MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, MALANG—The intellectualism of Kiai Ahmad Dahlan is a focal point in understanding the essence of Muhammadiyah actions. In contrast, some experts consider him a “man of action” due to the scarcity of his written works.
A member of the Muhammadiyah Council for Thought and Judgment Pradana Boy mentioned that
Kiai Ahmad Dahlan’s intellectualism shone through despite the scarcity of his written works. He was both a “Man of Thought” and a “Man of Action.” Implementing the teachings of the Qur’an, he reflected and pondered before taking action, showcasing his intellectual prowess.
“Kiai Ahmad Dahlan was praised as a prophetic social scientist by Moeslim Abdurrahman, considering his adeptness in formulating and implementing ideas for the greater welfare of society. His greatness lay in his perceptive understanding of the contemporary context and the enduring relevance of his concepts,” said Pradana Boy in the seminar of the Muhammadiyah Council for Thought and Judgment at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) on Saturday (July 22).
Muhammadiyah, as an intellectual movement, embraces key principles aligned with Kiai Ahmad Dahlan’s thinking. These include following the Qur’an and Sunnah as a means of liberation rather than limitation, revitalizing ijtihad (independent reasoning), promoting rationality in religious aspects, and advocating inter-civilizational dialogue.
“Muhammadiyah’s revitalization of Kiai Ahmad Dahlan’s intellectual values forms the philosophical foundation for the meaningful renewal of Islam,” said Pradana Boy.
Muhammadiyah thrives on intellectualism and upholds the founder’s principles, ensuring its relevance and adaptability to contemporary challenges. The continuity of Kiai Ahmad Dahlan’s ideas inspires progress and societal renewal.