Saturday, 20 Safar 1441 / 19 October 2019

Saturday, 20 Safar 1441 / 19 October 2019

Kiai Ma’ruf does not dare to ask blessing from Arifin Ilham

Jumat 07 Sep 2018 17:18 WIB

Rep: Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Ustadz Muhammad Arifin Ilham.

Ustadz Muhammad Arifin Ilham.

Foto: Dok Azzikra
Kiai Ma'ruf Amin asks for blessing from members of Az-Zikra mosque's congregation.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Vice presidential candidate of presidential candidate President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), KH Ma’ruf Amin officially asked for blessing and support from members of Az-Zikra mosque's congregation. He conveyed his wish during a preach on Friday prayer (Sept 7).

“Incidentally I give preach here and I'm also a member of Az Zikra Sharia Council and ulema,” said Kiai Ma’ruf.

When being asked whether he would invite founder of Majlis Az-Zikra KH Arifin Ilham to be a part of his campaign team, Kiai Ma’ruf admitted that he did not dare to do it. He stressed that only hopes for prayer and blessing.

“I didn’t dare to invite (ustaz Arifin Ilham), but I hope for his blessing and prayer, but if possible his support,” Ma’ruf added.

Ustaz Arifin commented on Ma’ruf statement related to the support. He asserted, that during his talk with Kiai Ma’ruf, they did not talk much about politics.

“We didn’t talk about politics more, but polygamy,” Arifin joked.

Earlier, Kiai Ma’ruf has asked for support from the second largest Islamic mass organizations, Muhammadiyah in 2019 presidential election. Kiai Ma'ruf who is also Nahdlatul Ulama supreme leader asked Muhammadiyah officials to pray for him.

Chairman of Muhammadiah Haedar Nasir said he gave his blessing to Kiai Ma'ruf to run in the next year's election as Jokowi's running mate. He believed Kiai Ma'ruf has the same spirit with him in building the country.

However, Haedar asserted that Muhammadiyah would not turn into practical politics. Muhammadiyah would stick to its founding principles (khittah).

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