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MUI edict on Christmas imbues spirit of tolerance: Minister

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 16, 2016   /  03:35 pm
MUI edict on Christmas imbues spirit of tolerance: Minister Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin. (Antara Foto/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said the Indonesian Ulema Council’s edict banning Muslims from wearing other religious paraphernalia was a form of religious tolerance.

“The spirit of the edict is that tolerance does not mean you have to immerse yourself [in a different religion],” he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.

Lukman said Muslims should follow the edict without dismissing others and while respecting other religions.

“We should see the edict as having that spirit,” he said.

He emphasized that the edict was based on a principle of tolerance, respecting each other and other religions.

“We don't have to wear religious symbols that are not part of our faith,” he explained.

Lukman said he hoped Muslims would respect the Christmas celebration because many Indonesians are Christian. (evi)