Abdurrahman Wahid Quotes

  • I do not like violence.

  • I am a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Well, the most important thing about Islam is that we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam. The first one is the institution of Islam... second, the culture of Islam.

  • I don't talk in ifs.

  • I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it.

  • All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion.

  • If we cling to the institution of Islam, then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it, so because of this we see now that many people are defending states, defending territories, defending everything institutional in the belief that they defend Islam.