JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin called on members of Muhammadiyah, one of the biggest Muslim groups in the country, to be a driving force for national unity.
“I urge the Muhammadiyah family to work together to be the driving force for national unity to achieve an advanced, independent, just, and prosperous Indonesia,” said Ma’ruf in his message during the organization’s 108th anniversary virtual event on Wednesday, November 18.
As one of the religious organizations in the country, Muhammadiyah has shown its great work in various sectors in social, economic, education, and health for the benefit of the people, he said.
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“Under its slogan a progressive life, it is hoped that the organization will further contribute to the national development, especially to promote progress, innovation toward an advanced Indonesia that we aspire to.”
Ma’ruf hoped this year’s anniversary will bring Muhammadiyah to continue making progress based on the principle of Islam as rahmatan lil’alamin, or blessing for all in the world.
Muhammadiyah is also expected to continue to instill the spirit of ukhuwah (brotherhood), enhance moderation, maintain diversity, and build the people and the nation, he added.
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Amid the challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic, Muhammadiyah can play its role to contain the spread of the virus and other related problems in Indonesia.
“In dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts, I hope that Muhammadiyah can continue to play its active role in overcoming the problems that our beloved country is facing,” the vice president said.