IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – RIYADH – Chairperson of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, or the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Ash-Sheikh supported the idea of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) to form the World Syuro Assembly Forum.
The idea of the MPR is to answer the importance of increasing relations between countries, particularly Muslim countries in the world, in combating radicalism and extremism and maintaining world peace.
RI MPR Chairman Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) also hopes that the Saudi Arabian government will again increase the hajj quota for Indonesian pilgrims, from 231 thousand in 2019 to at least more than 250 thousand in the coming year. With the current availability of quotas, the waiting period for pilgrims who want to perform the pilgrimage can reach 20 years or more.
Considering the enthusiasm and the number of Indonesian Muslims who want to perform the hajj pilgrimage, the addition of the hajj quota for the 263 million people in Indonesia today is very important.
“Global Religious Futures predicts that by 2050 Indonesia’s Muslim population will reach 256.82 million out of 263 million people, or around 86.39 percent. Also, Indonesia’s economic growth will reach an average of 5 percent more than the world economic growth. “which in turn made it easier for them to perform the Hajj,” Bamsoet said when meeting the Chair of the Saudi Shura Ash Council (Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia), Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Ash-Sheikh, at the Parliamentary Office of Saudi Arabia, Sunday, December 22, 2019 Saudi Arabia time.
Attending the honorary visit were MPR Deputy Chair Hidayat Nur Wahid, Ahmad Muzani, Asrul Sani, Jazilul Fawaid, Fadel Muhammad, Nusron Wahid, Darul Siska, Idris Laena and Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel.
The former Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives and the Former Chairman of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives added, as the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia has also become an example of how to manage the diversity of tribes, religions, ethnicities, and groups properly. So that it can be a role model for other countries, that between religion and civilization and between one religion and another, is not a reason to be a source of conflict.
“This is inseparable from the existence of the two largest Islamic mass organizations in Indonesia and even the world, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, which always spread tawasuth (moderate), tawazun (balanced), and tasamuh (tolerant) Islam. When Islam was cornered in various countries because “radicalism and extremism, this is not the case in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, Islam is actually a source of peace. This could be an additional consideration for Saudi Arabia to increase the number of pilgrims quota for Indonesian pilgrims,” said Bamsoet.
This expert member of the Kahmi National Leadership Council also stressed the importance of the world’s largest Muslim population countries, such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, promoting and being a role model in strengthening ukhuwah islamiyah (Islamic brotherhood), ukhuwah insaniyah (brotherhood of fellow human beings), and ukhuwah wathaniyah (brotherhood to maintain harmony between religions).
Considering religion, especially Islam which always teaches love, should not be used as an excuse for conflict, let alone war. “On the basis of ukhuwah, the Indonesian people through their representatives in Parliament support the independence of Palestine from prolonged conflict with Israel, condemn Chinese actions against Muslims in the Uighur, and condemn Myanmar’s actions against the Rohing ethnicity. It is not intended to interfere with the affairs and sovereignty of other countries, but merely to freeing humanity from suffering, and bringing peace to the earth, “Bamsoet said.
Therefore, this former journalist invites the Parliament of Saudi Arabia to strengthen cooperation and join hands with the Indonesian Parliament, particularly in the parliamentary organizations of Islamic cooperation organizations (OIC) / The Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) and the International Syuro Assembly Forum which will be formed later, as well as in various other world organizations, to always promote world peace. The spirit of peace is also in line with the spirit of Islam as Rahmatan Lil Alamin.
“The Parliament of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia must join hands and become the locomotive of the world parliament, in guarding the growing potential of radicalism and extremism in the name of Islamic teachings. So that Islam is not tarnished. Islam is a source of world peace, not a source of conflict,” concluded Bamsoet.(dan)