PSI Says Rizieq Shihab Not Ideal Figure for Millennial Generation

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  • Deputy House Speaker Fadli Zon and FPI leader Rizieq Shihab met in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Twitter

    Deputy House Speaker Fadli Zon and FPI leader Rizieq Shihab met in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Twitter

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) spokesman Guntur Romli said the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab was not an ideal ulema for the young generation. Thus, PSI was grateful the vice presidential candidate Ma’ruf Amin did not meet Rizieq when he was performing Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

    “For us, Rizieq Shihab is not an ideal ulema for the milennial generation because he is lack of politeness, tolerance, openmindedness and he does not acknowledge diversity, which are the key value for the millennial generation,” said Guntur in a written statement, Tuesday, August 28.

    Ketua Umum MUI Maruf Amin, didampingi Presiden Joko Widodo atau Jokowi dan Wakil Presiden M. Jusuf Kalla, memberikan sambutan dalam acara Dzikir dan Doa Bersama untuk Bangsa di halaman Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Rabu, 1 Agustus 2018. Jokowi dan Maruf akan mendaftar ke KPU sebagai calon presiden dan wakil presiden pada esok hari, Jumat, 10 Agustus 2018. TEMPO/Subekti

    According to Guntur, only Ma’ruf Amin and other ulemas who have broader knowledge are worth to be great exemplars among young generation. “[As long as those] who spread Islam in a kind way and Rahmatan Lil Alamin (a blessing to all natures),” he added.

    Earlier, Ma’ruf Amin said he would meet Rizieq while performing hajj in Mecca. However, during his time on August 15-27, the plan was not actualized.

    “We appreciate him [Ma’ruf Amin] for not meeting Rizieq Shihab, the FPI figure who is in the Holy Land thus far,” Guntur said.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI