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How many times a day are Muslims required to pray?

Five times

At what time of day is one of the required Muslim prayers?

Dawn

What is the Muslim holy day?

Friday

What happens on the Muslim holy day?

Everything is closed

What is the significance of praying at specific times of the day?

It is a way to connect with Allah

Between the 13th and 15th centuries, Brunei was part of which empire?

Javanese

What event led to Brunei becoming an independent sultanate?

The decline of the Majapahit empire

What was the result of the spread of Islam in Southeast Asia on the people?

They converted to the Muslim religion

What was the relationship between Brunei and Majapahit when Majapahit was in power?

Brunei was part of the Majapahit empire

What was the eventual result of the decline of Majapahit on Brunei?

Brunei became an independent sultanate

What is symbolized by white wrapping paper?

Death and mourning

When giving gifts, which hand is preferred?

Right hand only

What is the exception to the 'right hand only' rule for gift giving?

When the gift is large

Why is it important to be mindful of cultural norms when giving gifts?

So you don't offend the recipient

What is a key consideration when giving gifts in certain cultures?

The color of the wrapping paper

What is a recommended gift to bring when invited to someone's home for dinner?

Good quality chocolates

What is an alternative to bringing chocolates when invited to dinner?

Fresh fruit

What is the occasion where you would typically bring a gift?

A dinner party

What is the key aspect to consider when choosing a gift for a dinner party?

The quality of the gift

Why is it important to bring a gift when invited to someone's home for dinner?

To show appreciation for the host's effort

In Malaysia, which hand is considered unclean for eating?

The left hand

How do many Malays typically eat their meals?

With their fingers

What is the cultural significance of using the right hand for eating in Malaysia?

It is a sign of cleanliness and purity

Why is it important to avoid eating with the left hand in Malaysia?

It is considered unclean and impolite

What is the common practice for eating meals in Malaysia?

Eating with the fingers of the right hand

Study Notes

Dining Etiquette in Malaysia

  • Eating with the left hand is considered unclean.
  • Many Malays eat with their fingers.

Islamic Practices

  • Muslims are required to pray five times a day, at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening.
  • Friday is the Muslim holy day, and everything is closed.

History of Brunei

  • From the 13th to the 15th century, Brunei was part of the Javanese empire.
  • After the decline of Majapahit, Brunei became an independent sultanate.

Spread of Islam

  • The spread of Islam in Southeast Asia led to the conversion of people to the Muslim religion.

Gift Giving Etiquette

  • Avoid white wrapping paper, as it symbolizes death and mourning.
  • Offer gifts with the right hand only, or both hands if the item is large.
  • When invited to someone's home for dinner, it's polite to bring good quality chocolates or fruit as a gift.

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