Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bulan Sabit Terbit di Atas Pohon Beringin

Bulan Sabit Terbit di Atas Pohon Beringin karya monumental Prof. Mitsuo Nakamura. Edisi yg diperluas akan diluncurkan di UMY, 30 Sep '17. Silahkan hadir! Menjadi saksi penerbitan baru karya serius ttg Muhamadiyah.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Educational Value of Sang Pencerah Film by Hanung Bramantyo: Aesthetic Research of Chiaroscuro

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Muhammadiyah's 'progressive Islam': Guideline or tagline?

  • Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais
    The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Mon, August 3, 2015 | 06:14 am

Muhammadiyah, the country's second largest Muslim organization, will hold its 47th national congress (muktamar) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, this week. The congress will set up a new agenda for the next five years, including electing a new leader who will replace two-time chairman Din Syamsuddin.
Muhammadiyah's challenges and plans include internal consolidation of leadership, bureaucratic improvement and dealing with external issues of globalization, poverty and lack of education, low quality of human resources and the upcoming integrated ASEAN economic community. 
In response to such challenges, Muhammadiyah's central board in the past years reformulated its movement through the notion of Islam berkemajuan, a hot topic among its members and activists. 
'Progressive Islam', a loose translation of Islam berkemajuan, is clearly a part of the efforts to cope with challenges among its followers and among Indonesian Muslims, challenges which include poverty, injustice and human resources. 
The translation itself is still problematic. Amin Abdullah, a former rector of the UIN Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, described in 2011 the slight differences between Islam berkemajuan, which emerged in the early 20th century, and Islam progresif as understood by academics. But let's just focus on the similarities. 
Since the establishment of Muhammadiyah in 1912, its founder Kyai Haji (revered cleric and haj) Ahmad Dahlan fully understood that Islam is compatible with the idea of being progressive, and that Islam encourages its followers to be the best and reach the highest quality of life in political, economic, social, cultural and religious terms.
The idea of being progressive is deeply entrenched in Muhammadiyah's history. During the colonial period, shortly after Muhammadiyah's establishment, meetings held by Ahmad Dahlan with his students included proposals to build hospitals and orphanages. 
One student, the future cleric KH Syuja, had laughed, saying it was impossible at the time. He later acknowledged confidence in the plans: Dutch people who built hospitals and orphanages, he wrote, 'are ordinary people who also eat rice. If others can do it, I am sure we can do it too.' History has recorded the program as a brilliant achievement for a new-born Muslim organization at the time.
The idea of fastabiqulkhairat (competition in goodness) also deeply inspired Muhammadiyah's activities. As a former chairman of Muhammadiyah, Buya (revered ulema) Syafii Maarif said, doing good deeds through the establishment of massive numbers of Muhammadiyah schools and clinics is not the main focus of the organization ' it is their quality and thus continued improvement. 
According to Muhammadiyah's manifesto at its 46th national congress of 2010 in Yogyakarta, Islam berkemajuan should sow the seeds of truth, goodness, peace, justice, welfare and prosperity.
Islam upholds human dignity of both men and women without discrimination ' and inflames awareness against war, terrorism, violence, oppression, backwardness and all forms of destruction and degradation of life such as corruption, abuse of authority, crimes against humanity and exploitation of nature.
Attempts to summarize the spirit of Islam berkemajuan based on the teachings of Ahmad Dahlan and the writings of his students and companions reveal five features of the concept. 
First is pure faith (tauhid), the central doctrine in Islamic teachings. Muslims committed to tauhid should have high social, intellectual and spiritual awareness. They should be optimists and hard working honest persons with no fear except of Allah. They should have the conviction that life is part of worshiping God. 
Secondly, he or she should have a deep understanding of the primary sources of Islam, the Koran and the Prophet's sayings or hadith.
Third, there should be an institutionalization of charity aimed to solve problems based on the scripture and hadith. For instance, the establishment of hospitals and orphanages are part of the practice of surah Al-Ma'un. The establishment of Muhammadiyah itself is proof of faith as mentioned in surah Ali Imran: 104: to organize others to do good deeds, and prohibit them from committing sins.
Fourth, focus on the present and future. Islam berkemajuan prefers to solve present problems and prepare for the future rather than praise the glories of past Islamic kingdoms. Thus, Muhammadiyah should be well-prepared to overcome current problems and benefit the most from today's developments. Globalization and an integrated ASEAN economic community, for example, provides benefits such as through trade, science and global citizenship, though with negative impacts such as trafficking in persons, drug abuse, conflict and insecurity. 
The rapid development of information and technology also provide tools for Muhammadiyah to contribute through innovations and creativity for Indonesia's development.
Fifth is a focus on being moderate and cooperation-oriented. Amid the resurgence of sectarianism and violent extremism the spirit of Muhammadiyah in its early years were open-mindedness, moderation, tolerance and promotion of dialogue among different groups and beliefs.
For example, in one gathering Ahmad Dahlan invited a leader of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) to explain the purpose of the party and their responses toward social and economic problems at that time. At Muhammadiyah's first hospital Ahmad Dahlan himself asked for the assistance of a Catholic physician, since the Muslim community at the time had no doctor.
These examples show that openness and cooperation in social matters is a part of Islamic teaching apart from egalitarianism and self-confidence to promote ideas and beliefs.
Overall, in its post-centennial era, Muhammadiyah must play a pivotal role to make Indonesian society more developed and prosperous. The spirit of Islam berkemajuan becomes a guideline for Muhammadiyah elements to be more proactive, responsive and provide solutions to current problems. To this end Muhammadiyah needs a modern and responsive management, led by strong and capable leaders, comprising a self-confident chairman and solid collegiality among its 13 leaders ' along with a strong vision for the future. Otherwise, the notion of its progressive Islam will be a mere tagline rather than concrete action.

