TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The biggest problem currently facing the Muslim community according to Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla is economy.
“Economy is the only issue that the Muslim community lacks,” said the vice president today during his lecture at the Al Azhar mosque in South Jakarta.
Jusuf Kalla said that if Indonesia’s richest people are distinguished by their religion, there is arguably 10 Muslims out the 100 wealthiest. Therefore, he urged Muslims to support each other to improve that possible statistic.
Furthermore, he said that one of the ways to improve the community’s economy is through trade since trading is one of the Prophet’s sunnah (teachings) that has proven to drive society’s economy.
Jusuf Kalla gave a public lecture at Al Azhar in celebration of the 66th anniversary of the Islamic Pesantren Foundation (YPI) Al Azhar. The event was also attended by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Chairman Zulkifli Hasan.
Apart from economic matters, Jusuf Kalla also acknowledged the current situation of Islam as a religion that has shown signs of improvement.
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