Islam is a religion of ease. The 5 times a day prayer rule can be change slightly during travel. Islam provides ease and flexibility for muslim to travel in comfort. The Zuhur and Asar prayer can be combined and shorten during the stipulated time, same with Maghrib and Isha. You can even perform prayer in the bus while sitting. Remaining pure is one of the standards that Muslim need to adhere to perform prayer. The problem will arise if the dogs and alcohol are present. Dog’s saliva is considered extremely unclean. If touched, we are required to wash it thoroughly and there is a specific method to do it. Simply wash it with water wouldn’t do, which is the troublesome things here. So having a dog at a venue could be problematic but not a major problem. Don’t worry if you are hosting a Muslim guest. There are a thousand of ways to perform prayer and in Islam, not to trouble the host are one of the important manner.
Almost all of the places in Japan are totally clean. During my visits to Japan before, I have never seen a glimpse of stray dogs but instead a very cute dog on a lovely evening walk together with the owner. We have no problem to perform prayer. Some buildings and hotels even have a special place to pray, Qibla direction and many more Muslim convenient facilities. To enter the prayer room, we need to ask the key from the authorities. That just prove on how the room is well guarded. The picture below is a prayer room in Kanda University.
Nonetheless, important things to highlight here is that Muslim are not a homogenous entity, it is difficult to create a one-size that fits all of need and wants and it is almost towards inconsistent degree. Things mention here are as guide and from my personal experience as a Malaysian Muslimah. I really recommend for Islam follower to go on travel. Last but not least, buck up your seatbelt and send my regards to Japan!!
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