The Associated Press reports that Hazyim Muzadi, head of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdatul Ulama, condemned suicide bombings, and warned that terrorism was hurting the reputation of Islam:
"Killing is only justified in war," said Muzadi, the head of the Nahdatul Ulama, in remarks carried by the state news agency Antara on Sunday. "Terrorists who are acting in the name of Islam are ruining the religion's reputation as a blessing to the universe. Islam's followers both in Indonesia and abroad are being cornered as a result," he said.
Nahdatul Ulama claims some 40 million followers.
Muzadi's remarks are an important step in the War Against Terror. According to the Associated Press some Indonesian clerics resist denouncing terrorism for fear of being seen as subservient to the United States. There is little hope of stopping terrorism if all civilized people don't condemn it.
It is truly unfortunate that Muzadi's remarks condemning terror have not gotten more play.