Din Syamsuddin Terima Penghargaan dari Kemlu Jepang

Foto: Arief Ikhsanudin/detikcom

Foto: Arief Ikhsanudin/detikcom

Jakarta – Mantan Ketua Umum PP Muhammadiyah Din Syamsuddin mendapat Penghargaan Menteri Luar Negeri Jepang. Penghargaan itu diberikan oleh Duta Besar (Dubes) Jepang untuk Indonesia, Yasuaki Tanizaki di kediaman Dubes Jepang di Jl Daksa, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan.

“Penghargaan ini diberikan kepada individu atau lembaganya yang telah berkontribusi dalam hubungan Jepang dengan negara sahabat,” kata Tanizaki dalam sambutannya pada Jumat (30/09/2016).

Tanizaki menilai Din Syamsuddin berkontribusi dalam menjelaskan Islam kepada masyarakat dan pemerintah Jepang. “Bapak Din Syamsuddin beberapa kali berkunjung ke Jepang dalam kegiatan yang memberi pengertian tentang Islam. Bapak Din Syamsuddin berperan besar memberi pengertian Islam di Jepang, terutama terkait penyediaan makanan halal,” kata Tanizaki.

Din menjadi Presiden Asian Conference on Religion and Peace (ACRP) yang berpusat di Tokyo, Jepang. Organisasi ini terdiri dari 22 negara Asia.

Din Syamsuddin berterima kasih kepada pemerintah Jepang atas penghargaan yang diberikan kepada dirinya. Mantan Ketua MUI ini memuji harmonisasi di Jepang yang merupakan nilai dalam Islam.

“Jepang meski menghayati nilai Shinto tapi ada yang menganut Kristen Katolik Budha. Tapi sejauh yang saya ketahui sangat harmonis tidak ada masalah,” kata Din.

“Kami melihat Islam di Jepang. Sementara kami bertemu orang Islam di Indonesia. Kehidupan masyarakat Jepang sesuai dengan Islam. Kebersihan, kedisiplinan waktu. Semua adalah ajaran Islam,” Sambung Din Syamsuddin.


Arief Ikhsanudin – detikNews

Interfaith leaders committed to peace at Assisi summit

Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders applauded the “Spirit of Assisi” in interreligious meetings launched by Pope St. John Paul II thirty years ago in the Italian hill town. At the conclusion of a four day peace summit of interfaith leaders in Assisi, representatives who addressed the gathering thanked Pope Francis for, in the words of the Muslim representative from Indonesia, “his endless commitment for peace.” Pope Francis arrived in Assisi Tuesday morning to attend the final day of the meeting, organized by the Sant Egidio lay community.

img-20160921-wa0012Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian Council of Ulama, expressed “high appreciation” to the lay Community of Sant’Egidio for “having kept alive the spirit of Assisi” by organizing the event each year. Noting that Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country, Chairman Syamsuddin said the cooperation “has brought concrete fruits of peace such as our common work in interfaith dialogue, peace education among youth, peace process and conflict resolution in Mindanao, South Philippines.”

Violent extremism in the name of religion is an abuse of religion

The gathering each year has helped moreover, he added, “to materialize our common ideals for peaceful coexistence and collaboration. To say, and to show, with concrete actions, that violent extremism in the name of religion is indeed misuse and even abuse of religion. Never violence can use the name of religion, never!”

The Spirit of Assisi, he insisted, “is the true dialogue of life that should be continued for the sake of our world,” and he added, “we want to strengthen our commitment for this noble cause. Let’s walk together in unity and diversity on the path to peace.”

Jewish Rabbi: despite diversity, it is possible to become friends and live in peace

In his remarks, Rabbi Brodman, Chief Rabbi of Savyon, Israel, recalled his own childhood at a Nazi concentration camp, and his frequent talks to young people today “because [he] who does not know history is condemned to repeat it.” The Spirit of Assisi, he affirmed, “is the best example for humility and holiness and it is the answer to the tragedy of the Shoah and of every war.”
In Assisi, he stressed, “we say to the world that it is possible to become friends and to live together in peace, even if we are different.” With the courage of dialogue, he said, conflicts can be prevented and a human world created “where everybody can recognize in others the image of God.”

