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Yaqut Qholil Qoumas
Minister of Religious Affairs
Yaqut was born in Rembang Regency on 4 January 1975, and completed his basic education there, graduating from public schools. He studied sociology in the University of Indonesia, but did not complete his bachelor's degree. During his time at UI, he founded the Depok branch of the Indonesian Islamic Students Association (PMII), and chaired it between 1996 and 1999
Yaqut Cholil Qoumas (born 4 January 1975) is an Indonesian cleric and politician who currently serves as the Minister of Religious Affairs under Joko Widodo, appointed since 23 December 2020. He previously chaired the Ansor Youth Movement and was a member of the People’s Representative Council, both between 2015 and 2020.
After his time in UI, he joined the National Awakening Party, and between 2001 and 2004 he served as the chairman of the party’s Rembang branch. He was elected to the municipal legislature following the 2004 elections and the following year he was elected vice-regent of Rembang, where he served until 2010. He ran as a candidate in Rembang’s 2010 regency election, but lost.
After the electoral loss, Yaqut was elected as a chair in the Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) in 2011. In the 2014 legislative election, Yaqut ran as a candidate in the Central Java 10th electoral district, but failed to win a seat. On 27 January 2015, Yaqut was appointed as a replacement to Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri in the People’s Representative Council, as Dhakiri had been appointed as Minister of Labor and Transmigration in Joko Widodo’s cabinet. On 27 November 2015, Yaqut was elected as General Chairman of GP Ansor. He was reelected to the legislature following the 2019 election.
In 2016, Yaqut Said that the Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) rejected same-sex marriage, but respects LGBT people as human beings. “As a religion, Islam has its own moral position on this matter and cannot be forced to change that moral position to comply with the will of others, just as we cannot force others to follow the moral position of Islam.” said the General Chairperson of the Central Leadership of the Youth Movement Ansor, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas in Jakarta (16/2). He stated, on the one hand, Islam has a moral position in responding to this group. However, on the other hand, he also cannot force LGBT people to follow the moral perspective of Islam.
During the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, Yaqut endorsed Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, referring to the Christian governor as the “Sunan” of Kalijodo. Under Yaqut, GP Ansor endorsed Joko Widodo in the 2019 Indonesian presidential election. In September 2019, Yaqut visited Vatican City and met with Pope Francis, where he represented GP Ansor to express the organization’s support for the Document on Human Fraternity.
Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies
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