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Living as a Japanese Muslim Among Japanese Society

Muslim-born and raised among Muslim families and society might be a bit difficult to imagine how Muslim reverts practice the Islamic teachings among non-Muslim society. Today we introduce three episodes that Japanese Muslims are facing in their daily life.

“We do our best to find and eat halal foods when living with family”

Halal food shops and restaurants are increasing in Japan. Yes, it is. But it is still an issue if you are a revert living with your family which is non-Muslim since it might be a challenge in arranging the foods. For example, a Japanese Muslim maybe can’t have special storage for your halal meat because mostly only have one refrigerator in the house. There is also the case where a Japanese Muslim can’t help to eat non-halal chicken or beef when attending a special big family occasion.

However, they are doing their best to avoid foods containing pork or its derived ingredients and mostly their family understands not to serve them pork and foods with its extract.

 

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“We mostly do the jama’ prayer during working hour”

If you are working in an international company that has an understanding of 5 times prayer, you might be able to have a quick 5-10 minutes to do pray when the time comes, but the story changes if you are working in a common, ordinary Japanese company.

Basically, you will need to work and rest during the designated hour. So that when Muslim staff (not only Japanese Muslims) asks for 5-10 minutes to pray, they might need to extend their working time with the same time they used to pray and preferably do jama’ prayer, for example, doing ashr prayer together with zuhr prayer during lunch break.

 

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“We can’t wear hijab at work, but do our best to wear it in other errands as much as possible”

The understanding of diversities among Japanese companies and society is truly improving, however, there are still cases where a Muslimah can’t wear hijab at work due to the company’s policy. People might think “if so, you better change your job”, yet it is not an easy thing to do. That’s why even a Japanese Muslimah can’t wear hijab at work but they are actively wearing hijab on other occasions.

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Summary

Japanese society upholds the thought of “not standing out among the community” and “equality for everyone”. In some cases, there might be a complication to “outstand” with hijab among the society they belong to.

We hope by knowing the reality of how Japanese Muslims practice Islam among Japanese society as mentioned above, we can have a better understanding of conditions from a different point of view and give positive and peaceful support to each other.

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