President to Write Guidelines to Convert Radical Muslims

As part of efforts to halt the spread of radical Islam, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has promised to write guidelines for religious leaders to convert Muslims back to the true path, the Indonesian Islamic Propagation Council (DDII) says.

“He [President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] will write guidelines for preachers working to convert people,” council chief Syuhada Bahri said after a meeting with the president on Thursday.

“The guidelines will be handed to us to explore and to deliver them to our preachers in all Indonesian regions.

“The council and the president agreed that if we understood Islam correctly, then there wouldn’t be any violations or religious problems. A misunderstanding of Islam has tainted the religion.”

Presidential spokesman Julian Pasha on Thursday said the president fully supported the efforts of the council, but that they should be conducted according to true Islamic teachings. Read more

Categories: Indonesia

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  1. Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry has also released a new translation of the Holy Quran in an effort to reduce Islamic radicalism. The ministry said “It is a joint product; between the state and the Indonesian people. He also said ” the previous Holy Quran translation has the potential to breed radicalism. That is because the Indonesian vocabulary is very limited”. For example, he said: “In Indonesian, there is only one word for ‘love’. Yet, the Holy Quran has 14 different words for varying degrees of love”.

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