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MUI praises Anies' decision to move mass prayers from Monas to nearby mosque

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22, 2018   /   06:32 pm
MUI praises Anies' decision to move mass prayers from Monas to nearby mosque A view of the National Monument in Central Jakarta. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) praised on Tuesday the Jakarta administration’s decision to move mass tarawih (evening Ramadhan prayers) from the National Monument (Monas) to Istiqlal Mosque. Both are located in Central Jakarta.

“It is a really wise decision and should be highly appreciated,” said MUI deputy chairman Zainut Tauhid, adding that moving the religious event from Monas to the mosque ended controversy and potential disputes among religious followers.

“I do believe that the administration’s decision will get support from all Muslim organizations and all Muslims from across the city,” Zainut said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.

The city administration bowed to pressure from Muslim organizations to move the event from Monas and decided on Monday to hold the event on May 26 at the nearby grand mosque, the country's largest in terms of capacity. Up to 30,000 people are expected to come to the event. (vny/wit)