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Jakarta Post

Christian lecturer garners praise for giving snacks to fasting students

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /   10:17 am
Christian lecturer garners praise for giving snacks to fasting students Muslims perform Idul Fitri mass prayers in the front yard of Kayutangan Hati Kudus Yesus Church in Malang, East Java, on Friday. (JP/Aman Rochman)

A lecturer from Maranatha Christian University in Bandung, West Java, became a viral sensation after a picture of him giving snacks to his Muslim students blew up on the internet.

The lecturer, Rusli Ginting, teaches a management compensation class on Friday from 5 p.m to 7.30 p.m. The picture was uploaded by one of his students, Andi Triwahyudi, 22, on Facebook and garnered over 7,900 shares from other netizens.

“I was attending his class at the time,” Andi said as quoted by on Monday.

According to Andi, Rusli stopped his lecture when he heard the sound of azan (call to prayer) and told his Muslim students who were fasting to break their fast. Andi said Rusli gave his students a 30 minute break and went to the lecturers’ room and returned with boxes of chocolate bread and tea.

“He told us that he just wanted to share, especially with the fasting students,” Andi said. He added that the class still ended at 7:30 p.m despite the 30-minute break.

Andi also said many students looked up to Rusli because of his friendly personality.

“Mr. Rusli has a leadership spirit, which I admire him for,” he said. (dpk)