Keeping the Fire of Tolerance
Six Islamic teachers fight to nurture tolerance and equality. They preach from village to village, guiding their communities. They have been rejected and threatened, some have even been driven away, their schools attacked. But they refuse to give up and have consistently promoting interfaith harmony and equity. illustration: tempo/kendra paramita
ON the second day of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) in 2012, students at the Assalafiyah Mlangi pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Sleman, Yogyakarta, transformed their appearance. Some appeared as ulema, while others dressed as a Christian priests and a Jewish rabbi. On the yard of the Patok Negoro Mlangi Mosque, students under the guidance of Irwan Masduqi participated in a theater competition organized by the area’s youth group.