Islamic Schools in E. Java Express Readiness for Vaccination
Date 22 Maret 2021
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Monday (22/03) stated that he already met with representatives from East Java Ulema Council of Indonesia (MUI) and religious leaders, Islamic boarding school leaders kiai in the province to hear advices on the use of AstraZeneca vaccine.
“They (kiai) told me that East Java province were ready to secure AstraZeneca vaccine that will be immediately used for vaccination at Islamic boarding schools. I think that we have appreciate that,” President Jokowi said at regency hall Pendopo Delta Wibawa in Sidoarjo regency.
The President also said he had ordered Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin to distribute those vaccines all over the province and in other provinces well.
In the meantime, Regional MUI chief for East Java province Hasan Mutawakkil ‘Alallah added that President Jokowi met several older Kiai to hear perspectives and responses from religious leaders and Islamic boarding school leaders that AstraZeneca vaccine is halalan thayyiban (permissible and lawful).
Hasan expressed belief that this vaccination program could protect the community and that there is no government that does no good to its citizens.
“We would like to Mr. President if the Islamic students, religious leaders, religious teacher, and Quran reciters could immediately get vaccinated with this AstraZeneca vaccine and we are grateful. Hopefully it can later be followed by other components in the society,” Hasan said. (FID/UN) (AP/EP)