Santri Day Commemoration, Pray for Nation and Ulama

Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas (photo: Humas Kemenag RI)

Jakarta, MINA – In the commemoration of Santri Day 2022, Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas invites santri (students of Islamic Boarding School) and the public to continue praying for the nation’s heroes, including kiai and ulama, who have been martyred in fighting for independence and the benefit of Indonesia.

“Pray for the nation and the ulama, maintain human dignity,” said Yaqut as the inspector of the Santri Day Commemoration Ceremony in the courtyard of the Ministry of Religion head office in Jakarta on Saturday.

As quoted from the official website of the Indonesian Ministry of Religion, different from usual, Yaqut and all the ceremony participants wore a sarong combined with a black cap.

The commemoration of the 2022 Santri Day has the theme “Empowering to Maintain Human Dignity”. Minister of Religion said this theme gave a message that historically santri have always been actively involved in every phase of Indonesia’s journey.

President Joko Widodo has pointed October 22 as Santri Day at the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta on October 15, 2015.

As quoted from detikNews, Santri Day began with the fatwa ‘The Resolution of Jihad’ delivered by KH Hasyim Asy’ari. On October 22, 1945, KH Hasyim Asy’ari led the formulation of the ‘Jihad Resolution’ fatwa among the kiai of the pesantren.

The fatwa contains the obligation to carry out jihad to defend the independence of the Republic of Indonesia by fighting against the colonial forces that are still in the country.

This struggle involved scholars and students. (T/RE1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)