Indonesian Muslims must learn from Tengku Zulkarnain’s work: Amin

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has urged Indonesian Muslims to learn from the good deeds of well-respected Muslim preacher Tengku Zulkarnain, who passed away on Monday while being treated for COVID-19.

“Let us continue his good deeds. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala accept all of his good deeds, forgive his all sins, and grant him the highest place,” he remarked here on Tuesday.

While expressing his condolences over the passing of the outspoken ulema, Amin described him as a good man and a dedicated preacher of Islam.

“He was a good man who was firm in serving the mission of ‘amar ma’ruf nahi munkar’ (prescribing what is right and prohibiting what is wrong),” he said.

Born in Medan, North Sumatra, on August 14, 1963, Tengku Zulkarnain obtained his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Sumatera Utara (USU).

He passed away on May 10, 2021 after getting hospitalized with COVID-19 at the Tabrani Hospital in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.

Zulkarnain served as the deputy secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) from 2015 to 2020.

This year, Indonesia has lost several noted ulemas and Muslim preachers amid the ongoing pandemic.

On January 14, 2021, Indonesian Muslim communities across the archipelago were saddened by the passing of charismatic ulema Syekh Ali Jaber.

Syekh Ali Jaber’s passing at Jakarta’s Yarsi Hospital at 8:30 a.m. on January 14, 2021 was officially announced by Syekh Ali Jaber Foundation chairman Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi on the foundation’s Instagram account.

According to Alhabsyi, Syekh Ali Jaber had tested negative for COVID-19 prior to his death. He had been hospitalized since December 29, 2020.

Indonesia has been striving to stem COVID-19 transmission since March last year.

To contain the spread of the lethal virus, the government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year.

The Health Ministry is seeking to vaccinate 181.5 million people under the national program, which is expected to take 15 months.

The time-frame for conducting the vaccination has been set from January, 2021 to March, 2022.

During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate about 181.5 million people, comprising 1.3 million paramedics and 17.4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces.

Even amid vaccine rollouts, Indonesia has been reeling under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled nations across the globe.

The nation’s public health and economy have been dealt a major blow by the crisis, with some sectors, including travel and tourism, battered badly by the pandemic. (INE)


Source:  Antara News

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