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My Malaysian Affair - Chapter 8
Islamic Schools in Malaysia Leave Lasting Impression
One of the greatest experiences I had in Malaysia, was being able to visit two schools in Kedah. With the kind permission of the principals of one primary and one Arabic secondary school (religious school where Arabic is taught among other subjects), I was able to walk through classrooms during school hours. What attracted me to these school, and what left an impression on me, was seeing girls wearing hijab so respectably as part of their uniform. The little girls were particularly cute, in their small hijabs. Seeing so many cute children at the primary school indeed made me happy, and I pray that Allah will guide these children, and ourselves, to be good Muslims.
The teenagers in the Arabic school were very friendly, and well behaved - which may surprise some. They seemed very mature, and had a love for their religion that I had not seen in teenagers before. I have a lot of faith in their teachers, whom I spoke to, and pray that Allah will continue to keep them on the straight path.
I looked forward to Eid with great anticipation, and indeed it was a very joyous occasion. Being the only opportunity for me to celebrate Eid in a Muslim country for many years, I made the most of it, following children around houses in search of ang pow, and visiting new friends. Visiting new families was also on the cards, as all Malay homes are "open" during the Eid time, and welcome any visitors.
My happiness during Eid culminated with a second visit to Kelantan. Being in an Islamic state during Eid was very special. KB has street lamps everywhere with the words "Allah" and "Mohammad" on them, as well as signs in the street saying "Subhan Allah, Alhumdulillah, Allahu akabar". During Ramadhan, other banners are also erected, and give the city an Islamic atmosphere that I did not experience elsewhere in Malaysia.