Tolerance is one of the keys to live a harmonious life in a diverse and fair community.
Volunteers at the Jin De Yuan Temple, also known as the Dharma Bhakti Temple, in West Jakarta are practicing this value by giving out free meals to the community during the holy month of Ramadan.
The feast is not only shared with Muslims but also with locals. Even foreign tourists visiting the temple can enjoy the free meals. Everyone is invited to gather and have iftar (breaking-of-the fast-meal) together with the aim of strengthening the kinship between the temple and the community, especially Muslims, and promoting tolerance.
The meals vary each day. On Tuesday, the volunteers provided iced fruit cocktails for takjil (breaking-of-the-fast-snack) and nasi kuning (yellow rice) with sautéed long beans, tempeh and fried chicken for the main meal.
Locals, beggars and guests were all served equally. They all received the same treatment and portions. That evening, everyone enjoyed their time together, no matter their religion. [evi]