Indonesia is not a religious country

Nasheema at Shah Cheragh Shrine, Shiraz, Iran

“Why do people in Indonesia hate Syiah people?”

This is exactly one of the questions that made me decided to go to Iran. Nasheema, my guide at Shah Cheragh Shrine, the shrine that commemorate the two brothers of Imam Ali, asked me at the end of my short visit during an ifthar.

I, of course, couldn’t answer her question, but I could only say to her, “Indonesia does not belong to one religion, in fact, Indonesia was not a religious country. So you should revise your question to ‘Why SOME people in Indonesia do not like the Syiah?’ Although, I wouldn’t know the answer either.”

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