FASTING MONTH / SEASON IN MALAYSIA

RAMADHAN IN MALAYSIA

Muslim / Islam Only

 
 

Marking the beginning of a 30-day fast for Muslims all around the world. During this period, Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking, among other things, from dawn till dusk, which, in Malaysia means typically from about 5.45 am - 7.15 pm.

 

Even though Muslims in Malaysia observe their religious duties during this time, it is business as usual in Malaysia. Shops, restaurants, shopping malls and tourist attractions continue to operate their usual hours for the benefit of tourists and the rest of the non-Muslim Malaysian population. Muslim tourists who decide to spend their holidays in Malaysia can enjoy a great vacation while observing their religious duties.

 

Hotels in Malaysia have special sahur (early breakfast) menus either at their restaurants or delivered to guest rooms. The breaking of fast is a grand affair in Malaysia at the Ramadhan bazaars where whole streets throughout the country are lined with stalls selling a colourful variety of food, souvenirs and clothes.   It?s a great place to sample Malaysian food from noodles to rice, from drinks to desserts.

 

 

These bazaars usually start as early as 3pm and even non-Muslims love to buy their dinners here. At hotels, a wonderful buffet spread is made available with menus featuring a mix of local, western and Middle Eastern cuisines. The hotel restaurants are so popular during the breaking of fast that it?s advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

 
 

 

Most mosques throughout Malaysia, too, prepare a nightly buffet for patrons to enjoy at the break of fast. Muslims can then stay on to perform the tarawih prayers there led by the mosque?s resident imam. The Islamic Arts Museum, just walking distance from Malaysia?s National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, has an Egyptian chef preparing the restaurant?s buffet menu during Ramadhan.   Dishes include food from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco as well as some local favourites.

 

On the last ten days of Ramadhan the museum will be inviting an imam from Egypt, Sheikh Muhamad Jibrail, to lead the Tarawih prayers. To celebrate the end of Ramadhan, special Eidul-Fitr prayers are held in mosques throughout Malaysia on the first day of Syawal.   The National Mosque Kuala Lumpur will be graced by the presence of His Majesty the King of Malaysia who will perform the prayers together with the public. It is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King.

 

 

Elsewhere in Malaysia, Muslim families celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in typical Malaysian style, with the ?open house? concept where they literally open their doors to welcome relatives, friends and neighbours from near and far to celebrate the occasion together.   The warm hospitality is extended to every guest, and food, drinks and merriment is much a part of the celebration. So, despite the observance of Islamic rituals during the fasting month, life continues in Malaysia in a unique way that celebrates the diversity of race, culture and creed.   It is a special experience that tourists to Malaysia, whether Muslim or not, will certainly find memorable.

 
 
 

Muslim / Islam Only

RAMADHAN IN MALAYSIA

FASTING MONTH / SEASON IN MALAYSIA