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WARNING: DO NOT argue about which religion is better and DO NOT mock other religion. This post is merely talking about religions in Indonesia and the relationship amongst the believers. For me, all religions are good, the bad ones are the people who misused their religion.
I WILL DELETE ANY COMMENT THAT DOESN’T SHOW RESPECT TOWARD OTHER PEOPLE’S RELIGION OR BELIEF.
These sentences made me want to share about religion in my country.
” it’s (Indonesia) a Muslim majority country , so many people covers their face with clothes (he’s talking about women with hijab during the concert ) it was the sight I had never seen before . I’ve seen many kind of people but this is the first time I realize that our music has across religious boundaries”
~Hyde (Vocalist of L’Arc~en~Ciel)
Source: Noi-Himura. Translated from What’s In (a Japanese Magazine)
Hyde was surprised to see so many women in Hijab came to see the concert. It is true that Indonesian is a country which population is mostly consist of Muslim, however we are not Islamic Country. The government has acclaimed 4 major religions in Indonesia. They are Islam, Christian (both Catholic and Protestant), Buddha, and Hindu.
Muslim can be found mostly on the west and middle part of Indonesia (Indonesia is divided into 3 time zone which end up making us called it as West part of Indonesia, middle part of Indonesia, and east part of Indonesia). Christians are mostly on the east part of Indonesia. Hindu believers are mostly Balinese people and Buddha believers are mostly Chinese Indonesian. Here in Jakarta, you can find any religious people and agnostic and atheist😉
Indonesian ID Card, required us to state our religion. Here is a scan of my ID Card, I have to block all the information to prevent misuse by others.
The mentioning of religion there is not to differentiate one person with another, it’s just the government needs to make sure that we have religion. Although this often led to a term called Islam-KTP (KTP is how we called our ID Card). Islam KTP meaning that the person is Islam only on ID Card but the behavior doesn’t represent his/her religion at all. It goes the same with other religions.
With these many religions in my country, how do people with different religion interact?
Fortunately, we are a peaceful country with so many different ethnics and religions. The only conflict related to religion only happen in Ambon, I have no idea why the Christian and The Muslim in that area are always fighting. It’s sad whenever I heard new news about them. You might also heard about the bombing of Churches in Indonesia few years back…trust me, that is an act done by terrorist!! The real Indonesians live in peace.
When the bombing happened, most Muslim condemned that act of terrorism. During the fasting month, The Christians, Buddhist and Hindus often shared food to Muslims who were still on the road when it was already time for them to break their fasting.
A friend of mine told me that she once met a westerner who was amazed with the fact that there are no boundaries between people of different religions in my country. When I was in college, I often talked about the difference between Islam and Christian with my Christian friend. It was a friendly discussion which never let to argument of which one is better. I miss talking to him.
I have friends from all religions, even the agnostic, and never once we mocked each other belief. Some of my closest friends are from different religions.
Our government made ALL religions’ HOLY-days as national holidays. I knew from a friend that other countries don’t even have holidays for Idhul Fitri. Here in Indonesia, it’s a national holiday when the Muslim are celebrating Idhul Fitri and Idhul Adha, when the Christian are celebrating Christmas and Easter, when the Buddhist are celebrating Waisak and when the Hindus are celebrating Nyepi, we even have national holiday for Chinese new year because the Chinese are using that day to pray in their temple.
And since we are not a Muslim country, we (Muslims) are not as strict as those in Far East. Can you see this image in a rock concert at those countries?😉
And here are two important Church and Mosque standing next to each other.
When it comes to tolerance or relationship between different religions, I am very happy I was born in Indonesia🙂