Anglican Archbishop: listen, eat, come and trust

In an ecumenical prayer ceremony in Assisi, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby reflected on the misconception in today’s world that money makes one rich: “We think ourselves rich. Our money and wealth is like the toy money in a children’s game: it may buy goods in our human economies which seem so powerful, but in the economy of God it is worthless. We are only truly rich when we accept mercy from God, through Christ our Saviour.”
And, he offered this consideration about Europe: “The greatest wealth in European history has ended in the tragedies of debt and slavery. Our economies that can spend so much are merely sandy foundations. Despite it all, we find dissatisfaction and despair: in the breakdown of families; in hunger and inequality; in turning to extremists. Riddled with fear, resentment and anger, we seek ever more desperately, fearing the stranger, not knowing where to find courage.”
God, he said, “offers wealth that is real and will bring satisfaction.” In order to receive God’s mercy, one must listen to the “most helpless and the poorest;” eat “above all in the Eucharist, in sharing the body and blood of Christ;” come to the Lord and trust in His mercy. “When we receive mercy and peace,” he said, “we become the bearers of mercy and peace.”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I: need for examination of conscience

In his remarks, the Patriarch Archbishop of Constantinople said peace “needs a few cornerstones to uphold it even when it is endangered.”

“There can be no peace without mutual respect and acknowledgment,” he added. “There can be no peace without justice; there can be no peace without fruitful cooperation among all the peoples in the world.”
He also said peace comes from “mutual knowledge and cooperation”, and spoke of the need for the leaders gathered in Assisi to revive these.

“We need to be able to ask ourselves where we may have been wrong, or where we have not been careful enough; because fundamentalisms have risen, threatening not only dialogue with others, but even dialogue within our own selves, our very own consciences. We have to be able to isolate them, to purify them, in the light of our faiths, to transform them into richness for all,” he said.

Buddhist priest: prayers and dialogue a “shortcut to peace”

91 year old Koei Morikawa Tendaizasu, Supreme Priest of the Tendai Buddhist Denomination of Japan described being able to pray with world religious leaders at these interfaith meetings as “one of the most joyous occasions” of his life.

“History has shown us that the peace attained by force will be overturned by force,” he observed. “We should know that prayers and dialogue are not the long way but the shortcut to peace…We cannot, however, overlook the current world movements which separate dialogue from unity and cooperation and demand isolation and power.”
“In order to create a world with virtue where abhorrence exists and with love where hatred exists, we clergy must pray together hand in hand and continue to do our very best.”

Victim of Syrian war: Before, there was no difference between Christians and Muslims

One of the many victims of conflict attending the summit, Tamar Mikalli described being heartbroken when saying the name of her home city of Aleppo, Syria.

“I remember my many Muslim and Christian friends. Now distinctions are made between Christians and Muslims, but before the war there was no difference. Everyone practiced his or her own religion, in a land that formed a mosaic through different cultures, languages and religions.”

“When the heavy bombings were close to our houses,” she said, “we met with our neighbours, sharing bread and water, the most precious goods that go missing during wartime. We encouraged each other and prayed.” She explained how she and her family escaped to Lebanon and then finally were given refuge in Italy where they are doing their best to integrate, and asked for prayers “for peace and love to return to Syria and all over the world.”

Archbishop of Assisi: need for a “world-scale policy of brotherhood”

Archbishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino, described the interfaith summit as offering “a spirit of prayer, understanding, and peace that aims at being an answer in a world darkened by many wars. Wars that sometimes, improperly, even blasphemously and in satanic ways, weave religious banners.”

