Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has urged the people, particularly Muslims, to take Ramadan this year as a month of self-revolution, including in receiving and responding to any information.
"This Ramadan is a momentum for our spiritual revolution, so that after Ramadan, we can provide new solutions, including those in responding to news and information that can be harmful to our lives," MUI Chairman Miftachul Akhyar stated during the Ramadhan 1442 Program held virtually by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and MUI on Wednesday night.
Akhyar emphasized that in order to imbibe the true essence of Ramadan, Muslims should not only interpret it as an effort to endure hunger and thirst but also to change their lifestyle for the better, which is sometimes not easy.
Improving oneself by keeping control of our cravings for a month is also a form of jihad for Muslims or an effort to lead their lives in the best possible way.
The MUI chairman believes that the toughest jihad to be fought is that against cravings by fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
"If we can get accustomed to controlling our cravings, then this is the best jihad," he remarked.
Since humans have been created more perfect than any other creatures, Akhyar reminded the public, especially Muslims, to refrain from any harmful actions, including the spread of hoax news that is rampant today.
"If we already know who we are as humans and who we serve, while still doing bad things by spreading hoax news, then how low our dignity is," he pointed out.
Ahead of this year's Ramadan, Akhyar advised Muslims to make Ramadhan a momentum to bring about self-improvement and to become better human beings by practicing kindness and staying away from either receiving or spreading harmful news.
"After Ramadan, we would hopefully become better human beings in disseminating information and refraining from spreading bad news," Akhyar stated.