The birthday of Prophet Muhammad is commonly celebrated in nations with majority and minority Muslim populations. On the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok, the majority group, the Sasak, ritualize this event in accordance with their own traditions, further cementing the harmony between local customs and the universal tenets of Islam. Localized Islam is appealing and finds its best expression when the birth of Prophet Muhammad is celebrated. The Maulud celebration reflected in this essay involves Muslims living in Lenek and Songak in East Lombok, Selebung in Central Lombok, and Bayan to the north.
Full article can be read in Strategic Review, the Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affair