- Title: Indonesian Muslims pray on eve of Ramadan despite tensions after bombings
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (MAY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) EXTERIOR OF ISTIQLAL MOSQUE CRESCENT AND STAR SYMBOL ON TOP OF MOSQUE DOME SIGN READING (English and Bahasa Indonesia): "ISTIQLAL MOSQUE" VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING INTO MOSQUE (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) MOSQUE VISITOR, AKRAM, SAYING: "This year's Ramadan could be the month that strengthens the ties of all Muslims and promote tolerance between religious people, as Indonesia is dominated by Muslims with an understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims." VARIOUS OF WOMEN GOING INTO MOSQUE PEOPLE ENTERING MOSQUE (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) MOSQUE VISITOR, RAHMAT FIRMANSYAH, SAYING: "As Indonesian citizens we need to stay united and guard ourselves from being divided by hoaxes in the media, especially with the recent incident a few days ago." MOSQUE'S DOME / PEOPLE GATHERING IN MOSQUE PEOPLE GATHERING IN MOSQUE VARIOUS OF PRAYERS STARTING PEOPLE LIFTING HANDS AND PRAYING PEOPLE PRAYING
- Embargoed: 9th June 2017 20:11
- Keywords: Jakarta bombing evening prayers in Jakarta Ramadan in Indonesia
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IH7XVR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Muslims in Indonesia ushered in the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan with an evening prayer on Friday (May 26) at Jakarta's Istiqlal Mosque, despite tensions from a recent suicide bombing in the country's capital.
In the capital of the world's biggest Muslim nation, worshippers flocked to the mosque for Taraweeh prayers, a particular prayer session performed only during Ramadan.
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is the time when Muslims refrain from drinking and eating from dusk to dawn, and are encouraged to practice their faith.
The timing of Ramadan varies in different Muslim countries depending on the sighting of the new moon which marks the start of the month in the Islamic calendar.
Concerns about rising hardline Islamic sentiment have been mounting in Indonesia, where Muslims vastly outnumber other religious groups, most recently by two suicide bombings that killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday (May 24) night in twin blasts near a bus station in Jakarta.
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