Yahya Cholil Staquf serves as General Secretary of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Supreme Council. As the world’s largest Muslim organization—with over 50 million members and 14,000 madrasahs—the Nahdlatul Ulama adheres to the traditions of Sunni Islam, and teaches that the primary message of Islam is universal love and compassion. Sheikh Yahya also serves on HE President Joko Widodo’s Presidential Advisory Council, where he advises the President on religious, domestic and international affairs. Sheikh Yahya co-founded the U.S.-based organization Bayt ar-Rahmah li ad-Da‘wa al-Islamiyah Rahmatan li al-‘Alamin (The Home of Divine Grace for Revealing and Nurturing Islam as a Blessing for All Creation), to serve as a hub for the expansion of Nahdlatul Ulama operations in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Source of Influence: Administration of Religious Affairs
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