[Jakarta, LTTW]. After thirty days of refraining from physical needs and self-indulging desires from dawn until dusk, senses of gratitude, solidarity, and empathy are heightened, and the soul is repurified. The day of victory arrives as the days of fasting in the month of Ramadan end, and Muslims around the world celebrates their triumph in defeating selfishness, greed, adulteration and unthankfulness.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a sacred attempt – not simply a ritual technicality fulfillment – to reach and cultivate a living virtue. Just imagine how our lives would be if 1.8 billion Muslims in the world together could reach such level of human goodness; we would be living in heaven on earth indeed. While we could only imagine now, let’s not stop hoping that it would happen some day although we keep seeing the grimace of the world these days.
This year, the sacredness of Ramadan is, regretfully, stained by acts of war and terror. Doing these acts is already a despicable crime; doing it in Ramadan and in the name of Islam is certainly a humiliation to Islam, but then again, Islam is too great to be dwarfed by these twisted individuals.
To our Muslim brothers and sisters, we congratulate you on your victory, may God Almighty bless our deeds, and may we be purified once again.