Friday, 8 Rabiul Awwal 1440 / 16 November 2018

Friday, 8 Rabiul Awwal 1440 / 16 November 2018

Be more selective in inviting preachers: Zainut Tauhid

Kamis 07 Jun 2018 17:00 WIB

Rep: Fuji Eka Permana, Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman, Zainut Tauhid Saadi

Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman, Zainut Tauhid Saadi

Foto: Republika/Yasin Habibi
Zainut says permissiveness towards radicalism have made radical group thrives.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman, Zainut Tauhid Saadi urged Islamic mass organizations to give serious attention over radicalism issues. He called on the people to keep united and save Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) by combating radical movement.

Zainut also appealed mosque's caretakers and society to be more selective in inviting preachers. "In order to maintain harmony and to realize the harmonization of national and state life, choose preachers who can comfort the people's heat and calm situation and condition," he said.

He appreciated Jakarta Provincial Government's statement about dozens of mosques allegedly became places to spread radicalism. He was very concerned over the condition if it was true.

It shows during this time we are less careful in observing society, said Zainut on Wednesday (June 6).

Islamic mass organizations and society's permissiveness towards radicalism have made radical group thrives. According to him, it also shows some people still think radical movement has not become a threat yet.

"It is very important for the public to have awareness of the danger of radicalism," he said.

Earlier, Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno confirmed dozens of mosques in Jakarta have spreaded radicalism. The list of radical mosques owned by Bureau of Education, Mental, and Spiritual (Dikmental) and Jakarta Muslim Charitable Donations Board (Bazis).

There are 30 mosques on our list, said Sandiaga on Tuesday (June 5).

Sandiaga argued, one of the causes radicalism grows is injustice. It is implemented to young generation and becomes beliefs which later develops into understanding. Those people then took a short cut to achieve their goals.

Information about the mosques that spreaded radicalism was first conveyed by Muslim Intelectual Azyumardi Azra. He shared the information during a metting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at State Palace on Monday (June 4).

Azyumardi said there are 40 mosques in Jakarta that delivered sermons close to radicalism. He assessed preachers should not teach radicalism and intolerant ideology.

According to him, intolerance must be dealt comprehensively. The government must reinforce the social coalition through, for example, the re-establishment of the spirit of nationalism, as well as local wisdom and the strengthening of Wasatiyyah Islam (Islam middle way).

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