Students read the Quran at Al Hidayah Mosque in Karangploso, Malang, East Java on Tuesday. The mosque, completed in 1936, combines Turkish interior with Iranian architecture. (Antara Photo/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

United Colors of Ramadan

BY : ANTARA PHOTO

MAY 11, 2019

For Indonesian Muslims, fasting is not an excuse to sleep or do nothing all day. Ramadan is filled with so many useful activities: reading Quran (Muslims are encouraged to read the Holy Book cover to cover during the month), sharing takjil (Ramadan snacks) to the poor or laying out iftar (breaking-the-fast meal) for the homeless. Indonesians of other faiths also join in on the Ramadan festivities, donating food or visiting their Muslim neighbors in a show of unity and compassion. 

A man unfurled a batik with Al-Quran batik motifs as he visits Batik tourism site at Mahkota Batik Laweyan, Solo, Central Java on Thursday (09/05). The batik written in the verses of the Koran was made by the owner of a local batik business to invite the public to learn to write, read and understand the Koran, while attracting tourist visits in the Batik Laweyan Village. (Antara Photo / Maulana Surya )
A man unfurls a Quran made from batik at Mahkota Batik Laweyan in Solo, Central Java, on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Maulana Surya )
Dancers perform Sufi dances during the opening of the Ramadan Festival at Banda Aceh Cultural Park, Aceh on Tuesday (07/05). The Ramadhan Festival held by the Aceh government in collaboration with the tourism ministry. Various Acehnese traditional cultures is performed during the festival. (Antara Photo/ Ampelsa)
Sufi whirling dervishes at the opening of Ramadan Festival at Banda Aceh Cultural Park in Aceh on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Ampelsa)
Indonesian Muslims held the first tarawih prayers of Ramadan 1440 H at Al Markaz Mosque, Makassar, South Sulawesi on Sunday (05/05) (Antara Photo / Sahrul Manda Tikupadang)
Muslims perform tarawih (Ramadan night prayers) Al Markaz Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday. (Antara Photo/Sahrul Manda Tikupadang)
Indonesian muslims sleep after Dzuhur prayer at the Al Azhom Mosque in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday (06/05). (Antara Photo / Muhammad Iqbal)
A quick nap after dzuhur (afternoon prayer) at Al Azhom Mosque in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)
Indonesian muslims visit mosque as they are waiting for iftar in Great Mosque of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Wednesday (08/05). (Antara Photo / Sahrul Manda Tikupadang)
People wait for iftar (breaking-the-fast meal) at the Great Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Sahrul Manda Tikupadang)
Indonesian police personnels learn to read the Koran during the Polisi Ngaji Ramadhan program at the Mapolres Wonosobo Mosque, Central Java on Saturday (11/05). The program aims to creating a police who always remember the God Almighty during his daily duty. (Antara Photo / Anis Efizudin)
A kyai (cleric) teaches Indonesian police officers how to read the Quran at a mosque in Wonosobo, Central Java, on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Indonesian muslim residents carry food packages from Hakka Foundation in Peunayong Village, Banda Aceh, Aceh on Saturday (11/05). The Hakka Foundation distributes 2,035 staple food packages to help poor people during Ramadan as well as a attempt to increase tolerance in Aceh regardless of ethnicity, race and religion. (Antara Photo / Putra Irwansyah)
Muslims pick up food donation from the Buddhist Hakka Foundation in Peunayong, Banda Aceh, on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Putra Irwansyah)
Indonesian Catholics (right) distributed food during iftar to motorists in front of the Santo Paulus Miki Catholic Church, Salatiga, Central Java on Thursday (09/05). A total of 300 takjil packages is distributed to residents during iftar to increasing religious tolerance awareness in Salatiga.(Antara Photo/ Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)
Indonesian Catholics hand food to motorists in front of the Santo Paulus Miki Catholic Church in Salatiga, Central Java, on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)
A Saint Bernardus kindergarten student (orange shirt) hug a student from Aisyiyah Bustanul Athfal kindergarten as they visit the school to share love among people during Ramadan in Madiun, East Java on Thursday (09/05). The activity themed 'Menabur Kasih Menjalin Persaudaraan Antarumat Beragama' is intended to teach children about the importance of tolerance and sharing among people. (Antara Photo / Siswowidodo)
A girl from Saint Bernardus Catholic kindergarten (in orange shirt) hugs her friend from the Islamic Aisyiyah Bustanul Athfal kindergarten during a Ramadan party in Madiun, East Java, on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Siswowidodo)

 

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