Country's Major Muslim Groups Commit to Moderate Islam Campaign

June 22, 2006

Source: People's Daily/Xinhua

On June 22, 2006 the Xinhua reported, "Indonesia's to largest Muslim organizations Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah say they are committed to campaigning for moderate Islam to counter the emergence of militant groups, a local newspaper said Thursday. They pledged that they would not seek strict religious formalism in pluralist Indonesia -- meaning the upholding of the outward signs and practices of the religion -- nor tolerate the use of violence in the name of the religion, said The Jakarta Post. Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said radical groups did not represent Islam, and therefore terrorism should not be simplistically linked to the religion because of their misuse of its name. 'No religion, including Islam, tolerates any use of violence. The terrorists are those who are not patient and misunderstand the religion,' he said after presenting his paper on religiosity at the second International Conference of Islamic Scholars here Wednesday."