Azyumardi Azra Considered A Consistent Muslim Scholar by the Ahmadiyya Congregation

Fachrur Rozie

19 Sep 2022, Jakarta The Indonesian Ahmadiyya Congregation (JAI) expressed its condolences for the death of the Chairman of the Press Council Azyumardi Azra. They feel a tremendous loss with the death of the professor.

“The entire extended family of the Ahmadiyya Congregation is deeply saddened by the death of Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra on Sunday, September 17, 2022,” said JAI Spokesperson Yendra Budiana, Monday (19/9/2022).

According to him, Azyumardi Azra is considered a very consistent Muslim scholar. Yendra said that Azyumardi had long fought for inclusiveness and equality for all groups, and strongly condemned acts of intolerance in Indonesia.

“One of the consistent attitudes of Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra was 17 years ago in 2005 when Ahmadiyah was attacked by intolerant groups. And at that time not many national figures acted. “I immediately asked MUI to review the Ahmadiyah heretical fatwa and strongly condemned the attack on the Ahmadiyah Headquarters in Parung Bogor in July 2005,” Yendra said.

He said that his consistent attitude towards Freedom of Religion and Belief (KBB) and Azyumardi Azra’s closeness to the Ahmadiyya Congregation were felt. Moreover, Azyumardi Azra often defends the Ahmadiyya Community.

“For example, the 2017 meeting at the Baitul Muslimin event. At that time, Prof. Azyumardi Azra asked the Ahmadiyah to write down his views on nationality, especially on Pancasila so that the Indonesian public would understand more about the Ahmadiyah Khilafah system,” Yendra said.

Requesting the SKB of Three Ministers to be Revoked

In addition, according to him, Azyumardi Azra also in 2019, when meeting at an American ambassador event, Azyumardi tried how to revoke the joint decree (SKB) of the three ministers regarding Ahmadiyah.

“Lastly, Prof. Azra in 2020 when the Minister of Religion was just appointed, asked the Minister of Religion and the government to affirm the rights of citizens of the Ahmadiyya and Shia groups who have always been marginalized. They are considered a group whose rights in public services are not accepted by the state. ,” he continued.

According to Yendra, the attitude shown by Azyumardi Azra makes his presence very important for Indonesia in the midst of various ethnicities, religions, cultures, and races.

“These attitudes illustrate that Prof. Azra is a Muslim scholar who is very important for Indonesia. Because he continues to fight for equality, equal rights, inclusiveness in religious, social and state life, especially for Indonesia which is multicultural, respects diversity and diversity,” he concluded. .

Buried Tuesday

The body of the Chairman of the Press Council, Azyumardi Azra, is planned to be buried on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. The schedule has changed after the body of the Professor of UIN Jakarta was said to have only arrived on Monday night, September 19, 2022.

“God willing, if there are no further changes, Monday (19/9/2022) night around 11 pm they have arrived in Indonesia, buried at home first. Tuesday (20/9/2022) morning prayers at UIN, release at new UIN We are still waiting from UIN whether to pray at the SC Mosque (Student Center) or in the auditorium,” said Azyumardi’s niece, Armia Putriana at Azyumardi’s funeral home in East Ciputat, South Tangerang, Banten, Sunday (18/9/2022). ).

As for the burial location of Azyumardi Azra, he said, it would remain at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery (TMP), Jakarta.

“Still, there is no change, stay in the Block Z Heroes Cemetery. The only change is time, please pray that there will be no more changes,” said Armia.

Armia said the news of the change was obtained from the Indonesian Embassy. What was originally the first flight became the last.

“So, after the recitation, there was information from the Indonesian Embassy that there was a change in the schedule from the first flight to the last flight, but for all funeral procedures there was no change,” he said.

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur said that Professor Azyumardi Azra passed away at the Serdang Hospital, Selangor, Malaysia. The cause is related to abnormalities in the heart.

“The Serdang Hospital has published the cause of death of the deceased, namely Acute Inferior Myocardial Infarction or there is an abnormality in the heart,” the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur wrote to reporters on Sunday.


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