... the spirit of Muhammadiyah in its early years were open-mindedness, moderation, tolerance and promotion of dialogue ...

The author is a secretary at LAZIS Muhammadiyah, the organization'€™s alms body, and a researcher at the Maarif Institute for Cultural and Humanitarian Studies. He graduated with a Masters of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Tajdid Movement of Muhammadiyah in Aceh "Negotiating Identity Between Salafism and Modernism"

Niki Alma Febriana Fauzi


The Muhammadiyah movement aims to stimulate religious life according to Koran and Sunnah. Nevertheless, many Indonesians still believe that Muhammadiyah refuses to recognize local cultural heritage and traditions. This paper discusses two aspects of Muhammadiyah, namely Salafism and modernism, as elements of tajdid (renewal) that encourage modernity in Aceh. The spirit of tajdid in Muhamadiyah’s perspective has two meanings: (1) purification in akidah and ibadah (worship) in line with the practices of Prophet Muhammad SAW; and (2) tajdid means dynamizing people’s lives with a creative spirit that is suitable to the challenges and demands of modern era.


Muhammadiyah, Tajdid, Aceh, Religious Movement.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Penghargaan Maestro Seni Tradisi Kategori Perorangan Asing: Mitsuo Nakamura

Anugerah Kebudayaan dan Penghargaan Maestro Seni Tradisi Kategori Perorangan Asing tahun 2017 untuk Prof. Mitsuo Nakamura. Diberikan oleh Direktorat Jenderal Kebudayaan, Kemendikbud.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Film Nyai Ahmad Dahlan Menyampaikan Pesan dan Pelajaran Penting dari Kehidupan Nyai Walidah

Suara Muhammadiyah, Monday 17-07-2017, 09:30 WIB

YOGYAKARTA, Suara Muhammadiyah-Peneliti Senior Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, Ahmad Najib Burhani menyambut baik kehadiran Film Nyai Ahmad Dahlan. Film drama-biopik yang mengisahkan tentang pahlawan nasional perempuan pertama Muhammadiyah ini, akan ditayangkan secara serentak di bioskop, pada 24 Agustus 2017.
Menurutnya, pembelajaran sejarah melalui media film menjadi salah satu alternatif. Najib meluruskan pandangan sebagian kalangan bahwa film tidak bisa menjadi acuan referensi. “Meski film Nyai Ahmad Dahlan ini merupakan film berdasarkan kisah nyata, namun film seperti ini sering dianggap bukan bagian dari referensi sejarah yang otentik dan otoritatif. Ia tidak bisa dipakai sebagai bukti sejarah,” tuturnya.
Namun demikian, kata Najib, film memiliki kredibilitas untuk menanamkan keyakinan dan pembelajaran kepada masyarakat luas dalam waktu singkat. Terutama bagi sebagian generasi muda, media film tentu lebih digemari. “Melalui film, pesan-pesan sejarah umumnya justru bisa disampaikan secara efektif. Orang yang sebelumnya tidak mengenal Nyai Walidah dan apalagi perannya dalam pemberdayaan perempuan akan dengan mudah belajar melalui film,” ungkap Najib.
Film tentang tokoh-tokoh penting di Indonesia ini, dianggap Najib, bisa melengkapi narasi lain yang selama ini beredar, seperti dalam novel dan komik. Media seperti novel, film, dan komik, dapat dijadikan pintu masuk untuk memahami sejarah tertentu. “Bagi yang ingin meningkat dari pemahaman awam, tentunya film dan novel tidaklah cukup. Membaca sejarah secara lebih komprehensif tentu saja harus berangkat dari buku-buku sejarah, arsip-arsip, memorabilia, dan sumber-sumber utama lain,” ujar Wakil Ketua Majelis Pustaka dan Informasi (MPI) PP Muhammadiyah ini.
Terlepas dari itu semua, Najib mengapresiasi film yang mengisahkan tentang sosok perempuan berkemajuan ini. Kiprah dari tokoh yang telah menorehkan peran-peran besar untuk umat dan bangsa ini perlu dikenal oleh publik.
“Saya ingin mengucapkan selamat atas film ini. Dengan kehadiran tokoh-tokoh Muhammadiyah dan keluarga KH Ahmad Dahlan sebagai aktor dalam film ini, maka saya yakin film ini bisa secara kredibel menyampaikan pesan dan pelajaran penting dari kehidupan Nyai Walidah kepada masyarakat Indonesia,” kata Najib Burhani.
Sebagaimana diketahui, film yang disutradarai Olla Atta Adonara ini memadukan para artis nasional dan dari pihak keluarga serta para aktivis Muhammadiyah. Naskah film yang diproduseri Iras Film ini ditulis oleh Dyah Kalsitorini dengan data utama dari keluarga Kiai Ahmad Dahlan dan dokumen lainnya. (Ribas)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Akoid doel Iman

Siapa bilang KH Ahmad Dahlan tak pernah menulis buku? Kata siapa ia tak memiliki karya tulis? Akhirnya ditemukan buku2 karya Dahlan. Yang terbaru berjudul "Akoid doel Iman". Dicetak pertama kali thn 1941. Setebal 20 halaman. Ini menambah daftar buku karya Dahlan yang kini telah ditemukan. Sebelumnya, telah ditemukan makalah "Tali Pengikat Hidup" dan "Korespondensi Dahlan".