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Idul Fitri that unites

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:52 am

In the final analysis, faith has always been about relations between people. Faith should guide people to deal with the here and now rather than what could be. People should define their degree of spirituality based on their relations with others. Adhering to the “do unto others” principle could improve one’s lot.

All rituals, whether deed or sacrifice, should have the final objective of bringing people together instead of only serving the Almighty. Every ritual and tradition performed in the name of religion involves elements of social interaction.

Idul Fitri is one Islamic ritual that is rife with social meaning. Unlike the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, where Muslims are obliged to slaughter sacrificial animals, there is no set of rules on how Muslims should celebrate beyond the requirement of fasting the month before and greeting each other to express love and brotherh...