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Jakarta administration, NU train preachers to spread messages of unity

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 10, 2017   /   12:53 pm
Jakarta administration, NU train preachers to spread messages of unity Visitors look at historic artifacts of Islamic civilization in Indonesia displayed in the West Nusa Tenggara Islamic Center in Mataram on July 30. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

The Jakarta administration is cooperating with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia's largest Islamic organization, to train and educate Islamic preachers in the city to spread massages of unity and peace.

"We are cooperating with the NU Central Board (PBNU) to educate our preachers to preach properly in line with the Islamic teachings of Rahmatan lil alamien (blessing for the universe) and tolerant Islam," Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that the cooperation had been initiated because he did not want radicalism and intolerance to emerge in the city.

PBNU chairman Said Aqil Siradj said 1,000 preachers would join the training course.

"The training aims to make preachers fully understand the concept of Rahmatan lil alamin, moderate and tolerant Islam, which is constructive rather than destructive by containing hate-speech or defamation," he said. (yon)