Muslims Continue to Show the World that Islam is a Peace Loving Religion: President Jokowi
Date 4 Mei 2017
President Joko Jokowi Widodo said Muslims have and continue to show to the world that Islam is a peace loving religion that rejects slander and violence and the one that becomes a blessing for the universe (rahmatan lil alamin).
President Jokowi also said amidst the development and dynamics of the current global lives, many countries have made Indonesia a role model. (We have become) a role model in managing diversity and plurality and other countries learn from Indonesia, the President said in his remarks at the amicable gathering (silaturrahim) with participants of the 8th Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Alu Suud Al Qurran and Hadith Recitation Competition for ASEAN and Asia Pacific Level at the State Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (4/5).
On that occasion, the President hopes that the benefits and the lessons from this event can be felt for humankind, especially in Indonesia. The President also congratulated the participants who won medals at the competition and hopes that their achievements can continue to be maintained in the future, while to those who have not succeeded yet, President Jokowi reminded them not to be disappointed.
Keep practicing and motivating yourself to make achievements in future endeavors. And above all, keep spreading and practicing the teachings of the Holy Quran outside this competition, the President said.
In the meantime, Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said that this event, which is held in Indonesia every year and this year is 8th edition, is an invaluable trust and honor and the symbol of friendship for Muslims and for the Indonesian people.
The Minister also said that the number of participants of this years event reaches 96 people, consisting of 83 Al Quran recitation participants, 13 Hadith recitation participants, and 16 officials from 17 countries. The event is held at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta for two days between 2-3 Mei, Lukman said.
He added that in addition to the competition for the ASEAN and Asia Pacific level, the Minister said that Indonesia also hosts a similar competition at the national level in which this year has entered the ninth edition. The Minister also said he is pleased that the number of participants continues to rise from year to year.
Also attending the event were Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Ambassadors of friendly countries, and participants of the competition. (DNA/RAH/ES) (Naster/YM/EP)