Addressing Pope Francis, Archbishop Sorrentino said, “during this year…you have taught us to live this culture of peace as the culture of mercy. That is a culture of love, capable of caring, of being moved, and of forgiving, according to the Evangelical beatitude: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”.

By practicing and testifying to our religious beliefs and by respectfully listening to those of others during such meetings, he said, “we have experienced true friendship.”

“But we need to go further. Our friendship must turn into a contribution for a world-scale policy of brotherhood.”
“Is it possible,” he asked, “for humanity to perceive itself as one single family? We believers think it is possible. This is the motive for our work, while we search for what unites us together and disregard what divides us.”

Source: Vatican Radio


Pope, Refugees and Religious Leaders Pray for Peace

ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSISI, Italy — Sep 20, 2016, 2:50 PM ET

img-20160921-wa0013Pope Francis met with war refugees and religious figures on Tuesday in Assisi, the Italian hometown of the tolerance-preaching St. Francis, for a day of prayers for peace, openness toward refugees and calls for religions to marginalize fundamentalism.

He lamented in a prayer service in St. Francis Basilica that refugees from conflicts often receive “the bitter vinegar of rejection.”

“Who listens to them? Who bothers responding to them?” Francis said. “Far too often, they encounter the deafening silence of indifference, the selfishness of those annoyed at being pestered, the coldness of those who silence their cry for help with the same ease with which television channels are changed.”

Throughout his papacy, Francis has decried those who turn their backs on those fleeing wars and poverty.

Orthodox leader Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, exhorted fellow participants to work to isolate fundamentalisms, which threaten “our very coexistence,” from their religions.

img-20160921-wa0012A Muslim speaker, Din Syamsuddin, president of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, lamented that lack of peace in the world is expressed in injustice, terrorism and other evils, and that some groups use the name of Islam to carry out violent acts.

Francis told participants: “Peace alone is holy, not war!”

Later, the names of countries where war or other violence is raging were read aloud, in alphabetical order, with a tall, slender candle lit for each place. Places cited included Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine and Mindanao in the Philippines.

Participants signed an appeal to the world’s leaders to eliminate the “motives” of war such as greed for power and money, including in the arms business, and the thirst for vengeance.

Earlier, after chatting individually with each of dozens of participants, Francis dined with them in the Franciscan convent. The diners included 12 refugees from war and conflicts in Nigeria, Eritrea, Mali and Syria.

At the end of the day, an Armenian woman from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo addressed the participants. Tamara Mikalli said that when she pronounces the name of her city her “heart tightens.” She recounted that she fled with her family to Lebanon after their house was bombed and reached Italy thanks to a “humanitarian corridor” that saw Syrian refugees flown from Lebanon.

Another woman, from Eritrea, identified only as Enes, recounted that during lunch the pope asked each of the refugees how they reached Italy. “I told him I made a voyage in boat, navigating in the Mediterranean after crossing the desert,” the Italian news agency quoted her as saying.

Still another participant in Assisi was a young girl, identified only as Kudus, who had already met the pope. She was one of 12 Syrian refugees who flew to Italy with the pontiff from Lesbos, the Greek island where thousands of refugees landed after fleeing across the Mediterranean on smugglers’ boats.

Christians, including the pope, prayed in the basilica, while those from other religions, including Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others, prayed elsewhere in the town. For centuries, Assisi has drawn admirers of the saint who abandoned family wealth for an austere existence of preaching tolerance.

Flanking the pope in the basilica was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who decried how despite much wealth, people in Europe experience “dissatisfaction and despair, in the breakdown of families, in hunger and inequality, in turning to extremists.”

Earlier this week, Pope Francis urged people worldwide to pray on Tuesday for peace, whenever they could.

Francis took his papal name from the saint who was born in the Umbrian hill town, where Franciscans from the religious order founded by the medieval saint care for the basilica and its renowned artworks. St. John Paul II established the inter-religious prayer gathering in Assisi in 1986.


