Indonesian clerics prohibit members from attacking Jakarta's entertainment venues
"Prophet Mohammad when he established the state of Madinah ... not for establishing an Islamic state or an Arab state but a civilized state”
July 18, 2010
NU prohibits members from conducting sweeps on Indonesian entertainment venues
The Jakarta Globe,Indonesia
The chief of Nahdlatul Ulama organization, or NU, has called on its members not to conduct sweepings on entertainment venues throughout Indonesia ahead of the Islamic fasting month.
“To keep the situation conducive during the fasting month NU members are called upon not to conduct violence or take the law into their own hands because sweeps or order operations on entertainment venues can only be carried out by the police or other law enforcement agencies,” NU’s general chairman Said Aqil Siradj said at the commemoration of the 87th anniversary of NU on Saturday.
“NU is an organization that is based on four pillars, namely the unitary state of Indonesia, the 1945 Constitution, the Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) principles and Pancasila (the five-principle state ideology),” he said.
“If law enforcement agencies are weak we must encourage and support them,” he said.
He said NU members must follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammad when he established the state of Madinah. “The concept he used is not for establishing an Islamic state or an Arab state but a civilized state,” he said.
He said people could understand the concept by emulating his respect for other religions and promoting equality and consistency in enforcing the law against Muslims or non-Muslims.
“If we insist on conducting sweeps it means we are building a state within a state because we make our own rules,” he said.
In view of that he called on all people in the country to participate actively in realizing the four pillars and avoiding violence which has often occured in various parts in the country.
“Right now violence often happens during local elections and distribution of cash handouts to the poor. Some have even died during distribution of alms. This is very concerning and should never happen again,” he said.