|Prof. H. Abdurrahman Mas’ud, Ph.D states that Ministry of Religious Affairs' Mission of RI is relogious, harmonious, smart and independent people of Indonesia|
Prof. H. Abdurrahman Mas'ud, Ph.D said that the vision of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia is the realization of Indonesian people who are religious, harmonious, intelligent and independent.
Thus, one point of seminar and workshop with the theme “Mainstreaming Multiculturalism to Develop Tolerance and Inter-Religious Cooperation in Indonesia” held by Center of Religious Studies & Multiculturalism, UMM Graduate Program, in cooperation with Research Development and Training (Balitbang)and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Monday to Tuesday (5/3-4), in Hall of UMM Inn. This workshop would be followed by approximately one hundred participants from various religious institutions of East Java. The Head of Balitbang of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Prof. H. Abdurrahman Mas'ud, Ph.D., said that the vision of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia is the realization of Indonesian people who are religious, harmonious, intelligent and independent. Thus, one of the missions of the Ministry of Religious Affairs is to improve the quality of inter-religious harmony in the diversity today.
Mas'ud also said the factors that can disrupt the harmony among religious communities, among others, can be viewed right from the aspect of non-religious and religious terms. From non-religious term, the factors are the existence of economic inequality, political interests and social and cultural conflict. "Meanwhile, in term of religion, the factors are religious proselytizing, overseas religious assistance, marriage on different religions, child adoption and religious education," said Mas'ud.
Experts agreed that mainstreaming multiculturalism is considered essential to overcome the disturbances of religious harmony caused by factors explained above. Vice Director of UMM Graduate Program, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin M. Si, who was also a speaker in the workshop assessed that what it needs to be done earlier is to instill a more sympathetic and empathetic construct to the existence of other religions through education. "Multicultural education institution has a strategic position in the seeding of more open attitude towards other groups. Through this, the social capital will be formed automatically," explained Syamsul.
Beside those mentioned speakers, at the third session, Prof. Dr. Tobroni, M.Si, The Chief of Masters of Islamic Studies Graduate Program of UMM brought materials on multiculturalism and inter-religious harmony in Indonesia in the era of reform. There was also a presence of another speaker, Pradana Boy ZTF., MA, who delivered the roots of multiculturalism in Islam.
Boy revealed that the principle of multiculturalism within Islam have invested significantly since the beginning of this religion brought by Prophet Muhammad as it was in the events of Prophet Muhammad who migrated from Mecca to Yastrib which was later renamed Madinah al-Munawwarah. This event illustrated the Prophet Muhammad in instilling kinship in the hearts of every Muslim, also set the hearts of every human being from different backgrounds. "Something like this is a very important model for us to do right now, that is in this era of globalization which is also full of diversity," Boy gave an example. (trs/nas/t_alf)