MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, KEBUMEN – K.H. Ahmad Dahlan and dr. Soetomo put values of inclusiveness in Muhammadiyah services, particularly health and education.
Muhammadiyah hospitals are for all, Muslims and non-Muslims, according to the Chairman of Muhammadiyah, dr. Agus Taufiqurrahman.
“Muhammadiyah health services are for everyone regardless of their religious backgrounds. They are part of Muhammadiyah’s contribution to the people and nation,” said Agus at the 38th anniversary commemoration of RS PKU Muhammadiyah Sruweng on Saturday (27/5).
Furthermore, Muhammadiyah educational institutions have accepted many non-Muslim students. Non-Muslim students are welcome to enroll in Muhammadiyah educational institutions without any requirement to convert to Islam.
“Hidayah (guidance) comes from Allah. Our role is to show the beauty of Islam. The non-Muslims are not compelled to convert to Islam,” said dr. Agus.
Muhammadiyah applies the principle of Islam as rahmatan lil ‘alamin (a mercy to the whole world). This movement believes that providing health services and educating Indonesian people is Allah’s command and part of universal humanitarian values. None of the compulsion in religious practices. It is entirely Allah’s right.
Indeed, health and educational services should implement the principle of ‘welas asih‘ (compassion). Both areas are part of da’wa, so the principle implementation is crucial,” said dr. Agus.
The principles of inclusiveness and compassion serve as the foundation for Muhammadiyah services and are non-negotiable. Alongside these principles, Muhammadiyah advocates for the underprivileged (dhuafa’-mustadh’afin) while also recognizing the importance of wealth and prosperity.