Friday is a sacred day of worship in Islam and Muslims are required to join Friday prayers every week. For Muslims in Hong Kong, this may be a bit of a challenge as they would have to attend the prayers during lunch hours. Muslims would head to Mosques or prayer rooms nearby for prayers then head back to work, but this is more difficult for Muslims working or studying in New Territories as there are currently no Mosques in that area. Instead, some Muslims have rented residential apartments in this area to use as prayer rooms and for teaching the Quran to children. Friday prayers can be made even more difficult when employers are not understanding of the Islam religion.
Muslim children mostly study at Islamic schools in Hong Kong, the segregation of Muslim and local communities makes the presence of cross-cultural dialogue scarce, leading to misunderstandings about Muslims as most local people’s impression about Muslims would have come from the media. In general, the Muslim community has developed smoothly in Hong Kong, however, the lack of communication and hence understanding from local people may become a precursor to discrimination due to the lack of knowledge about their religion. Without proper education about their religious practices, local people may not have the sense to accommodate their needs.