Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Said Aqil Really Secular, Reject MUI's Illegal Fatwas about Sepilis



JAKARTA -Again Said Aqil showed his dislike of Islamic groups who rejected secularism."Strangely, most people who question the idea emerge from politicians who claim to come from Islamic parties. According to them, the state and religion are like a two currency can not be separated. If both are separated, it is considered very contrary to the teachings of religion. , "tukas Said. The passion for the formalization of Islam, which has raised the discourse of the unity of religion and state institutions, has recently increased. This is in line with the proliferation of reforms. The establishment of "Islamic principles", the emergence of the idea of ​​forming an Islamic faction in the DPR / MPR, and the reappointment of the issue of the Jakarta Charter, are strong indications of the efforts to drag Islam within the government and state. To test the validity of the ideas of the "Islamic political" actors, tabayun or clarification is needed regarding this matter of Islamic and political relations. Is it true that Islam views religion and state in one place?(pp. 169-170)

Now, it has been proven, that Said Aqil is truly secular and liberal. He said,"... Islam has indeed provided space or secularism from the start. It can even be said that secularism is a characteristic of Islam. The style of life of the people of Medina built by the Prophet Muhammad witnessed history for that.
At that time, the Prophet Muhammad distinguished between his position as a Prophet on the one hand, and as head of state on the other side. The Medina Charter, which was the cornerstone of the government's ethical structure at the time, did not mention the principle of Islam at all. Even in a hadith expressly said you are more knowledgeable about your worldly affairs. "(p. 170).

He continued,None of these religious principles are designed to hit the country's positive laws. A establishment
the state - even though it does not use the Islamic principle formally - cannot be separated from the effort to implement the five principles.

Why Doesn't Need A Formal Islamic Principle? This is a question that Said Aqil will answer with his secular brain:"We need to emphasize that the essence of Islam is not in the formal dimension of the symbols. It is precisely human behavior and morality that is a top priority so that humans can be noble."(p. 171).
Islamic formalities,kata Said,only limited to the extent of religion whose qualifications are only at the end of the verse While the priority is to call upon God and do good deeds. The appeal of God is indeed very reasonable. If the priority of Islamic formalities is placed in the first rank, it is certainly very dangerous ... (p. 172).

Said Aqil then concluded,"Islam is not designed to be a state institution. Efforts to attract Islam in a practical political formality and state affairs actually bring Islam to the arena of very instant interest and to reduce it in a valley of doctrinal distortion. And because of that, the separation of religion and state or absolute secularism not a necessity. Indeed, it is really not easy to understand Islam correctly. "(p. 172)

Deny Fatwa Haram Sepilis

Said pluralism also said:"The long history of religious people has shown that humans are able to manage pluralism well. Actually, if we examine further, pluralism also reaches the peak of harmony when humans talk about" doors to God ".(p. 288)

Then what about the term pluralism itself? Isn't that considered problematic? Especially after MUI issued a fatwa forbidding pluralism (July 2005)? Said Aqil answered this question as follows:
Discourse on pluralism, humanism, democracy and universalism, are universal concepts with local social settings. These various concepts then experienced socialization through national borders to penetrate all levels of society in the world. These concepts are rapidly globalizing because humanitarian issues are a common reference. The birth of these concepts in developed countries also contributed to the expansion process to more underdeveloped countries.
"As a result, indegenisation of pluralism in the context of Muslims will not endanger as long as it maintains the specifications of Islamic teachings and still adheres to universal principles. So, it is not necessary, for example, by issuing halal-haram fatwas, which actually confuses the people,"Said said. (p. 291).

On page 363, Said said, secularization in Islam was closer to the notion of "islahuddin" or renewal of religion. (p. 363).

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