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Re-defining Islam: Post-Ramadhan call

Illinois   /   Tue, July 4, 2017   /  11:39 am
Re-defining Islam: Post-Ramadhan call Muslims perform the Idul Fitri mass prayer at the Bandung Grand Mosque in West Java on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Ramadhan is over, yet it is not clear what kind of impact it has had on our humanity and capacity to stand against both the physical and symbolic injustices around us. 

In the context of Indonesia, Ramadhan does not mean “liberation” for small farmers who stand up alone against the encroachment of big mining corporations, nor for sexual minorities who have consistently become victims of both state and social violence.

In opposition to the peaceful message of Ramadhan, some of us even equate Ramadhan with a heightened need to discipline and marginalize others. From warung (kiosk) raids to the open persecution of non-Muslims and marginalized Muslims (especially Shiites and Ahmadis), we seem to use Ramadhan as a specific time of the year when we can blatantly show our superiority and announce that we own the country.


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.