MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SLEMAN – President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir mentioned that Muslims in Indonesia are currently marked by their numerical majority rather than their qualitative strength.
Reflecting on the Indonesian context through Surah Al-Baqarah verse 249, although Muslims make up the majority in Indonesia, they still face challenges in areas such as politics, economics, and knowledge compared to minority groups.
“Frequently, we find ourselves in the position of being a numerical majority, yet our pursuit of quality remains unfinished. Al-Baqarah verse 249 mentions the historic battle between Thalut and Jalut, and it provides a profound lesson for us,” said Haedar.
Indeed, Prophet Muhammad likened Muslims to foam in the ocean – appearing significant but lacking in power and influence. Therefore, Muslims should embrace a relentless pursuit of personal growth and a steadfast dedication to excellence.
“A strong believer is far better and more beloved by Allah than a weak believer,” Haedar quoted a hadith of Prophet Muhammad.
This reality serves as a fundamental rationale behind the establishment of Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah, aiming to bring forth excellence.
“We have to get out of our comfort zone, so we can be better and better,” said Haedar.
Furthermore, Muhammadiyah has the vision of Islam Berkemajuan (Progressive Islam) to confront today’s challenges. The view permeates all Muhammadiyah wings and institutions.
Within the organizational framework, the vision of Progressive Islam is implemented at every level – from local to regional branches and even special branches of Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah overseas.
Haedar highlights the importance of an open-minded approach and a willingness to engage in ijtihad (independent reasoning). This inclusive mindset enables Muslims to tackle contemporary issues in this changing world.
The fiqh deliberations by the Muhammadiyah Council for Islamic Thought and Judgement (Tarjih and Tajdid) extend beyond traditional gender-related issues, addressing more strategic and pressing contemporary matters.
“This council deliberate a lot of topics such as euthanasia, climate change, and other contemporary concerns, leading to the development of contemporary fiqh (jurisprudence),” said Haedar.