ISLAM IN INDONESIA: WAGING PEACE THROUGH RELIGIOUS COOPERATION.

Indonesia is famously known as the largest Muslim community in the world. The Indonesian Islam as Culture and political expression has never been a monolithic faith system. Derived from two permanent sources – The Qur’an and Hadits (the examples of the Prophet) – Muslim thinkers, and even politicians  have for decades built up and developed diverse, complicated, and even contradictory interpretations of the two sources in dealing with any religious relations issues.

In the case of Islam in Indonesia, we are fortunate because of the fact that the great majority of Muslims are in favor of waging peace through interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Indeed, a tiny minority of Indonesian Muslims opposes it and argue that endeavor is futile. this sort of attitude happens due to their limited and subjective understanding and interpretations of the same resources. The militant and radical splinter groups from whose wombs terrorists may have bred are actually a new coming dark panorama in Indonesian Islam. Therefore, a lots of outsiders have made a false conclusion as though they are the true representative and the real face of Indonesian Islam. This depicts how is the danger in observing the complex socio-religious phenomena from afar.

Essentially, the Muslim mainstreams in Indonesia are acting as likely as an umbrella and protectors. Since the emergence of Muslim Extremists in Indonesia, churches and other worship places are highly vulnerable to be bombed. But the biggest moderate Islamic Organization in Indonesia called Nahdatul Ulama has embraced all Muslims together protecting others religion worship places in certain big but danger days such as Christmas day and etc. More than that, other important point to note is that believers should not only cooperates among themselves, but should also be ready to coexist with and accommodate the non-believers, and vice versa.

Other facts of action to waging peace has been showed by interfaith leaders when Aceh province – the province applies Islamic Law – was destroyed by the terrible wave of Tsunami in December 2014, Interfaith top figures led by Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja soon made a visit to the area and provided some financial aid to the families affected by the tragedy, including helping to restore a traditional Muslim boarding school called Pesantren that had been wiped out.   (MSS)

source: Hadi,Umar.(2011). Islam In Indonesia. Jakarta Pusat: Directorate of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

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