TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice presidential hopeful number 01 Ma'ruf Amin said caliphate was not the only form of an Islamic state. “State systems such as kingdom, emirate, or even republic can be an Islamic state,” said Ma’ruf Amin during his sermon at the Central Board (DPP) office of the United Development Party (PPP), Sunday, January 6.
Ma'ruf took examples of nations that did not adopt the caliphate system, such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan with their royal system, Uni Emirates Arab including Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar that implement the emirate system, as well as the republic system, “Indonesia, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Turkey, and others.”
Ma’ruf said the caliphate system was rejected in Indonesia despite its Islamic nature, as it violated the country’s mutual agreement. He added this did not apply to the caliphate system alone, but also other systems.
Maruf explained the formation of the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia, otherwise known as NKRI, resulted from an agreement that had long been secured to ensure its existence as a republic. He jested that if Indonesia became a caliphate, it would no longer be NKRI, but rather NAKHOI (the Caliphate State of Indonesia).
Ma’ruf also called on the people to safeguard NKRI and keep fighting for Islam, and that there were opportunities to do so in Indonesia.
Indonesia has implemented multiple Islamic regulations, such as Law on Waqf, Hajj, Sharia Banking, and State Sharia Securities. “Our endeavors must be within the frame of NKRI,” said the former chairman of the executive board (Rais Aam) of the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nadhlatul Ulama.
The non-active chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) did not want Indonesia to break apart like Afghanistan. “Save this nation to remain solid. Don’t let us share the same fate as countries in the Middle East, like Afghanistan,” Ma’ruf said.
Ma’ruf Amin said despite its citizens being all Muslims and its status as an oil-rich country, Afghanistan remained a poor country due to lingering conflicts and fanaticism that kept its people from being united.