"Indonesia is the most effective laboratory of pluralism and tolerance in the world, as a country with the largest Muslim population in the world and with a very complete variety of religions and religious schools. Everyone can live side by side," Mahfud MD stated at a meeting with Secretary General Syech Abdul Karim Al Issa of the World Moslem League in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday (December 8), as cited from the statement received here, Wednesday.
During the 90-minute-long meeting, Mahfud MD and Al Issa stressed on the significance of implementing moderation of Islam, or Wasathiyyah Islam, among Muslims globally.
Inclusiveness has become an important aspect in the lives of people in nations and countries, taking into account the diverse religions and beliefs embraced by humans globally.
Muslims were urged to not become trapped in either radical extremism or liberalism and instead adopt a moderate outlook and serve as the agents of peace.
Mahfud MD believed that the concept of moderate Islam is pertinent to Muslims in Indonesia, as the country is home to a plethora of religions and beliefs.
Meanwhile, Secretary General Abdul Karim Al-Issa expressed pride over the mainstreaming of moderate Islam by Indonesian Muslims.
"Some time ago, I visited Indonesia and officially opened the Museum of the History of the Prophet Muhammad and delivered lectures at various places. Muslims there really reflect the awareness that humans are created differently but have the same position in life together. Indonesian Muslims follow the Medina Charter made by the Prophet Muhammad himself," Al-Issa stated.
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