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Jakarta Post

MUI to train, certify preachers amid rising radicalism

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 26, 2019   /  11:22 am
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Token of support: Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Yunahar Ilyas (right) and National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto display a copy of the statement issued by the MUI in response to a flag burning incident on Tuesday. In the statement, the MUI urged people to let the police investigate the case and asked the police to maintain their professionalism.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

In an attempt to curb the spread of radicalism through sermons at mosques, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) will provide preachers with training on moderation and nationalist Islam. At the end of the training program, participants will be tested and receive certification. MUI’s head of Islamic preaching Muhammad Cholil Nafis explained that the training program would be held periodically, with the first to be held next month at Pondok Gede Haj Dormitory in East Jakarta. At least 108 participants from various Islamic organizations and the 34 provinces across the country will join the one-week training program. “We aim to train and certify 550 preachers this year through five batches,” Cholil said. He further said the MUI was concerned about the rising phenomenon of preachers using sermons to spread radicalism, which is indicated by hate speech toward religio...