Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saefuddin has asked Muslim leaders for reflective sermons during Idul Fitri services on Sunday morning.
Lukman said Muslim leaders should deliver sermons that noted the essential meaning of Idul Fitri, so that the people would reflect on their lives.
“The sermons shall invite Muslims to train and evaluate themselves; therefore, this Syawal month [that begins with Idul Fitri] will be a new beginning for them,” he told reporters following the isbat (confirmation) meeting in Jakarta on Saturday.
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin also called on Muslim leaders to have a peaceful heart, so that they could spread values of kindness through their sermons.
“If Muslim leaders still hide anger or envy, they should not become preachers, because their feelings can disturb the sermons,” he said.