A visiting cleric from Yemen worries about the state of the Indonesian Muslim clerisy, and Abu Bakar Bashir.
The head of a delegation of eleven Muslim clerics from the region of Hadramaut in Yemen, from whence many of those of Arab descent in Indonesia hail from, Habib Umar bin Hafiz bin Sheikh Abu Bakar, said during a meeting with hundreds of his Indonesian counterparts at the Lirboyo Islamic school in Kediri, East Java, that Indonesian religious figures were too much involved in partisan politics and that they should pay attention to the needs of the faithful without regard to the latter's political preferences.
The elder statesman of the Hadhramis wiki, who appears to be a well-known Sufi scholar, reminded Indonesian Muslim leaders to focus on their role as givers of guidance and spreaders of love and goodwill to all sections of the Islamic community. Clerics could become involved in politics to a degree, he said, but should not cleave to the current rulers but rather should act as a bridge between the people and the government.
Another Habib, Riziq, from the Islam Defenders' Front.
He also said he was worried about the prevalence of radical or extreme teachings among some leaders. Even though some Indonesian clerics had studied Islam in Hadramaut they still could not manage to uphold a peaceful application of Islamic teaching in Indonesia. In a likely reference to the Yemeni descended Abu Bakar Bashir, Habib Umar, or Omar, said:
It doesn't matter which country, Islamic teachings are the same. If you want to spread Islam do it in a peaceful and brotherly way. We very much regret that there are clerics in Indonesia who have Hadramaut ancestry but who don't understand our way of teaching Islam.
(Sebenarnya dari negara manapun ajaran Islam itu tetap sama. Kalau hendak berdakwah, sampaikan dengan cara yang damai dan penuh persaudaraan. Kami sangat menyayangkan ada beberapa tokoh Islam di Indonesia yang memiliki keturunan Hadramaut tetapi tidak pernah memahami cara-cara berdakwah seperti kami.)
He said Islam knew no violence or intimidation in its determination of what was good or bad, what was forbidden and what was acceptable, as well as in the conveying of advice and teaching to the faithful by leaders, that is, in the application of Islamic law generally. In this, he said, Hadramaut leaders followed the example of Muhammad.
Speaking of Palestine, specifically the digging work going on presently near the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, he advised against a reactionary approach from Muslims, a peaceful solution should be sought in accordance with Islamic law. From the Quran it was shown that the Jews were just like that, perhaps meaning stubborn, and people shouldn't be surprised if in fact they acted this way now.
Another Abu Bakar, Bashir.