The country’s top Muslim leaders have convened to raise awareness about the impacts of the climate crisis and to mobilize support from the country’s millions of Muslims.
The forum, called the Muslim Congress for a Sustainable Indonesia, began on Thursday at the Grand Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, the largest in the country, with a treatise on the leaders’ recommendations set to be issued on Friday.
The participants include representatives of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s top Muslim clerical body, as well as from Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, the nation’s two largest Muslim organizations.
Attendees also include scholars from Gadjah Mada University’s department of politics and governance, as well as from the Istiqlal Global Fund (IGF) – a philanthropic body run by the mosque.
“The purpose of this activity is to unite Muslims in a common forum, to seek and develop solutions to the climate crisis, both in mitigation and adaptation,” said Muhammad Ali Yusuf, a congress leader, in a press statement on Thursday.
While a number of Muslim groups had already established environmental initiatives, Ali said, many had failed to reach the wider community.
The congress’s treatise is to be read out on Friday before being ceremonially handed to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, a former MUI leader.
Aside from Ma’ruf, Friday’s treatise ceremony will include Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, NU chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf, Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and MUI secretary general Amirsyah Tambunan.