The Indonesian Ulema Council has rejected the government plan to certify preachers. (Photo: mui.or.id)
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has rejected the Religious Affairs Ministry’s certified program for thousands of Muslim preachers scheduled to launch by the end of this month to boost their capacity by improving their national insights.The ministry will initially target 8,200 Muslim preachers to participate in the non-binding program. Each participant will will receive a certificate and the MUI and government institutions including the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) and the National Counterterrorism Agency will also be involved
In a statement received by UCA News on Sept. 9, the MUI said the program “has sparked noise, misunderstanding and anxiety over the government’s intervention in religious affairs, will put Muslims in a difficult situation and has the potential to be used by certain parties as a tool to control religious life.”“Therefore, the MUI rejects the planned program,” the council said.The MUI also said in its statement, signed by secretary-general Anwar Abbas and deputy chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi, that they could understand the importance of improving competence among Muslim preachers.