Rizieq Calls for Reconciliation, or its Revolution

Monday, 19 June 2017 , 17:00:00 WIB - Politics

Habib Rizieq Syihab (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Syihab has invited the government to seek reconciliation, or islah. In a recorded message sent from Saudi Arabia, Habib called for a reconciliation between the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council's Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) and the government.

Habib said the idea came from law expert Yusril Ihza Mahendra. "It is a brilliant idea. Long before the Defending Islam Demonstrations 1, 2 and 3, GNPF MUI has called or the government to sit down on one table to conduct a dialogue on issues surrounding the nation," Rizieq said.

Rizueq claims that he has proposed the idea to the Jokowi-JK administration, but was turned down on grounds he does not know yet.

Rizieq has asked Yusril and colleagues to prepare the right format for a future reconciliation in order to end the rows.

"For me, from the holy land, as an founder of GNPF MUI, I prefer to prioritize dialogues and reconciliation," he said.

He hopes the government accepts the invitation this time.
However, Rizieq threatens that if the government continues to turn down the invitation, he will create a revolution.
According to him, ulemas continue to be discriminated, stripped off from their freedom and human rights, and poverty-stricken people are increasingly burdened. Islam, he continued to say, is still marginalized and Moslems must fight to change the situation.

"So, the choice is in the government’s hand, either reconsolidate or its revolution," he said.

Meanwhile, National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Commissioner for Education and Dissemination Programs, Muhammad Nurkhoiron, questions Habib’s claim on criminalization against ulemas.

According to him, Rizieqs case does not reflect criminalization on ulemas. "It may be criminalization against Rizieq, but not criminalization against ulemas. Many ulemas have a contradictory view with Rizieq," he said.

Komnas HAM, he says, is investigating reports into alleged criminalization against Islam activists and public figures, such as Rizieq Shihab and Al Khaththath. The report will be completed in July. (dtc)