It appears that society is getting more and more conformed to singular beliefs nowadays.
Or at least, a particular demographic is.
Ardent believers in their own cause, they feel it their mission to “help” others as well.
And if the situation calls for condescending and offensive remarks, well…
So be it.
Video of S’porean Woman Scolding Indonesian Workers for Eating Openly During Ramadan Garners Mixed Reactions
According to Mothership, a video was making its rounds on social media just yesterday (3 May).
It appeared to show a woman scolding Indonesian workers at a hawker centre for their supposed behaviour during the fasting month.
The video seems to have been removed.
Nevertheless, here’s a rough gist of the conversation that went on in a mix of Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.
In the video, the Singaporean woman dismisses an Indonesian worker’s claim that they were allowed to eat Chinese food as they work for a Chinese family. Instead, the former reiterates that they are all Muslims, and need to observe the same rules.
She then threatened to call MUIS—the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore—and stated that the Indonesian worker was disgracing all Muslims.
“You wear the tudung, what is going on here?” she said. “You’ll answer [to God].”
In response, the Indonesian worker wished peace upon the Singaporean woman, and stated that she does not follow the rules here but the Quran. “My way of fasting is different from the way it is done here,” she said.
But the Singaporean woman wasn’t having any of it.
“No, one of the five pillars of Islam is to fast,” she insisted.
“It’s different—” the Indonesian worker tried to protest.
“No, where are you learning all these?” the Singaporean woman interjected. “Now I’m telling you, in God’s name, I won’t answer [for you] on Judgement Day.”
The Indonesian worker then stated that she will answer for herself, and the accusing party left a cryptic remark.
“Ok, later we’ll see what will happen on your grave,” the Singaporean woman said.
Before the video’s removal, it was stated to have garnered more than five million views on Facebook and a million views on Twitter.
It was also shared over 26,000 times on Facebook and retweeted over 4,300 times on Twitter.
Netizens, however, had generally mixed feelings.
Though some were in awe of the Singaporean woman’s strong beliefs, others weren’t quite so sure about it.
“The ones eating [during Ramadan] are bad, but the one approaching them is worse,” one said.
“It’s not wrong to let them know [what is wrong], but she should do it more courteously,” another wrote.
Several also felt that the Singaporean woman was doing it all wrong.
“Are these the values of a Muslim?” a Netizen wrote. “I am getting second-hand embarrassment.”
“This is too much,” another interjected. “There’s no fault or sin to eat in public in Ramadhan, if one has good reason. It’s not haram.
“Why not that lady go and blast those Muslims queueing to buy 4D. Gambling is clearly haram with no exception.”
During the holy month of Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, Muslims across the world observe a month-long fast, which lasts from sunrise to sunset.
During this time, those observing the fast refrain from eating, drinking, and indulging in activities deemed sinful. Also, the meal taken after sunset to break the fast is known as Iftar and the last meal before sunrise is called Suhoor.
Despite the requirements, Muslims who are menstruating, or ill, do not need to fast. They would, however, have to make up for it later on.
Several domestic helpers in Singapore have also been excused from their duties, as their line of profession requires strenuous work.
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