Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat, center, asks permission from Gus Sholah, left, to name a new Jakarta mosque after Hasyim Asy'arie, on Wednesday (22/03). (Beritasatu.com Photo/Lenny Tristia Tambun)

Ahok to Name New Jakarta Mosque After NU Founder Hasyim Asy'ari


MARCH 23, 2017

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration will name a new mosque after the founder of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Hasyim Asy'ari, with a permission from the late religious leader's grandson received on Wednesday (22/03).

The mosque, set to be unveiled by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo next month, will become the first mosque in the city to be owned and operated directly by the administration.

Since earlier this month, Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has planned to name the mosque in West Jakarta after Hasyim, whose organization currently boasts 60 million followers nationwide.

In a show of respect to the late religious leader, Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat visited Hasyim's grandson, Salahuddin Wahid, at his home in South Jakarta on Wednesday to ask permission on behalf of the city to name the mosque.

"We've asked for permission and prayers to name the new mosque after Hasyim Asy'ari," Djarot said after a 40-minute closed-door meeting with Salahuddin, who is commonly known as Gus Sholah.

"He gave us the permission to use his grandfather's name for the mosque," Djarot said.

Sholah, the younger brother of former President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) and current caretaker of Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School in Jombang, East Java, said his family did not only give permission to name the mosque after Hasyim but also appreciated what he called a "tradition that should be upheld."

"It's a form of respect. And it's proper," Sholah said.

Ahok inaugurated construction of the new mosque, which is situated on 17.8-hectares of land in West Jakarta, in June 2013.

The mosque, which cost the city Rp 170 billion ($12.8 million), will be able to welcome 16,000 people at once.

The new mosque is also expected to complement other grand mosques in the capital of the world's largest Muslim-majority country, such as the Istiqlal Mosque and Sunda Kelapa Mosque in the city center.