President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has praised the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), for its commitment in supporting pluralism.
“I praise the NU’s consistency in upholding the four pillars of our society, namely Pancasila [five principles], the 1945 constitution, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [unity in diversity], and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” he told about 10,000 people attending the organization’s 85th anniversary celebrations in Jakarta yesterday.
The organization’s moderate stance is greatly appreciated and is needed to improve society, which often faces threats and challenge, the president said.
The organization will maintain its standards, Nahdlatul Ulama head, Said Agil Siradj, promised.
“We will keep promoting Islam as Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin [a blessing to the world], and will stay friendly and inclusive.”