MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, ORAN – President of Muhammadiyah 2005-2015 Prof Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin became a keynote speaker at the international conference on Al-Suluk al-Hadhari, Wa’yun, Fi’lun, Ta’ayusy (Progressive Behavior between Teachings, Practice, and Joint Application) in Oran, Algeria on Saturday, 25 February 2023.
The conference initiated by the High Islamic Council of Algeria was attended by about 600 Muslim scholars worldwide. Indonesia was represented by Din Syamsuddin and the Indonesian Ambassador to Algeria, Chalief Akbar.
In his speech, Din Syamsuddin said that the conference theme was vital and actual because the world nowadays confronted a gap between dreams and facts in building civilization, including Islamic civilization.
Din Syamsuddin said even though Islam is a religion of civilization (din al-hadharah), Muslims have not become supremacy holders of the world civilization as what occurred in the medieval ages (9-11 A.D.)
“Thus, it is urgent for the Islamic world to redesign civilization strategies and for Muslims to perform progressive behavior (al-suluk al-hadhari) as part of an orientation of awareness and life,” said Din Syamsuddin.
Din Syamsuddin, the Professor of Global Islamic Politics at Univesitas Islam Negeri Jakarta, said that progressive behavior refers to the Islamic civilization resurrection way.
Progressive behavior of Muslims should be moderate (wasatiyyah) to overcome the world’s damage caused by extremism and liberalism in politics, economy, and culture.
“Progressive behavior has to prioritize work for productivity, discipline, respect for time, an efficient-effective life, togetherness, and cooperation,” mentioned Din Syamsuddin.
For information, the keynote speakers at the opening of the Conference were the Mufti of Egypt Shaykh Syauqi Ibrahim; Former Mufti of Bosnia Shaykh Mustofa Cheric; and Chair of the High Islamic Council of Algeria Shaykh Bou Abdullah Ghulamullah, who was Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs for 17 year.
The three-day conference took place in the Auditorium of the Great Mosque of Oran, the second largest city in western Algeria and on the historic shores of the Mediterranean Sea.