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Celebrating Lebaran with Unity and Harmony: NU's Vision for Sidang Isbat Lebaran 2023.

Lebaran or Eid al-Fitr is an important festival for Muslims around the world that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This festival is celebrated with great joy and harmony by communities worldwide, including in Indonesia. One of the largest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has recently put forth a vision for Sidang Isbat Lebaran 2023 that emphasizes the importance of celebrating Lebaran with unity and harmony.

NU is a traditionalist Sunni Islam movement that aims to promote moderate and peaceful Islamic teachings. As one of the largest Islamic organizations in the world, with over 80 million members, NU has always played a vital role in shaping the discourse and practice of Islam in Indonesia. In this context, NU’s vision for Sidang Isbat Lebaran 2023 is significant, as it emphasizes the importance of celebrating Lebaran with unity and harmony, even amidst the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The Sidang Isbat Lebaran is an official meeting of Islamic scholars and government officials that takes place annually to determine the date of Lebaran. This meeting is crucial as it ensures that the whole Muslim community in Indonesia celebrates Lebaran on the same day. In recent years, however, there have been disagreements between different Islamic organizations about the precise date of Lebaran, leading to confusion and division within the Muslim community.

NU’s vision for Sidang Isbat Lebaran 2023 seeks to address these issues by promoting dialogue, tolerance, and inclusivity. The organization envisages a meeting where all Islamic organizations, government officials, and communities come together to celebrate Lebaran in unity and harmony. The meeting would focus on the critical importance of overcoming differences and conflicts and promoting cooperation and solidarity among Muslims in Indonesia.

To achieve this vision, NU has highlighted three key principles that underpin its approach. The first principle is to embrace diversity and recognize that differences exist within the Muslim community. NU believes that diversity enriches the community and should be celebrated rather than divisive. Secondly, NU is emphasizing the importance of fostering inclusivity and ensuring that all members of the Muslim community are represented and listened to. This approach is essential to promote harmony and trust among the followers of Islam in Indonesia. Finally, NU is highlighting the importance of upholding the principles of peace and tolerance amidst the social and political challenges facing Indonesia today.

Overall, NU’s vision for Sidang Isbat Lebaran 2023 is a call to action for Muslims in Indonesia to come together and celebrate Lebaran with unity and harmony. By promoting dialogue, tolerance, and inclusivity, NU hopes to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 and ensure that Lebaran is a time of togetherness and joy for all Muslims in Indonesia. This vision is rooted in the Islamic values of peace, justice, and compassion and represents a significant step forward in promoting a more harmonious and inclusive society in Indonesia.