Battle of Badr comparison "unwise": MUI chief

June 07, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia –Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Chairman Din Syamsuddin on Thursday (June 5th) criticised comments likening the 2014 presidential election to Islam's legendary Battle of Badr, local media reported.

"Personally, I do not agree with it. The Battle of Badr is a war between Muslims and polytheists, while those who are competing in the next election are all Muslims. So, it is unwise to liken the election to a Battle of Badr, and it is also unnecessary," Din said, according to Antara News.

Amien Rais, founder of the National Mandate Party (PAN), an Islamic party backing presidential contender Prabowo Subianto, recently evoked the spirit of the Battle of Badr in the presidential race.

"The Prabowo-Hatta pair is Muslim. The second pair, Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla, is also Muslim," Viva news quoted Din saying of the two presidential tickets.

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