just too sensitive about our own? Surely we can find creative and less imposing ways to practice our religion - have a quick lunch so that we can have time to go to the Mosque on Fridays, find a quiet spot in the office to pray, bring our own utensils or pool our own money if we really need a halal microwave.

Everyone should understand and respect each others religion. Respect is a two way street - if we want others to respect our religion, we must also be humble and respect others by not pushing the boundaries where we practice our religion.