Dealing with enemies on the left and the right keeps Nahdlatul Ulama leaders busy talking.
Mudjib Khudlori from the Ikhwanul Muballighin (IM), a Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) affiliated group that in the past had close ties politically with the Development Party (Partai Persatuan Pembangunan, PPP), said recently that he hoped president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) would not choose a Wahabi figure as his running mate for the upcoming presidential elections:
We support SBY, he's done a good job.....We'll support whoever he chooses as his running mate, so long as it's not a Wahabi.
Hidayat Nur Wahid
One of the so-called Wahabists that Mudjib Khudlori is likely referring to, Hidayat Nur Wahid of the Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera, PKS) has felt it necessary to defend himself against accusations that he can be considered an exponent of the extreme Saudi Arabian brand of Islam. Hidayat said there was a dirty campaign being waged against him, primarily via sms, to paint him as a fanatic and anti-Indonesian, and thereby dissuade SBY from choosing him: republika
Wahabis believe that political parties are haram, yet I helped found a political party [the PKS], so how could I be Wahabi? I state firmly here that neither I nor the PKS is Wahabi.
Hidayat Nurwahid is the most senior figure from the PKS, the PKS being president Yudhoyono's closest and numerically strongest coalition partner.
Mudjib Khudlori's senior, the leader of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Hasyim Muzadi, meanwhile looks at the presidential election from a different perspective. He said recently that NU members were free to choose whom they pleased, provided the candidate had a proven track record of struggling in the interests of Islam, and of fighting against deviant thought within the religion, such as the Liberal Islam Network, Jaringan Islam Liberal (JIL).
The government had to be prepared to deal with heretical groups such as JIL, he said, or the process of secularisation going on in the country now would only get worse. JIL and other heretical sects flourished in the country because the government was not prepared to destroy them, root and branch, he said.
Not only the faith of ordinary Muslims was in danger of being contaminated by liberalism, heresy, and orientalism, he said, but also that of clerics and religious leaders, to the point where their understanding of Islam would become worse than that of a kafir. republika
It is the job of government to get rid of them. What have they done so far? With this in mind the NU directs its members to choose a president who will join in the war against deviant ideas.