UI Rector: Muhammadiyah Must be Progressive-Liberative

Author : Humas | Sunday, November 22, 2009

           Rector of University of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri said that Muhammadiyah should be open to progressive-liberative ideas. Thus, Muhammadiyah would be able to restore themselves as Islamic reform movement that is conscious of the burden of history. "Do not be an exclusive-textual Islamic organization. So, no need to worry with progressive thinking of youngster of Muhammadiyah because actually it is reasonable as a reflection of intellectual euphoria," said Gumilar when delivering his paper last night (11/21) in UMM.

           Gumilar presented at UMM becoming one of the speakers of pre-congress seminar of A Decade of Muhammadiyah. The seminar opened by the General Chief of Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Prof. Dr. Din Syamsudin would be held this day. Besides Gumilar, speaker who had given the material was Dr. Haedar Nasir (Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Leadership). While today, it was scheduled to present speakers Prof. Dr. Fauzan Saleh, MA; Prof. Dr. Chamamah Soeratno, and Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin. In the second session later, the speakers would be Dr. Moeslim Abdurrahman, Dr. Yunahar Ilyas and Prof. Dr. Amien Abdullah. The last session before the closure would be Prof. Dr. Ahamad Jainuri, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Anwar and Prof. Dr. Syafiq A. Mughny.

           The seminar was attended by the Regional Chairmans of Muhammadiyah of Indonesia and Regional Leadership of East Java. This was a kind of "warming" seminar to contribute ideas which would be discussed in Congress of Muhammadiyah on July next year in Yogyakarta.

Furthermore, Gumilar emphasized dialogue between generations within Muhammadiyah. It is because Muhammadiyah like it or not must prepare future generations for sustainability of the organization. The elderly and young people should build synergies to do religious and cultural works.

           Interestingly, the youngest Rector in the history of UI concluded that the methodology of tajdid in Muhammadiyah must be implemented by institutions of higher education in Indonesia. Methodology of Burhani, Bayani and Irfani to seek the truth can be a model for integrating family of exact sciences, social-humanities, and medical science with a concept he called horizontalism-substance.

           "Horizontalisme focuses on the convergence of science based on principles of ‘knowledge without walls’ that has two targets. First, it is to solve problems sharply and comprehensively. Second, it is to develop more specific new field," continued Gumilar.

           In the dialogue session, the horizontalism concept became interesting debate matter. A participant asked, for example, suing how this concept puts a reference of Al-Qur'an and As-Sunnah and natural verses. Gumilar argued, precisely the concept is relevant to answer the balance between the two. (nas/t_alf)

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