As a country with the largest Muslim majority population in Asia and even the world, Indonesia has a lot of potentials to introduce a moderate Muslim life into the world. As we all know, many of the negative stigma attributed to some Muslims is identical with war and radicalism because of the influence of the Middle East conflict and the acts of terrorism in various countries. To eliminate the negative stigma, Indonesia continues to promote moderate Islam with constructive achievements around the world.
Related to that, a good news came from Qatar, where the country held a championship “4th International Schools Arabic Debating Championship 2018” which is held at Qatar National Convention Center Doha. In the championship, Indonesian participants successfully won the first champion in the 4th International Schools Arabic Debating Championship 2018, in Doha, Qatar this week. The event was held on 7 to 11 April 2018 yesterday.
Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, Muhammad Basri Sidehabi expressed his pride in Indonesia’s victory in the prestigious championship.
“We are grateful for the achievement of the Indonesian team winning this prestigious championship. This victory improves the image of Indonesia in Qatar and continues the spirit to become the gold generation of Indonesia 2045,” said the former Member of the House when talking with Indonesian participants at Wisma Duta such as information (Friday, 13/4).
Prestigious event held at Qatar National Convention Center Doha has followed 50 countries from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. “Indonesia carved gold ink in the international arena as the first champion of International Schools Arabic Debating Championship 2018 for the non-Native category in Qatar,” said Ustaz Agung Muttaqien who is the manager and coach of Indonesia team.
According to him, Indonesian participants also won the first, second and third winners of Best Speaker for the non-Native category. According to the Coordinator of Information and Social Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha, Anwar Lukman Hakim, Indonesian Team from Takzia International Islamic Boarding School (IIBC) brilliantly brought the red and white onto the stage. The team consists of Aftina Zakiyya Wafda, Aqidatul Izzha Rahayu, Nuriya Lailatus Sakinah and Shofiah Achmad Zaky.
Indonesia competes in the non-native speaker category, along with 29 other countries. In this category, the 1st-grade students of this high school won the 1st place after defeating Pakistan in the final round. Not only that, the team also won the predicate Best speakers of the non-native category first rank (Aqidatul Izzha Rahayu); Second (Aftina Zakiyya Wafda), and Third (Nuriya Lailatus Sakinah).
In addition, the State Islamic University (UIN) Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang also made it into the top three for the “Debate Pioneer” project and obtained technical assistance from Qatar Debate to develop a culture of debate in Indonesian society.
According to Embassy officials, Boy Dharmawan, QatarDebate is an activity of Qatar Foundation and National Debating Organization for Qatar, to develop and support open discussion and debate among students and youth in Qatar, Arabian and other parts of the world. QatarDebate which was founded in 2008 is one of the prestigious activities in Qatar because it is headed directly by First Lady, Moza bint Nasser who also concurrently Chairman of Qatar Foundation. Qatar Debate aims to create future citizens and leaders both in Qatar and the rest of the world through various debate programs in English and Arabic.
With the reach of proud achievement at this International level, it is expected that many parties are inspired to introduce Islam with positive things and achievements. So the negative stigma attached to Islam will gradually disappear and return to its nature as a religion that becomes a blessing for all beings (Rahmatan Lil Alamin).