Religious Affairs Minister Meets with Indonesian Imams in Dubai
Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi has met with three Indonesian citizens who are assigned as mosque imams in UAE. The meeting taking place in Dubai was initiated by the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Monday (13/1).
On that occasion, the Minister encouraged the three imams to carry out their duties properly as a mandate. “Please, introduce the style of Islam practiced in Indonesia to the world and keep Indonesia’s good name,” Fachrul said.
Fachrul went on to say that the imams could also represent the friendly and tolerant Islam since the UAE has high levels of tasamuh (tolerance).
“With the friendliness of the UAE citizens, Islam looks beautiful here, not to mention that they guarantee safety during religious activities,” Fachrul said.
The Minister also expressed his appreciation that the imams have shown good work performance, including their ability to preachboth in Arabic and English. ”
“The Government will continue to improve synergy with the UAE. InshaAllah, we will send 100 imams in the future,” the Minister said.
For the record, Indonesia and the UAE have agreed to cooperate in Islamic Affairs and Waqf (Endowments) under the MoU which was signed by Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi and Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Waqf Mohammed Matar Salem bin Abid Al Kaabi and witnessed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo” and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (Ministry of Religion / ES Public Relations)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Lulu Wuliarti