Muslim Organization Encourages Dialogue to Prevent Radicals' Abuse of Faith

February 20, 2004

Source: eTaiwanNews.com

http://www.etaiwannews.com/Asia/2004/02/20/1077243509.htm

On February 20, 2004 eTaiwanNews.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The head of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization urged religious leaders around the world to work together and prevent radicals from abusing faith for political purposes. 'There is no conflict between religions, only between different interests abusing religions,' said Hashim Muzadi, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, which claims to have as many as 40 million members. The influential group, said to be the largest Islamic social organization in the world, runs numerous hospitals, schools and other institutions of higher learning in Indonesia. Next week, Nahdlatul Ulama is hosting a meeting of Islamic scholars and other religious figures from around the world to discuss relations between Islam and other religions. The three-day conference opens Monday in Jakarta."