Religious Leaders Contribute to Take Care of Community Harmony in Papua Head of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Jayapura City, Papua Province, Abdul Hafid Jusuf, said religious leaders had a great contribution in maintaining inter-religious harmony.

“Interpreting religious harmony by being tolerant and respectful of each other,” said Jusuf at the Jayapura Mayor’s Office, Tuesday (15/6/2021).

According to Jusuf, interfaith leaders who are members of the Religious Harmony Forum or FKUB become a communicator in a social life who always convey religious and state values.

“Giving each other freedom in social and humanitarian matters, but still in each other’s faith by not uniting and maintaining behaviour in society as a good role model,” said Jusuf.

Therefore, said Jusuf, the task of religious leaders is to steadily keep religion so that religion remains a factor knitting and establishing the dynamic religious harmony and national diversity, especially the people in the capital city of Papua Province.

“Providing the understanding and teaching religious values ‚Äč‚Äčthat are easy to understand so that people can practice them in order to create an environment that is tolerant and respectful of each other regardless of social status,” said Jusuf.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Jayapura, Rustan Saru, said that in social life it cannot be denied that there is a very wide diversity, ranging from race, ethnicity, cultural groups, and religious beliefs.

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“Humans must be able to live in a pluralistic society, because of pluralism is a reality of life itself,” said Rustan.

Rustan said, in this diversity, the role of religious leaders is very important to maintain the harmony of the people so that they are not split into parts. Moreover, Jayapura City has a motto as the City of Faith.

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