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Tue, 11/27/2018 - 07:28
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MUI-Jakarta Chapter Lets Muslims Join 212 Reunion Rally

JAKARTA, Nov 27 (Antara) - The Indonesian Council of Ulemas (MUI)-Jakarta Chapter has let Muslims across the country join the 212 reunion rally, due to be held at the National Monument (Monas) Square area in Central Jakarta on Sunday (Dec 2). "You are all welcomed because the purpose of 212 reunion rally is for strengthening 'silaturrahim' (communal togetherness) among Muslims," Chairman of MUI-Jakarta Chapter K.H.Munahar Mukhtar told jornalists here on Monday. The event should be used for cementing the communal togetherness as taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, any act of violence and anarchy is absolutely not allowed, Mukhtar said. "Muslim community members are welcomed to come to the Monas Square. We gather to strengthen our unity but, please do not do an act of anarchy," he said, adding that he could not join the reunion rally because he happened to be in Saudi Arabia on Dec 2. Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has hinted that he would attempt to join the 212 reunion rally. "Like last year, I came to the reunion rally though I am not the alumnus of 212 rally. Insya Allah (with almighty God's willing), I will come," he told journalists when asked about whether or not he would be present at the event. The 212 rally was held by the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Councils Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) on Dec 2, 2016 for demanding the prosecution of then Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) after he was accused of insulting Islam. The 212 rally was joined by around seven million Indonesian Muslims coming from greater Jakarta areas and many other cities, towns, and districts across the country. The rally, which ran peacefully, was also attended by many Indonesians living abroad.