Frances D’Emilio reported from Rome | AbcNews


Muslim leaders tell petropowers to lead on climate change


The Islamic declaration was issued at a summit in Istanbul (Flickr/Christopher L.)

Islamic declaration on climate change says rich and oil producing states must lead according to religious principles

By Megan Darby

Islamic leaders from 20 countries issued a declaration on climate change at a summit in Istanbul on Tuesday.

They called on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to protect the world’s equilibrium, or mīzān, in line with religious teaching.

That meant phasing out greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible”, they said, shifting away from fossil fuels to clean sources of energy.

In a pointed message to the Islamic petropowers of the Middle East, they added well-off and oil producing nations should lead the way.

Drawing on Islamic texts, the declaration highlights the duty of Muslims to act as stewards of Allah’s creation.

It ends with a quote from the Qur’an:

“Do not strut arrogantly on the earth
“You will never split the earth apart
“Nor will you ever rival the mountains’ stature”

Qur’an 17: 37

The declaration was finalised after a day of speeches and discussions between more than 60 participants and organisations. Signatories include the grand muftis (top religious law officials) of Uganda and Lebanon.

Din Syamsuddin, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, summed up the message: “The climate crisis needs to be tackled through collaborative efforts, so let’s work together for a better world for our children, and our children’s children.”

Interspersed with quotes from the Qur’an, the document sets out demands on political and business leaders, as well as ordinary Muslims.

Rich and oil states should phase out their emissions “no later than the middle of the century” and provide “generous” support to help the poor go green, it says.

IMF: Saudi Arabia should rely less on oil

The remarks throw down a challenge to Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, which in protecting its oil interests is often seen as obstructive to the climate agenda.

Ebrahim Rasool, former ambassador from South Africa to the US and founder of the World for All Foundation, told RTCC religious values trumped those interests.

“That is the very important reason that it is a theology-founded declaration, so it can appeal to the higher sensibilities within our oil producing states,” he said.

“It tries to ring the bell of urgency with them… to start preparing for a post-oil economy.”

“We need to put the narrative in the common language of the people” – Nana Firman, Greenfaith

Framing the climate challenge through an Islamic lense is also important for action on the ground, according to Nana Firman, environmental campaigner and Greenfaith fellow.

Working for WWF in Indonesia to help rebuild communities after the 2004 tsunami, Firman found top-down strategies failed because they did not fit with the Islamic traditions of the Aceh people. She advocated for a more tailored approach.

“We need to put the narrative in the common language of the people,” she told RTCC.

Talking about sustainability or carbon emissions, “people could care less,” she said. “But when we put it in a narrative based on religious teaching, they realise there is a direct connection to them.”

Many Muslims live in parts of the world that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, like Bangladesh and parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Abdulkadir Balonde, chairman of the Ugandan Supreme Muslim Council, sees it as a pastoral duty to protect his flock from such impacts.

“Our country is being affected severely by floods and landslides,” he told RTCC. “As a leader to a community, I have to put in some effort to see that each and everyone is well educated about how to protect the soil, the air and the water.”

Analysis: After Pope’s plea, what do other faiths think on climate?

It echoes a landmark intervention by Pope Francis in June, when he issued an encyclical calling on the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to support urgent action on climate change.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, who was heavily involved in drafting the encyclical, welcomed the initiative from his Islamic counterparts.

He said: “It is with great joy and in a spirit of solidarity that I express to you the promise of the Catholic Church to pray for the success of your initiative and her desire to work with you in the future to care for our common home and thus to glorify the God who created us.”

The UN’s top climate offical, Christiana Figueres, agreed Islam’s teachings could provide guidance on the right action to take.

“A clean energy, sustainable future for everyone ultimately rests on a fundamental shift in the understanding of how we value the environment and each other,” she said.



