Indonesian President Joko Widodo again reminded the importance of maintaining unity among the Indonesian people. The President also warned of the high social costs to be taken if the Indonesian people were divided by simply because of political differences in a democratic party. It was delivered by the President while attending Khataman (Finishing) al-Quran and the Birthday (Haul) of Pesantren An Najah Islamic Boarding School, in Gondang, Sragen regency, Central Java, Saturday, July 14. On the occasion the President said that Indonesia has bigger challenges that need to get attention to such as trade war and radicalism.
“With unity we are not necessarily able to face big challenges, let alone without unity. What’s our big challenge? There are so many trade wars, radicalism, industrial revolution among countries today,. We are united not necessarily winning the competition. Therefore I invite all of us to keep our ukhuwah islamiyah (brotherhood as Muslims), to keep our ukhuwah wathaniyah (brotherhood as a Nation),” said President Joko Widodo.
In the Khataman Al-Quran and Haul of An Najah Islamic Boarding School, the President, who was accompanied by Minister of State Secretary Pratikno and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, also reminded the people of the greatness of the Indonesian nation. According to him, steps to maintain the greatness of one of them can be done by husnu tafahum or prejudiced both to fellow community, not with suut tafahum or suspecting each other. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)