Assalamualakum, Salam Ramadhan dan Salam Blogging.

Sempena Bulan Ramadhan ni, kita lihat perkongsian Panel, Connie Lee dengan pemberita melaporkan dalam Edisi Korea Today pada 10 Julai 2013 lepas Media Arirang News tentang Muslim di Korea menyambut Ramadhan.
masjid, korea
Seoul Central Mosque, Itaewon.
Menurut pemberita tersebut, lebih kurang 35,000 Muslim di Korea (warga Korea sahaja tidak termasuk dengan Non-Korean). Tetapi menurut wikipedia (walaupun status Wikipedia bukan menjadi rujukan rasmi, tapi menurut wiki seramai 45,000 orang Muslim di Korea dan semakin berkembang.)
 Tonton Perbincangan Panel, Connie Lee dan Pemberita dalam Edisi Korea Today

Menarik apabila melihat mereka buat kajian yang agak terperinci mengenai Islam dan Ramadhan di Korea untuk di sampaikan di Media Massa mereka. Segalam maklumat ada yang betul tapi ada juga yang tidak lengkap. Apa-apa pun memang menarik untuk di kongsi bersama. 

Mereka juga menyentuh tentang perniagaan dalam Industri Makanan yang semakin berkembang untuk memenuhi kehendak pengguna Muslim di seluruh dunia.

Nota: Di Korea, agama utama adalah Buddha dan Kristian. Islam masih di lihat sebagai minoriti di sana.

Bacaan tambahan: Cahaya islam Bersinar di Korea

Nota Berita:

On the day before Ramadan,.. the Holy month of fasting,… Kim Jin-soo introduced me to one of his favorite halal meals when dining out in Seoul.
It's been three years since Jin-soo stopped eating pork… after he converted to Islam.
He's just one of the 35-thousand Korean Muslims living in Korea.

"Personally, not eating pork or drinking alcohol was difficult at first. Eating pork and drinking alcohol is such a normal practice after hours here in Korea, but I can't have either one."

The 20-year-old first studied Islam out of curiosity, and then became a devout Muslim himself.
He's in Korea now for summer break,
but he currently attends university in Saudi Arabia, where he studies Arabic and Islamic culture.

"I lost a lot of my high school friends, once they found out about my religion."

Jin-soo's hardships are not unfamiliar.

"There are a lot of clashes.. between Korean culture and Islamic culture. There's also a lot of misunderstandings about Islam so Muslims deal with a lot of prejudice."

At the mosques though, both Koreans and foreigners say they feel at peace.
During Ramadan, hundreds are expected to gather for services, especially at the Seoul Central Mosque.

"The Seoul Central Mosque is the main mosque in Korea so we always expect many people for the Ramadan period. On weekdays we expect around 3-hundred people in the evenings And on weekends we expect 5-hundred to 6-hundred people."

The Seoul Central Mosque… is the first mosque in Korea… and Muslims have been gathering here since 1976.
Since then, about 10 other mosques have been built and there are currently 11 total nationwide.
Even though fasting during Ramadan is not easy, Jin-soo says he looks forward to this season.

"It might seem weird that I would look forward to this time when there is fasting involved, but it makes me happy to think that other Muslims around the world and I are fasting and praying together."

Connie Lee, Arirang News.

Sumber: Arirang News
Reporter : connie@arirang.co.kr