Sejak Awal Ragukan Sosok Suu Kyi



JAKARTA — Pernyataan Aung San Suu Kyi yang bernada rasis sangat mengagetkan banyak pihak. Ketua Pertimbangan Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) Pusat Din Syamsuddin sejak awal meragukan kesejatian Suu Kyi sebagai figur perdamaian yang sungguh-sungguh menampilkan wawasan kemajemukan, Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan co-eksistensi kepentingan secara damai.

Pernyataannya dimuat dalam buku The Lady and The Generals- Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom membuktikan kesanksian tersebut.

“Saya kira ucapannya tentang wawancara dengan Mishal Husain (presenter BBC Today) menunjukkan secara jelas bahwa watak dasar Suu Kyi bersifat ambivalen (mendua) terhadap perdamaian. Sejatinya dia tidak menyukai kelompok Muslim khususnya etnik Rohingnya di Rakhine, Myanmar,” ujarmya kepada Republika.co.id, Selasa (29/3).

Baik itu karena watak dasarnya, maupun karena ketakutan terhadap umat Budha di Myanmar yang berkaitan dengan hubungan politik. Din pribadi sudah lama meragukam kesejatiam orientasi perdamaian Suu Kyi. Pasalnya ketika krisis Rohingya terjadi, Suu Kyi diam seribu bahasa.

Tidak ada satu katapun yang keluar, baik mengecam atau mendukung. Padahal waktu itu banyak pihak, termasuk Din yang datang ke Yangoon meresmikan Inter-Religious Council (IRC) Myanmar. Din hanya menitip pesan agar Suu Kyi bersuara, baik sebagai tokoh perdamaian maupun tokoh politik di Myanmar.

“Tapi ternyata dia diam dan rupanya itu merupakan ekspresi politiknya dalam meraih suara di pemilu yang ia menangkan,” kata President Asian Conference of Religions for Peace. (ACRP) ini.

Rep: Qommarria Rostanti/ Red: Bilal Ramadhan

Sumber: Republika.co.id

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Din Syamsudin: We Must Not Hate LGBT Community

dinsyamsuddin_wpf5 (8)Jakarta – Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Din Syamsudin said that homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.

However, he urged both the government and religious institutions to “reach out” to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community through dialog instead of taking extreme, oppressive measures.

Related the plan to formulate a law to ban LGBT activities, Din said that the move is not needed in the near future.

“I don’t reject the plan, but it takes time,” Di said in Jakarta on Friday (4/3).

According to him, preventive approach is the most appropriate way to deal with the issue.

He also urged the state and community organizations to find ways to address the issue.

“I think we can use dialog, persuasive ways, and educative ways to approach the LGBT community,” he said.

He also urged Moslems not to mock the LGBT community.

In the meantime, Deputy Chairman of the National Commission of Human Rights said that the most important thing is that the state has to protect the LGBT community from violence actions against them.

Ahmad Faiz | Tempo.co

Din Syamsuddin: International Consultation on Multi-religious Humanitarian Action, 12-14 January 2016

Islam Hormati Hak-hak Kelompok Minoritas

Din Syamsuddin: International Consultation on Multi-religious Humanitarian Action, 12-14 January 2016

Foto: Doc. International Consultation on Multi-religious Humanitarian Action, 12-14 January 2016

JAKARTA – Ketua Dewan Pertimbangan Majelis Ulama Indonesia Din Syamsuddin menegaskan bahwa Islam sangat menghormati hak-hak kelompok minoritas agama lain yang tinggal di negeri mayoritas Islam.

Din juga mengharapkan agar negara-negara dengan mayoritas agama lain memberikan penghormatan dan pelayanan yang sama kepada umat Muslim sebagai minoritas di negara tersebut.

Hal itu disampaikan oleh Din melalui keterangan pers atas kunjungannya pada Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Countries di Marrakesh, Maroko, 25-27 Januari 2016.

