Gus Dur Died on the 30 December 2009

Former President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur’s died. Currently Gus Dur’s body was still in the RSCM. Abdurrahman ad-Dakhil Wahid (September 7, 1940 – December 30, 2009), colloquially known as About this sound Gus Dur , was an Indonesian Muslim religious and political leader who served as the President of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001. He was the first elected president of Indonesia after the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. He died on the 30th of December.

His religious views:

All religions insist on peace. From this we might think that the religious struggle for peace is simple … but it is not. The deep problem is that people use religion wrongly in pursuit of victory and triumph. This sad fact then leads to conflict with people who have different beliefs.

In a 2002 interview with Foreign Correspondent, Wahid explained his respect for Israel and posed a challenging “correction” to be addressed by his fellow Muslims:

Israel believes in God. While we have a diplomatic relationship and recognising diplomatically China and Russia, which are atheist states, then it’s strange that we don’t acknowledge Israel. This is the thing that we have to correct within Islam.

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