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MUI to curb ‘right-wing’, ‘left-wing’ preachers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  12:56 am

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has begun a program to standardize and train Islamic preachers to ensure that they promote moderate Islam instead of far-right or far-left Islamic thought.The council implemented the certification program for da’i (Islamic preacher) on Monday.MUI executive Muhammad Cholil Nafis said the council had invited Islamic teachers who regularly delivered sermons to convene and unite their visions on dakwah (preaching).“The MUI will later recommend them as da’i,” Cholil said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.The preachers, he said, were expected to promote moderate Islam or the concept of al-wasatiyya — often translated as “middle Islam” or the “common ground” — as taught by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions.“Islamic [teachings] that are neither extreme-right wing nor extreme-left wing,” Cholil said.The certification is part of the M...