The Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) is a network of traditional ahlussunnah wal jamaah (Sunni Muslim) institutions that constitutes the largest Muslim organization in the world, with over 50 million followers and 14,000 pesantren, or madrasahs. The NU was established in 1926 in direct response to the Wahhabi conquest of Mecca and Medina. At every momentous inflection point in Indonesia’s history, the Nahdlatul Ulama has determined the fate of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation—liberating the East Indies from Dutch colonialism; establishing Indonesia as a multi-religious and pluralistic nation-state; defeating the Darul Islam (Islamic State) guerrilla movement in the 1950s; preventing a Communist takeover in the 1960s; and peacefully overthrowing the Suharto regime, by initiating a reform movement that has produced what is arguably the most successful democracy in the Muslim world today.
Founding directors and officers of Bayt ar-Rahmah include the spiritual leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Kyai Haji A. Mustofa Bisri, and the General Secretary of its Supreme Council, Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf.
Gerakan Pemuda Ansor
Gerakan Pemuda Ansor is the world’s largest Muslim youth (i.e., young adults) movement, with nearly 5 million registered members. Of these, approximately 1.7 million belong to Barisan Ansor Serbaguna Nahdlatul Ulama, or Banser—an active militia force. GP Ansor constitutes the front line and primary kinetic element within the world’s largest Muslim organization—the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)—and the primary vehicle for the grassroots mobilization of NU followers. GP Ansor’s principal mission includes the defense of NKRI (the Indonesian nation state); the 1945 Constitution, which established Indonesia as a multi-religious and pluralistic nation; Pancasila; Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (“Oneness Amid Diversity”); and the profoundly spiritual—i.e., humanitarian—values of Sunni Islam, which flourished in harmony with pre-existing East Indies civilization and cultures to produce Islam Nusantara.
Bayt ar-Rahmah Director of Religious Affairs, KH. Yahya Cholil Staquf, serves as Emissary to the Islamic World for Gerakan Pemuda Ansor. Bayt ar-Rahmah’s Deputy Chairman & COO, C. Holland Taylor, serves as special Emissary to the United Nations, Americas and Europe for Gerakan Pemuda Ansor.