Kutipan dari KH Zainul Arifin
(Dari buku berbahasa Inggris tentang alasan NU memisahkan diri dari Partai Masyumi:
"But this Madjelis Syura, which was predominantly occupied by our ulamas, was used as a jewelled ring, worn only for going to feasts, and locked in the drawer when these feasts were finished. Since then, Madjelis Syura had never been invited to discuss matters related to the steps that were taken by the Masyumi, despite the fact that actually our ulamas had enough skills and tacts for these matters. Such had been proven in the Madiun Congress, when our ulamas worked and sweated to resolve and analyze problems directly connected with politics, national and international. Nevertheless, all the resolutions which were then submitted to the Masyumi were ignored and forgotten. " (Naim 1961: 2).
(Sumber: Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle Within Islam and Politics in Indonesia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.)