Indonesian Islamic Museum in Jombang Officially Opened to Public

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 18 Desember 2018
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President Jokowi inaugurates Indonesian Islamic Museum K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari at Tebuireng, Jombang, East Java Province, Tuesday (18/12). (Photo: Presidential Secretariat)

President Jokowi inaugurates Indonesian Islamic Museum K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari at Tebuireng, Jombang, East Java Province, Tuesday (18/12). (Photo: Presidential Secretariat)

During a working visit to Jombang Regency, East Java Province, on Tuesday (18/12), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the Indonesian Islamic Museum K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari located near to the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School which was established by K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari in 1899.

The museum which preserves many historical objects about the development of Islam in Indonesia, such as books and other objects is expected to become a source of reference materials about Islam in Indonesia.

“This museum reminded us that Islam entered our country with a very peaceful process, through dialogue and local arts as the medium, such as poetry, puppets, songs and others,” President Jokowi said.

In addition, the museum also reminded the people of the glory of Islamic kingdoms from Aceh to Maluku which eventually had helped the progress of Indonesia. At the same time, the Indonesian people are also reminded that Islamic boarding schools have long been actively participated in educating Indonesian people.

“I also want to remind you that the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia with the Pancasila ideology is actually formed by ulemas (Islamic scholars), santri (Islamic students), Muslims, together with other Indonesian elements,” said the President.

Thus, President Jokowi explained that he marked 22 October as the National Santri Day to remember the struggle of K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari in maintaining Indonesia’s independence.

“The ulemas loved our country so much that they courageously declared a war to defend Indonesia’s independence as their jihad,” President Jokowi added.

Now, the President continued, a grandson of K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari, K.H. Salahuddin Wahid or known as Gus Solah, along with the families of Tebuireng continue the struggle of K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari to maintain Indonesia’s independence. Therefore, President Jokowi expressed his gratitude to Gus Solah and the Tebuireng family for their efforts.

“As the President of the Republic of Indonesia and as part of the Muslim community in Indonesia, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Gus Solah and the extended family of Tebuireng who have contributed greatly to Muslims in Indonesia,” said President Jokowi.

Meanwhile, Gus Solah explained that the Indonesian Islamic Museum K.H. Hasyim Asyari has sources that explain the process of how Islamic organizations such as Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Muhammadiyah and Indonesian Islamic Party (PSII) accepted Pancasila as the ideology of Indonesia.

“Indonesia is a blend between the Indonesian culture itself and Islamic teachings. No wonder there are a lot of Islamic law assimilates into the state law,” said Gus Solah.

For the record, the construction of the museum standing on an area of 4.9 hectares was funded by the State Budget through Ministry of Education and Culture as a form of respect for Islamic scholars who have contributed greatly to the Indonesian independence. (BPMI Setpres/ES)

 

Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Mia Medyana

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