MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – Denny JA, the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) founder, believed that a global Islamic calendar is vital.
It will tell Muslims worldwide a certainty of Islamic days such as Eid al-Fitr. All Muslims will celebrate the days simultaneously.
The global Islamic calendar enables Muslims around the globe to commemorate Islamic days concurrently. Indeed, the development of technology and Islam’s existence for fourteen centuries are reasons why Muslims must have a global calendar.
Humans have created artificial intelligence, but it’s ironic that Islam which has existed for more than 1,500 years cannot have a global calendar yet.
Coining the global Islamic calendar is scientifically easy as determining prayer time worldwide accurately.
The absence of a global Islamic calendar is often seen as high tolerance among Muslims to respect the difference in celebrating their Islamic days. On the other hand, it leads to a concern.
“The dissimilar perspectives trigger a query of whether or not it is necessary for Muslims to have a global Islamic calendar. However, the calendar is essential for Muslims worldwide, so they know Islamic days earlier and can celebrate the days altogether,” said Denny on Sunday (23/4).
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The global Islamic calendar, according to Muhammadiyah, is the Hijri calendar with the same date worldwide. It is a calendar applicable to the whole world no matter where people are.
A member of the Muhammadiyah Council for Tarjih and Tajdid Rahmadi Wibowo Suwarno mentioned that Al-Qur’an tells people the importance of time.
“Utilizing time leads to success. On the other hand, if people fail to manage their time, their life will be disorganized and they will be in loss,” said Rahmadi.
Time system chaos occurred because of the absence of a global Islamic calendar. Thus, the calendar is vital to give certainty of prayer time and to be a transaction calendar.
“The global Islamic calendar is included in hifdzu ad-din (protection of religion). It means that Muslims can celebrate Islamic days concurrently. deed, Muslims can fast on the day of Arafah at one time,” said Rahmadi.