Abdurrahman Wahid Quotes

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His Excellency
K. H.

Abdurrahman Wahid
4th President of Indonesia
In office
20 October 1999 â€“ 23 July 2001
Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri
Preceded by Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
Succeeded by Megawati Sukarnoputri
Personal details
Born Abdurrahman Addakhil
(1940-09-07)7 September 1940
Jombang, East Java, Dutch East Indies
Died 30 December 2009(2009-12-30) (aged 69)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Resting place Jombang, East Java, Indonesia
Political party National Awakening Party
Spouse(s) Sinta Nuriyah
Children 4
Alma mater Karachi Grammar School[1]
Al-Azhar University (Islamic studies 1967)
University of Baghdad
Profession Religious Leader (Kyai), Politician
Religion Sunni Islam
Website www.gusdur.net

I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it.
Abdurrahman Wahid
If we cling to the institution of Islam, then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it, so because of this we see now that many people are defending states, defending territories, defending everything institutional in the belief that they defend Islam.
Abdurrahman Wahid
Well, the most important thing about Islam is that we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam. The first one is the institution of Islam… second, the culture of Islam.
Abdurrahman Wahid
All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion.
Abdurrahman Wahid
I do not like violence.
I am a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
I don't talk in ifs.