Saturday, 21 November 2015

Understanding Agus Salim and His Islamic Thought

He was born in Kota Gadang, West Sumatra, on 8 October 1884. Indonesian people often call him Haji Agus Salim or The Grand Old Man due to his life devoted to Indonesian independence and diplomacy. His first name was Masjudul Haq which means the defender of the truth.

At the beginning, Salim was interested in studying medicine. So, he tried to apply scholarship but he failed. At the age of 22, he took a job at the Dutch consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia respecting his mother’s last wish who expected him to study religious science from his uncle, Syaikh Ahmad Khatib. Briefly Salim had studied Islam since his childhood.

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