MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA — Capitalism and liberalism are two growing major ideologies, while others have fallen apart.
According to the President of Muhammadiyah, Haedar Nashir, there will always be a tendency towards socialism and capitalism, and Islam is between them.
“Islam is eclectic or a middle way, but it’s not exactly straight in the middle because it’s dynamic between left and right,” Haedar said at the Dialog on the Organization’s Political Ideology conducted at Universitas ‘Aisyiyah on Saturday (13/5).
As mentioned in Al-Ma’un, Islam is a convergence of the rich and the poor. The theology of Al-Ma’un is not pro-Dhuafa’-Mustadh’afin (the poor) and anti-aghnia (the rich).
For instance, dr. Soetomo practiced the theology of Al-Ma’un, embracing love and compassion for everyone regardless of their condition.
Furthermore, Islamic socialism was mentioned by K.H. Ahmad Dahlan in the 17 Principles of Islamic Teaching. However, Haedar regretted that few wrote about Islamic capitalism.
“There should have been a discussion on the dimensions of Islamic capitalism. Meanwhile, many Muslims have become pro the poor and anti the rich,” said Haedar.
This inequality has made Islam a reason to reject financial stability, affecting political life and fostering the idea of an anti-success and anti-authority. However, at the same time, Muslims are eager to empower the poor.
“Fortunately, Muhammadiyah has the ability to integrate Islamic teachings in schools, universities, and women’s organizations,” said Haedar.
Indeed, ‘Aisyiyah, as the Muhamamdiyah’s genuine Islamic women’s movement, goes beyond gender theories. ‘Aisyiyah, as a work of Kiai Dahlan, who was recognized as a National Hero, successfully equalized men’s and women’s roles without discrimination.