BONSERNEWS.com – It is necessary to instill Indonesian character in students concretely. Then, Pancasila values must be manifested in daily life, not just verbalism, spoken about an sich, or memorized which will have no impact on daily social life.
The Executive Director of the Nurcholish Madjid Society stated, Islam and Indonesian-ness are important to live by because of the fact that the sociology of the Indonesian nation is plural.
According to him, pluralism requires mutual understanding, empathy and respect. Lack of empathy, for example, breeds extremism.
“The world of education is the key to fostering an attitude of egalitarianism, openness, mutual respect, necessary tolerance in a very diverse society,” he said in Jakarta, Tuesday 4 July 2023.
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In the Islamic context, Fachrurozi referred to Prof. Dr. Nurcholish Madjid or Cak Nur. Cak Nur promotes inclusive Islam.
“Islam is open, acknowledges the existence of other religions, even obtains safety and happiness,” he said.
This attitude is taught in the Koran, QS. al-Hujurat paragraph 13. Similarly, the constitution of the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia guarantees freedom of religion. This means that both the holy book and the constitution encourage an inclusive attitude of Indonesian Muslims.
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“The key to grounding Islam and Indonesianness is exemplary.” he continued.
Director of the Paramadina Graduate School of Islamic Studies (PGSI), Dr. M. Subhi-Ibrahim agrees with what Fachrurozi said.
Subhi said, national teachers such as KH Ahmad Dahlan, founder of Muhammadiyah, KH Hasyim Asy’ari, founder of Nahdlatul Ulama and Cak Nur have the same message, namely that Islam and Indonesianness cannot be separated.
“A Muslim can be a good Indonesian (citizen). On the other hand, the color of the Republic of Indonesia can be a good Muslim. Muhammadiyah and NU have faithfully maintained the balance of religious and national attitudes.” he said.
Subhi-Ibrahim explained, in order to compete in human civilization, Indonesian Muslims need to be modern. Modern in realizing the importance of the present and being rational, critical and progressive. This is what will lead to high civilization.