MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SAMARINDA—Muhammadiyah that always comes to solve social and national issues has been in line with Muhammadiyah’s 1914 statutes.
The 1914 Muhammadiyah statutes mention this movement aims to develop and encourage encourage religious teaching and learning in the Dutch East Indies. Thus, Muhammadiyah is a problem solver.
“Muhammadiyah is here to answer to problems. Muhammadiyah is a problem solver, not a problem maker nor a problem entrepreneur,” said Mu’ti on Saturday (24/12) at the opening of the Muhammadiyah Regional Board Meeting of the East Kalimantan in Samarinda.
The presence of Muhammadiyah can represented through service centers and institutions (AUM) which continue to grow. Besides, ‘Aisyiyah, the women’s wing organization of Muhammadiyah has done similarly.
As the tagline of the 48th Congress (Muktamar) of Muhammadiyah, “Memajukan Indonesia, Mencerahkan Semesta” (Developing Indonesia, Enlightening the Universe), Muhammadiyah offers solutions focusing on the people, the nation, and the universal humanity.
In the international level, Muhammadiyah aspires to be a mercy to the whole world. This movement follows Prophet Muhammad and continue his missions.
“The Prophet Muhammad is a messenger of Allah sent for all mankind, carrying the mission of rahmatan lil alamin. Therefore, Muhammadiyah is also trying now to play a role at the international level,” Abdul Mu’ti said.
The role of Muhammadiyah in the international levels are not something imaginative and utopian. In 2011, Muhammadiyah was officially permanently registered as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In addition, Muhammadiyah has also developed networks in 29 countries by establishing Muhammadiyah Special Branches (PCIM) and educational institutions in several countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Egypt, Lebanon, and others.
“We would like to present Indonesian Islam as part of the strength and wealth of Islam, different from what has been shown in some Western media telling Islam as a rude and extreme religion. We want to present the mercy and kindness of Islam,” Mu’ti said.