Tag: MUI

The 2019 Race: Muhammadiyah & NU

Din Syamsuddin has resigned from his position as special envoy of President of the Republic of Indonesia for interfaith dialogue and cultural cooperation. Din, who chairs the Indonesian Ulema Council’s (MUI) advisory board, was in the position for less than one year. He was appointed by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo last October.

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Where Are You Heading To, Indonesia?

When President Jokowi announced Ma’ruf Amin as his chosen running mate, supporter of the former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama immediately expressed their disappointment. Mar’uf’s MUI was a part of the movement that drove Ahok to prison. Some fear for their freedom as minorities. This worry is further amplified by the development of the blasphemy case against Meliana—a housewife who had allegedly sought for a ban on the call for prayer—, and the worrying parade of kindergarten students wearing a niqab, while carring replica of AK-47 in Probolinggo.

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Bracing for More Islam Politics

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo had a busy schedule Tuesday (Apr 17). Upon inspecting construction progress of Kertajati international airport in Majalengka, West Java province, Jokowi paid a visit to the office of West Java chapter of Indonesian Council of Ulemma (MUI) in Bandung, the capital city of the province, where he lost with huge margin from Prabowo Subianto in 2014 election.

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