Indonesia: Muslims celebrate Idul Fitri in different ways

The Jakarta Post:

………………….. Separately, in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Ahmadiyah followers celebrated Idul Fitri on Thursday in their displaced persons camp at Wisma Transito. This was the eighth year that they had to celebrate the holiday from the camp, after being driven from their own village in Ketapang, West Lombok, in 2006. “Alhamdulillah [Thank God] that with all the limitations we can still celebrate the day of victory,” one of the community members, Suhaedi, 35, said.

Some 250 Ahmadiyah followers joined the Idul Fitri mass prayer held at Wisma Transito’s mushala (small mosque). Among them were also Ahmadis from outside the camp and local executives of the NTB branch of the Indonesian Ahmadi Congregation (JAI).

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After the mass prayer, worshipers shook hands, forgiving each other. Unlike in previous years, this year’s Idul Fitri was celebrated with joy. No sad cries were heard among the Ahmadis.

“It’s been a long time and no change has occurred. We surrender. That is our best choice, surrendering everything to God’s will,” Suhaedi said.

The Shiite followers are saying their prayers without prayer mats, because they were not allowed to participate in the prayers along with other Muslims.

Meanwhile, while the majority of Muslims in the country celebrated Idul Fitri on Thursday, followers of the An Nadzir sect in Gowa, South Sulawesi, did so on Wednesday.

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Categories: Asia, Indonesia

2 replies

  1. Let’s pray Allah Almighty to open the eye’s of these so called Muslims to understand the true teachings of Islam.

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