I had a fun time chatting with a handsome sixth former this morning.
"Teacher ahh, you chinese or malay ahh?he asked in his broken English.
"Then why ahh.. you wear tudung ooh?"
"I am a Chinese muslim.. chinese but my religion is Islam. I wear tudung because my God name Allah orders all women who pray to Allah must wear the tudung." I explained in the simplest most logical way I could to help him understand.
"Then why your mother's name is a chinese name, not binti abdullah like your name?" He had seen my particulars in a form which I left on my table.
"That's because she is a chinese Buddhist like you maaah.. she pray to kwan yin mahh".
"Then why you a Islam?"
"I change my religion from Buddhist to Islam.. because I believe in what Islam teach. I don't like Buddhist teaching."
"Oh can ahh like that?"
"Can laa.. if you like Islam you also can become a Muslim mahh."
"Then your father's name is Abdullah ahh?"
"No, my father's name is Yeoh @@.. he is also a Buddhist."
"Then why you don't put binti your father's name? Why binti Abdullah?"
"That's because in Penang, anyone who become a Muslim like me must have a bin or binti Abdullah. It's a rule to show we are Muslims who are not born in Malay families. We are not Malay even after we become Muslims."
"Oh.. why Abdullah and not other name?"
"Abdullah means servant of Allah in Arab language."
"Why cannot put other name meh?"
"Can but it's the standard rule. Like you, why must you wear white pants to school? Not grey or blue pants?"
"I form 6 mahh".
"That's why la.. I have binti Abdullah because I am a convert to Islam.I become Muslim when I was already working".
"Then cannot put your father's name hoor?"
"Got mahh.. I have my surname Yeoh.. also part of my father's name maa. "
Hehehee.. to be frank I'm glad to be a binti Abdullah because my father will be very angry to have a muslim walking about with binti his own name. He still doesn't want people to know that his daughter is now a Muslim.