"The National MTQ must be well-grounded in fact to make the Holy Quran easily understood and applied by the public," President Jokowi remarked in his address to open the 26th National MTQ at the Astaka Utama Islamic Center here on Saturday evening.
Jokowi expressed his hope that the MTQ which has been entrenched in the community in the country can characterize the face of Muslims and the people of Indonesia.
According to him, the purpose and meaning of MTQ activities is not just a major achievement, but even more important is the way how to understand the meaning of Quran and to apply in everyday life.
The head of state said he wanted that the Quran can be used as an essential lifeline, and as the personality of the Muslim community in the country.
"In addition, I hope that we can hold firmly the essence of the meaning and purpose of the MTQ in order to be able to absorb the meaning of Holy Quran and practice it in our everyday life," the president reiterated.
Further, Jokowi added that when someone echoes the Quran, he or she actually glorifies human values, social values, the values of piety, and the values of defending the weak, the needy, and the poor, instead of the values of greed by collecting worldly treasures that are easily damaged by moth and rust.(*)