Jombang. Amid varied conflicts in the Muslim world and among religions, the thoughts of Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gusdur, on pluralism remain fundamental. Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated this in the 6th haul (death anniversary) of Gusdur, the Indonesian 4th president, held at the Tebu Ireng Islamic Boarding School in Jombang, East Java province, today.
Indonesian people, he continued, will remain living in harmony if they respect one another, whatever their religions are, as what is stated in many of Gusdur’s messages.
“We need to preserve and embrace such moderate thinking,” said Mr Kalla.
He then appreciated Gusdur and his family’s contribution to the country.
“It is exceptional that in one lineage, three persons of three different generations are respected by all the people. They are Gusdur, his father KH Wahid Hasyim, and his grandfather Hasyim Asyhari, the founder of the biggest Muslim organization in Indonesia, Nahdhatul Ulama.