Christmas and New Year; Muhammadiyah Hopes People will Reunite

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chairman of Islamic organization Muhammadiyah, Haedar Nashir, hopes that the upcoming Christmas and New Year can be used as moments to reunite the nation's unity.

    "I hope we can reunite through the moments of Christmas and New Year," he said in Yogyakarta, December 21, recalling the separation among the public following the presidential and legislative elections, as well as several social conflicts that occurred in the country this year.

    Haedar also iterates that this Christmas time can be a moment to strengthen the spirit of tolerance among the people in order to create harmony. He hopes that the nation can be more mature in solving each of its problems.

    "Make the religious values, from any religion, as the source of social and national integration," Haedar said.

    He hopes that the people of Indonesia can build positive solidity through the moments of this Christmas and New Year.

    "We have to expand the communication area, build friendships, and practice religion well. I believe that an elite approach to the community in each region is an example," Haedar remarked.

    Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor)