The Jakarta Post
Aisyiyah, the women’s wing of the country’s second-largest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah, has called on people to protect their families from terrorist influences by making religion the source of noble values and not to allow it to be misused by any interest to cause harm to people or the environment.
The call was conveyed by Aisyiyah chairwoman Siti Noordjannah Djohantini at the organization's headquarters in Yogyakarta on Tuesday, in response to suicide bombings in East Java on Sunday and Monday.
“We call on all parties not to tolerate, no matter in how small a way, terrorism because terrorism destroys life,” Noordjannah said.
Noordjannah said Aisyiyah strongly condemned the attacks, expressed deep condolences to the victims and hoped that such barbarous acts would never be committed again in the future.
“I cannot think how such an act could be committed by a family. As a woman, a mother, I feel the pain. It’s really heartbreaking for me," she said.
Noordjannah further said children were gifts from God, precious pearls, which should be nurtured and reared responsibly according to their potential. They should be kept away from situations and acts that could destroy their lives such as terrorism, violence, intimidation, indoctrination or anarchy.
“Involving children as a terror perpetrator is a sin," she went on.
Noordjannah said Indonesian women were a strategic power in the development of the nation’s character and civilization. They play important roles in educating and spreading the values of goodness and nobility.
“That’s why we have to prevent any act that misappropriates women for terror and violent purposes," she added. (ebf)