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Religious moderation is vital for its democracy, says ambassador

Religious moderation in Indonesia is the basis for advancing Indonesian democracy, said Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Achmad Ubaedillah at the Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Indonesian Embassy Hall in Jalan Kebangsaan.

The celebration, which also coincided with Indonesia’s Santri Day and Heroes’ Day which falls on November 12, saw the attendance of some 200 Indonesian nationals.

The event was organised by the Special Branch Board of the Nahdlatul Ulama (PCINU) Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy.

Dr Achmad Ubaedillah also delivered a religious lecture and prayed for the Palestinians.

“Indonesia stands firmly with the Palestinian people and condemns Israel’s colonisation of Palestinian land,” said Ubaedillah.

The ambassador also reminded all Muslims to maintain their Islamic commitment and a sense of nationalism to avoid dispute and division. “The social cohesion that occurs in Indonesia cannot be separated from the role of the largest Islamic organisations in Indonesia, especially Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah,” he said.

At the event, PCINU Brunei Darussalam distributed membership cards to members by its chairman KH Ahmad Dhofir. The membership can be used for transaction payments and sharia savings for hajj and umrah. – Lyna Mohamad

ABOVE & BELOW: Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Achmad Ubaedillah during the celebration; and the presentation of the PCINU membership cards to its members. PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY
PHOTO: INDONESIAN EMBASSY

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