MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah, as da’wa organizations, firmly believe that education plays a pivotal role in shaping a nation’s advancement. Indeed, the development of civilizations globally has its foundation in the quality of education.
From this standpoint, Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah instill Islamic civilization’s mission into education. It involves holistic education that seamlessly integrates the spiritual and physical realms and the acquisition of worldly knowledge and insights into the hereafter.
“In Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah, education transcends being a mere set of strategic steps and policies. It encompasses a paradigm, values, principles, realization, and seamless integration throughout the educational process,” said President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir in the opening of the national meeting of the ‘Aisyiyah Council for Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Education on Wednesday (August 9).
Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah educational institutions should consistently reinforce this mission. They should surpass mere compliance with practical or market demands. Instead, it should aim to cultivate holistic individuals, attuned to their inherent nature – individuals who embody devotion, intellectual acuity, and profound knowledge.
“Islamic education is a voyage that enriches the human soul, seamlessly melding aspects such as religious dedication, cognitive advancement, knowledge attainment, and practical life aptitude. Together, these facets converge to mold a human being, ‘Insan Kamil‘,” said Haedar.
Therefore, Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah educations strive to engage with the multifaceted dimensions: spirituality, physicality, intellectuality, and knowledge.
Therefore, the imperative for educational institutions within Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah is to address the aforementioned multifaceted dimensions – spirituality, physicality, intellectuality, and knowledge.
“Focusing on just one aspect of education can lead to imbalance and hinder holistic individual development,” said Haedar.
‘Aisyiyah may hold aspirations for transformative efforts and revitalizing education. This revival would center on nurturing a progressive, holistic-integrative educational structure, fostering the development of complete individuals (Insan Kamil), and making positive societal contributions.
“Within this all-encompassing structure, education should unleash human potential, nurturing individuals who embrace faith, piety, ethics, intellect, knowledge, and social skills, while harmonizing with their environment. This encapsulates Earth stewardship without harm—an essence that characterizes Islamic education as boundary-spanning, intrinsically holistic, and profoundly integrative,” mentioned Haedar.