Muslims Escort Sympathetically Couple to Their Wedding at Jakarta Cathedral

Some participants from the 112 Action provide protection with their umbrellas to a bride and groom from the rain on the way to the Jakarta Cathedral.


Jakarta, 13 Jumadil Awwal 1438/11 February 2017 (MINA) – Inter-religious tolerance shown by Muslim worshipers who attended Tausyiah or religious messages and National Dhikr  or  chanting Lailaha illah meaning there is no God but Allah at Grand Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Saturday (11/2).

Some people took the initiative to give way, to guard and protect with umbrellas to a couple who was getting married in the Jakarta Cathedral to penetrate the crowd that thronged the roads in the area around the Banteng Square.

As monitored by MINA, in the middle of dense crowd, from the Banteng Square, a bride and groom along with some of their  entourage was seen walking towards the Cathedral which is located opposite to the Grand Istiqlal Mosque, where the masses were attending the religious event.

Because the condition of the road in front of the Cathedral has been overrun by the mass, wedding escort vehicles could only reach the Banteng Square. They were finally walking up to the Cathedral. Seeing the bride and groom and his entourage, some participants of 112 mass action initiated to give way and escorted the entourage to penetrate the crowd.

The escorting received a positive response from the bride and her entourage. The groom is seen wearing a gray jacket was thanked mass escorting them, with a grateful smile.

Not only to give way for the bride and groom,  some youths from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) also covered the couple with their umbrellas to the front door of the Cathedral.

“Come on let’s give them the way, we should show that Muslims uphold tolerance,” said one of FPI members who was protecting them with an umbrella from the rain.

Up in the churchyard, the mob then back to the road. the bride and her entourage went directly into the church to hold a wedding ritual.


The rain did not dampen their spirit

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from various regions in Indonesia packed the largest mosque in the Southeast Asia region so the the participants overflowed into the area under the West Irian Liberation Monument (now Papua) in Banteng Square.

The rain which flushed Jakarta since 03.00 the morning did not dampen their spirit to follow a series of events that initiated by the Muslim Forum (FUI), although they must be willing to be outdoors.

Present in the religious event were Islamic leaders and scholars such as the FPI Grand  Imam Habib Rizieq Shihab, Amien Rais, Hatta Rajasa, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Hidayat Nur Wahid, Istiqlal Mosque Grand Imam DR. KH Nasaruddin Umar, KH Didin Hafidhuddin, Ustazdz Arifin Ilham, (PAN), two pairs of candidates for governor and vice governor of Jakarta (Anies Baswedan- Uno Uno) and Agus Bambang Yudhoyono Harimurti-Sylviana and religious singer Opick. (T/RE01/RS05)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)