Jakarta, wapresri.go.id – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin received the Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) Salim Segaf Al-Jufri at the Vice President’s Office, Jl. Merdeka Utara No. 15, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (20/09/2022).

Starting the meeting, the Vice President congratulated Salim Segaf Al-Jufri on his appointment as the Chair of IUMS. Moreover, he also gave directions and thoughts as guidance in leading the IUMS.

Furthermore, the Vice President appreciated the existence of IUMS which became a meeting point for the world Muslim scholars. He stated that even though the scholars come from different countries and organizations, they could unite on fundamental issues such as world peace.

“I hope that different organizations have the same thoughts, especially in the context of developing moderate (wasathiyah) Islam. Therefore, the formulation of humanity, peace, and ukhuwah (brotherhood) will not become a problem or lead to inequality,” said the Vice President.

On this occasion, the vice president also hoped that as the chair of the organization included members from 88 countries, Salim Segaf could be a bridge between the different opinions and perspectives of all members.

“Indeed, the differences should be bridging. Therefore, even though physically they come from different countries and organizations, they will unite in thinking,” said the vice president.

Moreover, according to the Vice President, currently, a country could not stand alone, it needed cooperation and collaboration to rise and move forward to face various challenges.

“Now each country must collaborate, including in the Indonesian G20 Presidency to move forward together and rise together, especially for fellow Muslims, ukhuwah is a must, even though there are differences, but they should not be a barrier,” he urged.

Furthermore, the Vice President assessed that the Indonesian nation could be an example of how scholars from different organizations could work together within the framework of religious harmony.

“We are lucky to have the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) that has implemented how the different organizations within MUI can work together. It is incredible that MUI can accommodate the various scholars from various organizations,” he said.

In line with the Vice President, Salim Segaf said that one of the challenges faced in running IUMS was how to play a role in reconciling disputes, as Indonesia was known for its ability to unite differences.

“This clerical union has the task of reconciling those who are in conflict. It is not easy, but husnudzon (good prejudice) Indonesia is a polite and gentle country. There will be no bloodshed,” he said.

Present to accompany the Chair of IUMS, the member of IUMS M. Syauqi H. Abdul Aziz and Razikun.

Meanwhile, the Vice President was accompanied by the Head of the Vice Presidential Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Human Development Policy Support and Development Equity Suprayoga Hadi, Special Staff of the Vice President Masduki Baidlowi and Masykuri Abdillah. (EP/LHS-BPMI Setwapres)