Konferensi tersebut diselenggarakan oleh Kementerian Wakaf dan Urusan Islam Maroko dan Forum Promosi Perdamaian di Masyarakat Muslim pimpinan Syeikh Abdullah bin Bayah dan diikuti 300-an peserta ulama, cendekiawan Muslim, serta sejumlah tokoh non-Muslim dari berbagai negara dunia. Dari Indonesia, Din hadir bersama Amany Lubis dari Majelis Alimat Islam Sedunia.

Din menyatakan bahwa Piagam Madinah yang dibuat oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW mengangkat dua subtansi utama, yakni hak terkait harkat manusia sebagai manusia dan hak kebebasan beragama dan berkeyakinan.

Hak-hak itu kemudian diturunkan dalam hak-hak derivatif yang bersifat umum, termasuk hak mendapatkan perlakuan yang baik (muamalah hasanah).

Mantan Ketua Umum MUI itu menjelaskan bahwa sejak lahir Indonesia dengan mayoritas penduduk beragama Islam telah menerapkan prinsip tersebut. Prinsip ini juga menjadi bagian penting dalam konstitusi, sebagaimana tertera pada Pasal 29 UUD 1945.

Din yang menjabat Co-President of World Conference of Religions for Peace menyatakan, prinsip kemanusiaan Piagam Madinah perlu diintegrasikan ke dalam konstitusi atau produk-produk hukum negara-negara Islam. Ia juga mendorong agar prinsip itu diperjuangkan menjadi dokumen internasional.

Dia juga menekankan perlunya hak-hak minoritas Muslim di negara-negara mayoritas agama lain juga harus mendapat penghormatan dan pelayanan yang sama.


Din Syamsuddin, International Consultation

Ketidakadilan Global Jadi Akar Malapetaka Dunia

Din Syamsuddin, International Consultation

Foto: Doc. International Consultation, 12-14 Jan 2016

Marroko – Ketua Dewan Pertimbangan MUI Din Syamsuddin menegaskan bahwa Islam sangat menghormati hak-hak kelompok minoritas agama lain yang tinggal di negeri mayoritas Islam. Demikian pernyataan Din pada Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Countries, di Marrakesh, Morroko, 25-27/1. Konperensi yg diselenggarakan Kementerian Wakaf dan Urusan Islam Morroko dan Forum Promosi Perdamaian di Masyarakat Muslim pimpinan Syeikh Abdullah Bin Bayah yg berkedudukan di Abu Dhabi, diikuti 300an peserta terdiri dari ulama dan cendekiawan Muslim dan sejumlah tokoh non-Muslim dari berbagai negara dunia. Dari Indonesia, selain Din Syamsuddin juga hadir Prof. Amany Lubis dari Majelis Alimat Islam Sedunia.

“Konperensi ini bertolak dari Piagam Madinah yang dibuat Nabi Muhammad SAW dengan berbagai kelompok agama dan suku yg ada di Yatsrib waktu itu,”ujar Din

Din Syamsuddin dalam intervensi singkatnya pada konperensi menegaskan bahwa Piagam Madinah mengangkat dua subtansi utama, yakni hak terkait harkat manusia sebagai manusia, dan hak kebebasan beragama dan berkeyakinan. Dari keduanya terdapat hak2-hak derivatif yang bersifat umum, termasuk untuk mendapatkan perlakuan yang baik (muamalah hasanah), apalagi jika kalangan minoritas agama merupakan warga negara di negara2 Islam.

Dlm kesempatan itu, Din menjelaskan bhw Indonesia yg merupakan negara dgn mayoritas pendudukan beragama Islam telah sejak awal kelahirannya menerapkan prinsip demikian bahkan menjadi bagian penting dari konstitusi negara, seperti termaktub pada Ps 29 UUD 1945. Oleh karena itui, lanjut Din, prinsip kemanusiaan Piagam Madinah perlu diintegrasikan ke dalam konstitusi atau produk2 hukum negara2 Islam, bahkan diperjuangkan untuk menjadi dokumen internasional walau sdh ada DUHAM.

