Din Syamsuddin: Idle Science, without values

Author : Humas | Saturday, August 22, 2015 17:18 WIB

One of main reasons behind the world global defect is a paradigm of science development neglecting values of ethos, spiritualism, and sense. It was the statement of president moderator of Asian Conference of Religion Peace (ACRP) Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin as taking role as speaker in The 1st International Conference on Pure and Applied Research (ICoPAR) held on Saturday (22/8) at University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM).

            For Din, the science paradigm should be directed into benefit values. Economics, he continued, should be used to get over a poverty; and so should the politics, intentionally be used to raise an equity. “As politics perpetuates an oligarchy, there is no political values within, or you might say its idle politics,” said him, Head of Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

            Therefore, Din marked, the most important thing in science is its sense and values. In terms of development, said Din, as world always speaks up about sustainable development with equity, Islam has brought the paradigm sustainable development with meaning.

            This paradigm, he explained, is rooted on Islamic science principles such as harmony and correspondence between God and Universe, or precisely between Creator and Creatures. It is not possible for both human and universe work together without concerning on ethos-spiritual values.

            Related to science development, Din insisted, Islam is well concerned on the thinking importance. No wonder, Al-Qur’an has frequently carried words afala ta’qilun (whether you are mindless), afala tatafakkarun (whether you do not think) or afala yatadabbarun (whether they do not contemplate).

            Again for him, those words are indeed epigram that intentionally insist mankind to think and contemplate. Adding, he mentioned that those rhetoric words are mentioned more than 200 times, pointing the importance of thinking.

            Those values, said Din, in science might be interpreted in form of research and development. “Unfortunately, Indonesia hardly attempts the research development due to minimum budget. In fact, it is the most crucial matter especially in higher education,” ended him, the former Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Board (PP). (han/t_stu)



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