Lukman Hakim Saifuddin
Lukman Hakim Saifuddin
|22nd Minister of Religious Affairs of Indonesia|
|Assumed office |
9 June 2014
|President||Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono |
|Preceded by||Suryadharma Ali |
Agung Laksono (acting)
|Born||25 November 1962|
|Political party||United Development Party|
|Relations||K. H. Saifuddin Zuhri (Father)|
|Children||Naufal Zilal Kemal |
|Alma mater||Universitas Islam As-Syafiiyah|
|Cabinet||Second United Indonesia Cabinet |
Lukman Hakim Saifuddin is an Indonesian politician and Muslim scholar as well as the current Minister of Religious Affairs in the Second United Indonesia Cabinet of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Working Cabinet of President Joko Widodo.
Saifuddin is considered more moderate than his predecessor, Suryadharma Ali. As former party whip of the United Development Party (PPP) in the People's Representative Council, Saifuddin pulled the PPP closer to the political center. Also unlike Ali, Saifuddin has indicated a willingness as Religious Affairs Minister to extend recognition to the Bahá'í Faith, a minority group in the country. Saifuddin also participated with Indonesian Buddhists in a joint prayer in Medan in November 2016. Conversely, he also urged Muslims in Indonesia to pray for the Rohingya minority in Myanmar in reaction to the 2016 Rohingya persecution in Myanmar, and stated that the Government of Indonesia was monitoring the situation.
Saifuddin also cautioned against follow-up protests to the November 2016 Jakarta protests against the Christian governor of Jakarta accused of blasphemy, stating that formal charges had been brought to a court of law and that there was no justification for further protests.
- MUI edict on Christmas imbues spirit of tolerance: Minister. Jakarta Post, 16 December 2016. Accessed 18 December 2016.
- Alexander R. Arifianto, Indonesian Islamic Parties After the 2014 Elections. Taken from ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, pg. 129. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2015. ISBN 9789814620833
- Apriadi Gunawan, Buddhists pray for peace, tolerance in Indonesia . Jakarta Post, 19 November 2016. Accessed 19 December 2016.
- Kyaw Ye Lynn, Myanmar: 820 Rohingya structures razed in just 8 days. Andalou Agency, 21 November 2016. Accessed 19 December 2016.
- Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Agnes Anya and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Cops talk tough on Dec. 2 rally. Jakarta Post, 22 November 2016. Accessed 19 December 2016.
- Istman M. P., Religious Affairs Minister: No More Rallies after Today. Tempo, 2 December 2016. Accessed 19 December 2016.