Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | 17:20 WIB

Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque: Eid al-Fitr Momentum to Increase Patriotism

Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque Prof KH Nasaruddin Umar

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque Prof. KH Nasaruddin Umar invites Indonesian Muslims to make Eid al-Fitr as a momentum to rid themselves of the influence of radicalism-terrorism and return to Islam which is rahmatan lil alamin (blessing to all creation).

"With this Eid al-Fitr we increase the patriotism of country and the nation for the integrity of NKRI [the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia]," said Nasaruddin as quoted in a press release in Jakarta, Tuesday (6/20/2017).

According to him, to realize a clean Indonesia from radicalism and terrorism is by strengthening the understanding and application of Islamic values and Pancasila. He is optimistic that if Islam and Pancasila become more entrenched then Indonesia will be strong from various kinds of disturbance.

"The Eid is forgiving and maintaining friendship, so this is the momentum to embody the values of Islam and Pancasila itself," said the Professor of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta.

He considered Islam and Pancasila compatible. Islam is a universal teaching, while Pancasila is local wisdom. Islam does not regulate A-Z, but Islam governs its base, while its accessories and beauty are left to local wisdom, namely Pancasila as the nation's ideology.

"Islam and Pancasila are like currencies that have different sides, both of which work. If one side is lost then the money cannot be used, so that side can complement each other and perfect," explained the former deputy minister of religion.

One of the results of cooperation between Islam and Pancasila is tolerance. Nasaruddin explained that the tolerance requires the magnanimity in understanding the differences, and it must start from each individual. (*)