Those who has faith (in religions) are regarded as our own brothers, (regardless of) whichever religion they believe in.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia’s future capital (IKN), Nusantara, in East Kalimantan Province is expected to be an inclusive city that can establish religious harmony, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD stated.

At the first Nuzulul Quran (the revelation of the Quran) commemoration in the IKN, the minister affirmed that as an inclusive city, IKN would respect the ethnicity and religious diversity as well as recognize the equal rights of each of its residents, as quoted from a statement on Friday.

Nuzulul Qur’an marks Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation, which is believed to have been conveyed to him on the 17th night of Ramadan which, this year, coincided with the evening of April 7.

"The first step taken by the Prophet (Muhammad) at the beginning of the development of Medina City was making a (peace) declaration, which we know as the Medina Charter," he remarked.

The first Nuzulul Qur'an commemoration in the IKN took place at a mosque located in the residential area for IKN construction workers on Thursday (April 13, 2023) evening. The mosque is one of the first worship places in the future capital.

On the same occasion, Grand Imam of Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar emphasized that all holy books and religions indubitably promote peace, brotherhood, and harmony.

“Surely, all believers are brothers. Thus, if we believe in religions, then we are all brothers. Those who have faith (in religions) are regarded as our own brothers, (regardless of) whichever religion they believe in," he remarked.

The commemoration was attended by about 150 people, including IKN construction workers, religious leaders, local indigenous community leaders, as well as the central government officials.

In addition to Mahfud, the officials included Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Deputy Minister for Agrarian and Spatial Planning Raja Juli Antoni.

The officials also conducted iftar at the mosque. They also visited several construction sites in IKN, including the Zero Kilometer Point, the National Center, the offices of the coordinating ministries, and the Presidential Palace.

Meanwhile, Umar reviewed the design of the Grand Mosque that is planned to be built on a 15-hectare plot of area in IKN as well as the designs of other worship places in the future city.

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Translator: Genta Mawangi, Uyu Liman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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