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


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)