Celebrating Hari Raya as a Mualaf

loading Muhammad Shamel Mirza Lam Abdullah and his family.

Chinese-Muslim convert Muhammad Shamel Mirza Lam Abdullah shares how he celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and his deep-rooted love for his multiracial, multicultural, and multifaith family.

Were Hari Raya celebrations something foreign to you before your conversion?

Muhammad Shamel Mirza Lam Abdullah: No, they were not. I am from Pantai Jerejak, Penang, where one can find a healthy mix of different races. I had more Malay friends when I was growing up. The neighbourhood boys and I would play in the playground every evening, and we only stopped playing when we heard the azan from the nearby mosque.

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