31 Disember, 2009

Gus Dur's Legacy


I would like to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Abdurrahman ad-Dakhil Wahid to his wife Sinta Nuriyah and his four daughters, as well as to the people of Indonesia.

Gus Dur’s impact on shaping Indonesia cannot be understated. Both statesman and scholar, he strove to bring about change and reform that embodied Islamic values.

He was a man who was ahead of his time and an adamant believer in the importance of tolerance and unity, and in the need to protect the weak, including minorities.

Gus Dur always pressed administrators to make processes simpler for the benefit of the people. From his leadership of the Nahdlatul Ulama to his founding of the Wahid Institute, his charitable work should also serve as an example for all to follow.

May his beliefs and values continue to thrive in others in his memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and may Allah bless his soul.