Din Syamsuddin yg  menjabat Co-President of World Conference of Religions for Peace, tidak lupa menekankan perlunya hak-hak minoritas Muslim di negara-negara mayoritas agama lain juga harus mendapat penghormatan dan pelayanan yg sama. Terakhir ini berkembang gejala menyedihkan terhadap Kaum  Muslim di beberapa negara Eropa dan Amerika, seperti pelarangan mendirikan masjid dgn menara, pelarangan memakai hijab, dan bentuk-bentuk Islamofobia lain, termasuk sikap berwawasan sempit dari Calon Presiden AS Donald Trump yg melarang orang Islam menjadi warga AS. Perdamaian Dunia yg sejati hanya akan terwujud melalui penegakan keadilan.

“Ketidakadilan global menjadi akar malapetaka dunia,” tegas Din Syamsuddin. (mu)

sumber: Suara Muhammadiyah


Donald Trump Kian Lama Kian Menggelikan

DT_437122_620Jakarta – Ketua Dewan Pertimbangan Majelis Ulama Indonesia (Wantim MUI) Din Syamsuddin menyebut wacana bakal calon Presiden AS dari Partai Republik Donald Trump soal pelarangan Muslim masuk ke Amerika Serikat menggelikan seperti lelucon.

“Ini menggelikan ada seseorang di era modern ini, era globalisasi ini, begitu sempit pikirannya dan ingin melarang sebagian orang memasuki Amerika,” kata Din di Jakarta, Rabu.

Menurut dia, cara pandang Trump ini sangat sempit di saat banyak pihak membuka diri dalam keberagaman, dan sikapnya tidak bisa diterima dunia.

Trump mengeluarkan pernyataan itu setelah terjadi penembakan massal oleh suami-istri Muslim di San Bernardino, California, Amerika Serikat.

Miliuner dan mantan bintang reality show televisi ini memang dikenal dengan retorika-retorikanya yang rasis dan anti-Islam.


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Represents Islam in Vatican conference on climate change

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Natural religion: Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin (second right) delivers a speech explaining an Islamic view of nature and the environment and human’s responsibility thereto during a conference on climate change and sustainable development at the Vatican on Tuesday. The conference gathered clerics from various religious backgrounds as well as scientists and researchers, politicians and businessmen. (Courtesy of Din Syamsuddin)

Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin has represented Islam at a conference entitled Protect the Earth Dignify Humanity: the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

The conference was held in Vatican City on Tuesday and was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Religions for Peace and the United Nations Sustainable Development Network, Din said in a statement on Wednesday.

There were some 100 participants, including diplomats, policy makers, scientists and researchers, businessmen and clerics. The event aimed to find a consensus on the significance of climate change to sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference, while the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, delivered the keynote speech. The event discussed science and technological perspectives, local and global practical aspects for solutions and the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development.

Din was a speaker in the session themed Justice and Responsibility, Moral Dimensions of Sustainable Development and Climate Change. The other speakers were Rabbi David Roshen from Israel, Olve Tveit of the World Church Council, Metropolitan Immanuel France from the Orthodox church, Rev. Kosho Niwano from Japan and Swami Brahmanda from India.

Din said that Islam was a religion of nature with some 750 of around 6,000 verses in the Koran mentioning nature and environment and all its inter-connections.

As well as presenting verses on the creation of the universe, biodiversity, and the balance in creation and the environment, Din highlighted a number of Islamic moral values and ethics key to sustainable development and environmental protection.

The principals included that nature and the environment were God’s creations and thus had a sacred dimension; that the earth was God’s blessing for humans, and that humans did not own it but were merely inhabiting it and borrowing it from the next generations. As such, Din argued, humans had to treat nature justly and responsibly for the benefit of future generations.

Din asked all parties to build a coalition to glorify the environment, involving clerics, politicians and businessmen, as well as other stakeholders. (nvn)