Muslims asked to prioritize brotherhood during 2019 general elections

Muslims asked to prioritize brotherhood during 2019 general elections

President's special envoy for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation and Civilization, Din Syamsuddin. (Bayu Prasetyo)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Advisory Council of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has asked Muslims to put forward the Islamic brotherhood, and not to spread hatred during the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.

"It takes the unity and togetherness of the entire family of the nation, especially the unity of Muslims, by promoting Islamic brotherhood and refraining from spreading hatred to make the general elections a civilized means to overcome incivilization," MUI Advisory Council Chairman Din Syamsuddin remarked here on Wednesday.

During the election period, the political temperature among state administrators to the grassroots tends to rise because of the splitting of voting support during the elections.

Syamsuddin also asked the public to be aware of the spread of the communism ideology that is contrary to the nation`s religion and philosophy, namely Pancasila.

"Besides that, things that threaten the nation are liberalism, understanding freedom that is very contrary to religion, extreme radicalism both on the basis of religious understanding and political interests," he said.

Related to this, Syamsuddin said he regretted the omission by state officials at both the legislative and executive levels of the alarming understanding.

"The most dangerous threat is the deviation, distortion and disorientation of our national life from the basic values of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, especially in our socio-political life, socio-economic and socio-cultural life," he said.

For this reason, he called on Muslims to prioritize the unity and integrity of the nation, respect differences in political choices and not easily be provoked by the many false stories that often appear on social media.
Reporting by Anita Permata Dewi
Editing by Otniel Tamidael