TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the history of Islamic development in Indonesia had shown that Islam in the country tended to be moderate, and this situation was different from that of any other Islamic nations.
“Indonesia’s Islamic roots tend to be moderate because in its development it used trading as its approach as opposed to colonialism or wars,” said the vice president during the inauguration of the Tazakka Islamic boarding school (pondok pesantren) in Batang, Central Java, on Friday.
According to him, the transitional relationship in the trade industry at the time affected how the teachings were spread across the nation, which was why trade organizations became the fastest-growing mass organizations.
“Islam [in Indonesia] was grown under trade relations,” he said, before urging the public to cherish the history as it helped develop Indonesia’s Islamic education.
VP Jusuf Kalla said knowledge and religions were inseparable, given the present, fast-paced and dynamic technological developments.