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Jakarta Post

This Ramadan sees many angry, hungry Muslims

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 7, 2019   /  10:53 am
This Ramadan sees many angry, hungry Muslims Looking good: A woman looks at her husband as he tries on a peci (cap) at Gunung Putri Market in Bogor, West Java. (The Jakarta Post/P.J. Leo)

Did we, as ummah, or Muslim community, pass the test of Ramadan this year? Looking at the events of recent weeks, especially media headlines and the most shared news on the internet, we have not just seen many hungry people persevering through their fast, but also a lot of angry people. Whatever happened to restraint — in action, speech and thoughts — a chief virtue that supposedly comes with fasting, during the holy month of Ramadan? When Ramadan started on May 6, we all assumed — or hoped — that the political tensions that followed the April 17 general elections would ease, and that we would quickly bury the hatchet, particularly our competing leaders and politicians. Admittedly, we saw some of the most brutal verbal exchanges during the election campaigns, thanks primarily to the widespread use of the internet. Brutal though the words may have be...