BANDUNG - Governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) is called as an Islamic leader by an International Muslim Intellectual who is an Expert on Comparative Religion, Dr. Zakir Naik.
"Governor of West Java is a Good Muslim," said Dr. Zakir Naik during his public lecture at the Gymnasium Building, Indonesia University of (UPI), Bandung, on Sunday (04/02/2017).
At that time, the scholar who comes from India were talking about leadership, in which according to him, Indonesia as a country that adheres to the democratic system requires a leader who loves Allah and His Messengers in order to lead the people to a better change.
When a Muslim leader takes a decision, then the leader will think of success in this world and salvation in the hereafter. It is because according to Dr. Zakir Naik, the real success is to pass the tests in the world, and to go to heaven in the hereafter.
"It (Indonesia) is a democratic country. So, the one who can bring about change is a leader who loves Allah and His Prophets," said Zakir Naik.
"I see that nowadays there start a lot of changes in Muslim countries. Governor of West Java, he is an Islamic Muslim leader," he added.
In response to the visit of Dr. Zakir Naik in the event of 2017 Zakir Naik's Visit with theme of 'Dakwah or Destruction', the Governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan welcomed the arrival of Dr. Zakir Naik. Aher regards Zakir Naik as an Islamic figure today who is capable of conducting dialogues among many religions without provoking any splits.
"I came to his lecture because I was invited. He was, indeed someone who believes in his faith and respects for the highest human rights," said Aher.
Moreover, Aher also expressed his admiration for Dr. Zakir Naik, in which according to him, Dr. Zakir Naik can build a sense of comfort even when arguing with non-Muslims, so that it increases someone's conviction about Islam.
The event was attended by the Governor Ahmad Heryawan, Head of TP PKK of West Java Netty Heryawan, Commander III Siliwangi Mayjen TNI M. Herindra, Chairman of Daarut Tauhid Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Abdullah Gymnastiar, and also other invited guests.
Currently, the famous ulama who is well known by the public via YouTube channel, Dr. Zakir Naik, is doing a dakwah (Islamic lecture) tour with the first visited city in Indonesia is Bandung. For the next 10 days, he will continue his dakwah tour to other regions in Indonesia.