In 1992—at a National Gathering of Religious Scholars held in Lampung, under the leadership of NU chairman H.E. Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, who would become Indonesia’s first democratically-elected president—Nahdlatul Ulama explicitly acknowledged that the changing context of reality necessitates the creation of new interpretations of Islamic law and orthodox Islamic teaching.
President Wahid further articulated this vision for Humanitarian Islam during the final months of his life. He hoped to mobilize the concentrated energies of the West to “help Islam,” by joining people of goodwill of every faith and nation in a global movement, imbued with the spirit of Islam Nusantara, to marginalize and discredit Islamist extremism among Muslim populations worldwide.
Following his death, several close friends and associates of Abdurrahman Wahid established Bayt ar-Rahmah li ad-Da‘wa al-Islamiyah Rahmatan li al-‘Alamin (Home of Divine Grace for Revealing and Nurturing Islam as a Blessing for All Creation), to serve as a hub for the worldwide expansion of NU operations and realize President Wahid’s vision.
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