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Malaysia: Compressed Rice Recipe

Many Malaysians eat rice every day. Some fix “compressed rice.” Here is one way to prepare it.

Cook 2 cups of white rice and ½ teaspoon of salt in 6 cups of water until the rice is soft. Mash the rice with a large spoon. Spread the rice in a rectangular container, such as an 8- by 12-inch cake pan. Put another rectangular container, a little smaller than the first one, on top of the rice. Weight the top container down with 5-pound hand weights, heavy books, or food cans. Cover any exposed rice with aluminum foil. Chill overnight in the refrigerator. Cut the rice into squares and serve with a favorite sauce or topping.

To serve with a Malaysian topping, use this peanut sauce recipe. Combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.


Types of Behavior Under Muslim (Sharia) Law

Category of Behavior (in Arabic)
Meaning
Punishment/Reward (in this life and/or in the “hereafter”
Examples of Behavior (may vary from place to place)
Fardh Required actions that must be done Doing is rewarded; not doing is punished Praying five times a day; men supporting their families
Mandub Recommended or desirable Doing is rewarded; no punishment for not doing Extra prayer and fasting; keeping written records of debts
Mubah Allowed Not rewarded or punished Eating apples; drinking Coca-Cola; using the internet for decent purposes
Makruh Not recommended; hated, but not forbidden No punishment for doing; not doing is rewarded Divorce; growing long fingernails; proposing marriage to someone who is already married
Haram Forbidden Punishment for doing; not doing is rewarded Stealing; lying; drinking alcohol; eating pork; men wearing gold jewelry; attending a prom

Nigerian Beads Activity

Nigeria

Nigeria

Needed: 1-inch by 8 1/2-inch strips of colorful paper (magazine pages, gift wrap, origami paper, wallpaper samples, or construction paper); straws; tape; yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire; buttons, metal washers, macaroni, paper clips, or sequins

To make Nigerian “beads,” place a straw on one end of a paper strip, perpendicular to the strip. Fold the end of the strip over the straw and tape it to the strip. Roll up the straw in the paper to the other end of the strip. Tape the end shut, and gently pull the straw out.

Repeat with more strips. String the “beads” on yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire. You may string other objects between the beads, such as buttons, macaroni, metal washers, paper clips, or sequins.

Note: If you want to make a “witness chain,” make your beads yellow, black, red, white, and green. Yellow represents heaven, where God lives and everything is perfect. Black stands for sin, which is not allowed in heaven. Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed to save those who believe in him so they can be with him in heaven forever. White represents the clean heart of those who admit their sin to God, believe in his Son, Jesus, and call on him to save them from sin. Green is the color of growing things. Our relationship with God grows when we pray, read the Bible, gather with other believers for worship, and share the good news of Jesus with others.


Indonesian Game: Semut, Orang, Gajah

Have you ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? If not, ask someone familiar with the game to teach you. Then try this Indonesian variation.

Two players face each other and hold out a fist in front of them. On the count of three, each makes one of the following hand signs:

  • Semut (pronounced suh-MOOT): point with the little finger.
  • Orang (orr-AHNG): point with the first finger.
  • Gajah (gha-jah): point with the thumb.
  • Semut means ant.
  • Orang means person.
  • Gajah means elephant.

If one player gives the sign for semut and the other for orang, orang wins because a person can step on an ant. Semut beats gajah because an ant can crawl in an elephant’s ear and bite or tickle it. Gajah wins against orang because an elephant can stomp on a person.

Note: The word “orangutan” comes from the Indonesian words “orang,” meaning “person,” and “hutan,” meaning “forest.” Orangutans are native to Indonesia.


Comparing Beliefs about Heaven in the Quran and the Bible

The Quran (the Muslim holy book)
The Bible
Getting to heaven Muslims believe the good deeds they do in their life will be weighed on Judgment Day. People who have done enough good deeds will go to heaven, or “Paradise.” No one knows how many good deeds are “enough” (Quran Chapter 7, Verse 8; and 23:102, 103). Trying to “be good” is not enough for salvation. No one is righteous enough to deserve to go to heaven. Salvation is by the grace of God for those who believe in Jesus. (See Ephesians 2:8,9 and Romans 3:10.)
Marriage in heaven Wives will enter heaven with their husbands, according to the Quran (Quran 43:70). Jesus said, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage” (Matthew 22:30, NIV).
Earthly pleasures Muslims believe they will enjoy fine food and drink, nice clothes and jewelry, and good companions in heaven (Quran 18:32). The Bible says that people in heaven will no longer be hungry and thirsty. There will be no more crying or pain because “the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 7:16,17 and 21:4, NIV). Things will not be as they were during their life on earth.
Heavenly joys Muslims believe they will enjoy the same things in heaven that many people enjoy on earth. Christians believe “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV). They believe that following Jesus brings more than earthly kinds of rewards. Believers in heaven will enjoy fellowship with God forever, serving and praising Him (Revelation 7:15).