Bandung, MINA – Five scholars from West Java graduated from the “English for Ulama” program, namely Wifni Yusifa, Ridwan Subagya, Ihya Ulumudin, Safitra, and Hasan Al-Banna, who have set foot in England to preach.
The West Java Provincial Secretariat of Public Relations and Protocol in a press release received on Tuesday, November 5 stated that they officially began the task of preaching and telling the beauty of Indonesian Islam in five cities in England, namely London, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, and Birminghams.
It was stated that Indonesian Ambassador to Britain Rizal Sukma welcomed their arrival. The Ambassador stated that in addition to carrying out their duties, they will also get many lessons from the cultural diversity of European Continent.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Foreign Office (Africa) and for International Development, Andrew Stephenson MP welcomed them well.
He hoped the five ulamas from West Java could learn a lot about culture in Europe.
“Britain has a strong and diverse culture, in Pendle, one of the regions in the UK, a mosque manager has an extraordinary job in supporting the local community. Hopefully, the delegation of five West Java scholars can learn a lot here, “Andrew said.
Previously, West Java Governor M. Ridwan Kamil explained that the five scholars would later preach and discuss in a number of campuses and communities, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in Europe.
The governor, who is familiarly called Kang Emil, hopes that they can change the negative perception of the “Blue Continent” community towards Islam.
“They will tell about the friendliness of tolerant Indonesian Islam, especially in West Java. The hope is that the perceptions after the two-week visit will bring experience and understanding of Islam in Indonesia by Europe to be good,” he said. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)