Nurul Asyikin Yusoff
The New Paper
Sep 12, 2016
He is no stranger to how the Muslim community here celebrates Hari Raya Haji even though he converted to Islam only last October.
Having lived in Singapore for the past seven years, Mr Bilal Jeanpierre, 30, who married local actress Nadiah M. Din last month after dating for two years, is well-accustomed to many Malay and Muslim traditions and customs.
The client engagement manager, who is a French national, finds the way Muslims here celebrate Hari Raya Haji more familiar as the celebrations are short.
It is unlike Hari Raya Puasa, when celebrations can go on for weeks.
Nadiah, 26, told The New Paper: "Eid celebrations usually last only a couple of days in Europe, so Hari Raya Haji celebrations are more to Bilal's tastes."
The couple plan to spend their first Hari Raya Haji as a married couple at Nadiah's aunt's home with the rest of her family.
They also spent yesterday helping Nadiah's mother to cook.
Nadiah said: "Bilal said he wanted to help out in the kitchen, so that was a first experience for him."
Mr Jeanpierre told TNP: "This is my second time celebrating Hari Raya Haji, so I know what to expect.
"I am looking forward to spending precious time with family, and remembering God together."
As for the tradition of sacrificing animals such as sheep and lamb, Mr Jeanpierre said he would like to perform the korban himself someday.
"The process is more complicated than people think, so I hope to learn all about it and try it myself in the future," he said.
Nadiah added that she feels blessed that her husband is always trying to learn more about Islam.
"I am very blessed that he is so humble and adapts very easily," she said.
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