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Eid in adversity

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  01:19 am

Faith thrives in adversity. If anything, the world’s three major faiths were founded on the idea of suffering. Christianity was born out of the suffering of Jesus on the cross and the belief that he died for all our sins. In Judaism, one of the most sacred holidays is Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites
from slavery in Egypt. One of the defining moments in Islam is when Prophet Muhammad ordered his followers to relocate to Medina, to escape persecution from pagans in Mecca. And it was after this event, known as Hijrah, that Islam thrived as a sociopolitical entity.

Islam itself was founded on the idea that the best way to live is modestly, if not in austerity, as exemplified by the life of the Prophet.

In Islam, there is no sin greater than an extravagant display of wealth and power, and just like any revolutionary faith, Islam is eternally co...