MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – One of the strategic issues discussed at the 48th Congress (Muktamar) of Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah in Surakarta was regarding ‘Digital Piety’.
According to the Chairman of Muhammadiyah Dadang Kahmad, Muhammadiyah views Indonesians are generally uncivilized on social media.
The circumstance could be noticed from comment sections on social media. Microsoft’s survey on Digital Civility Index (DCI) 2020 put Indonesia in the lowest place among nine surveyed Asia-Pacific countries.
“Thus, Muhammadiyah should guide the use of digital media for Indonesian citizens and Muhammadiyah people,” said Dadang Kahmad on the Dialektika TVMu on Saturday (17/12).
Dadang mentioned that a civility crisis on social media includes hoaxes, hate speech, and lashing out to undermine other people’s dignity.
Muhammadiyah cannot just leave in it because it will wreck relationships of global citizens in real life, and they will be punished in the hereafter. Therefore, digital piety becomes the concern of this movement.
Muhammadiyah has been concerned with this issue. In 2019, the Muhammadiyah Council for Tarjih and Tajdid published a book entitled ‘Fikih Informasi‘ (Information Fiqh).
Besides, the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information (MPI) issued Netizmu (Muhammadiyah Netizen) Code of Ethics on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.
“The guidance enables Muhammadiyah people to use social media wisely. If this movement doesn’t focus on the issue, social media may bring harm,” Dadang said.
In addition, Dadang wished that Muslims would utilize social media to disseminate goodness and da’wa of amar makruf nahi munkar.