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Ma’ruf Amin Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue And Dzikir to Maintain National Integrity

VOI NEWS 10.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 14-07-2017

Chairman of Indonesian Ulema Council KH Ma’ruf Amin on Thursday (13/7) in Jakarta said that dialog and prayer are two measures to maintain national integrity. In his speech at the National Meeting of Ulemas of the Prayer Group Hubbul Wathon, Ma'ruf Amin said, the Indonesian nation has been formed based on the agreement of all citizens to promise to keep the unity of Indonesia. However, according to him, the unity of the Indonesian nation was being disturbed by the existence of radical groups who wants to separate themselves from Indonesia. Therefore, he emphasized the importance of dialogue and dzikir to maintain national unity.

“Therefore we must strive to unite the nation through institutions we posses namely state institutions, social institutions and religious institutions. The prayer group Hubbul Wathon is a place to make that effort by means of two things. First, national dialogues, and also dzikir or mass chants in praise of God, prayer and mass prayer,” said Ma'ruf Amin.

KH Maruf Amin further stated the importance of ulema’s role in maintaining national integrity. According to him ulemas have a big responsibility not only to guard the religion and people, but also to guard the state and nation. Therefore, according to him, the ulemas should take the initiative when the country is experiencing disobedience. He also expressed his admiration for the first President of Indonesia Soekarno who was able to formulate Pancasila as a unifying form of the nation amid the pluralism. Around 700 Ulemas of the prayer group Hubbul Wathon attended the national meeting. (Ndy/edit r)


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