Malaysia Opens Muslim-Only Laundromat to Ensure ‘Purity’ of Clothing

Muslim-only laundromat operating in Malaysia designed to maintain “purity” of Islamic clothing is causing controversy among the country’s various religious groups.

A photograph of a signboard advertising the “Muslim-friendly” laundrette in the state of Johor first caused a stir on social media last week.

“This laundrette only accepts Muslim customers for reasons of purity,” the notice said. “Any inconvenience is very much regretted”

The photo quickly went viral, leading to debate over the growing influence of Islamic theology in Malaysian society.

One Twitter user wrote, “Not letting non-Muslims use these self-service washing machines on the pretext of cleanliness is something that blackens the name of Islam.”

“This issue of the laundrette is not because he is limiting his market. The issue is he said he ‘prioritised purity’—indirectly you’re saying non-Muslims’ clothes are not pure,” explained another user…

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