Idul Fitri, trust and diversity

The Jakarta Post: The spirit of Idul Fitri encourages Muslims to renew their relationships with relatives. They are enthusiastic about visiting parents, siblings, friends and neighbors. Idul Fitri is believed to be a day when God Allah will erase all sins, as long as Muslims express repentance and ask for forgiveness from others.

On that day, most Muslims think positively about others. They imagine that all Muslims are brothers, so that they have to love each other, regardless of ethnicity, social class, political affiliation and madzhab (school of law).

They will bury hatchets and replace them with friendship. No wonder that most Indonesian Muslims who work and live far away from home prefer to return to their places of origin for Idul Fitri, no matter what the cost.

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