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

Ketua Dewan Pengarah Pergerakan Indonesia Maju, Prof. Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin

Din Syamsuddin ajak umat Islam peduli lingkungan

Ketua Dewan Pengarah Pergerakan Indonesia Maju, Prof. Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin

Ketua Dewan Pengarah Pergerakan Indonesia Maju, Prof. Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin

Jakarta – Ketua Dewan Pengarah Indonesia Bergerak Selamatkan Bumi (Siaga Bumi) Din Syamsuddin mengajak umat Islam untuk peduli terhadap lingkungan hidup.

“Manusia sebagai khalifah di muka bumi memiliki amanah dan tanggung jawab untuk memakmurkan bumi seisinya serta tidak hanya memanfaatkannya saja,” ujar Din di Jakarta, Senin.

Dia menjelaskan inti dari Islam yang memberikan rahmat bagi seluruh alam adalah Islam yang kehadirannya di tengah kehidupan masyarakat mampu memberikan rahmat di dunia maupun di akhirat melalui kedamaian dan kasih sayang bagi bumi.

“Umat muslim sebagai potensi terbesar bangsa yang seharusnya menjadi subjek sekaligus objek gerakan perlindungan dan pengelolaan lingkungan hidup dan sumber daya alam itu sendiri dengan kesadaran akan hak serta kewajiban dalam hal pelestarian lingkungan hidup dan pengelolaan sumber daya alam,” tambah dia.

Ketua Umum Dewan Penggerak Siaga Bumi, Hayu Prabowo, mengatakan MUI telah menetapkan Fatwa tentang Pengelolaan Sampah Untuk Mencegah Kerusakan Lingkungan.

“Salah satu ketentuan hukumnya adalah setiap muslim wajib menjaga kebersihan lingkungan, memanfaatkan barang-barang untuk kemaslahatan serta menghindarkan diri dari berbagai penyakit serta perbuatan tabdzir dan israf,” jelas Hayu.

Tabdzir adalah menyia-nyiakan barang/harta yang masih bisa dimanfaatkan menurut ketentuan syari ataupun kebiasan umum di masyarakat. Israf adalah tindakan yang berlebih-lebihan, yaitu penggunaan barang/harta melebihi kebutuhannya.

Hayu menghimbau umat Islam di bulan Ramadhan untuk dapat menjaga alam dengan mengonsumsi sesuatu dari alam seperlunya.

Sekretaris Umum Dewan Penggerak Siaga Bumi, Alpha Amirrachman, menambahkan bahwa selain bernilai ibadah, kepedulian ini penting untuk memelihara kesehatan tubuh yang sekaligus menjaga alam sebagai bentuk tanggung jawab khalifah di bumi.

“Kita perlu menghindari konsumsi yang berlebihan, misalnya jangan makan hingga terlalu kenyang, (memilih, red) membeli makanan lokal, mengurangi makanan impor karena makanan impor memproduksi banyak sampah seperti energi penyimpanan dan transportasi. Umat Islam perlu meningkatkan kepedulian akan lingkungan hidup,” kata Alpha.

Pewarta: Indriani | Editor: Suryanto |


Din Syamsuddin minta Densus 88 dievaluasi

den-88Kasus kematian Siyono, terduga teroris ditangan Densus 88 mendapat kecaman dari banyak pihak. Aparat Densus 88 dianggap paling bertanggung jawab atas apa yang menimpa Siyono.

Tokoh lintas agama, yang juga mantan Ketua Umum PP Muhammadiyah, Din Syamsudin mengecam tindakan Densus 88 yang dianggapnya terlalu berlebihan dan tidak mencerminkan penegak hukum yang memiliki profesionalisme dalam menegakkan hukum.

“Saya sepakat dengan apa yang dikatakan oleh Pak Mahfud MD, Densus 88 bukan malaikat pencabut nyawa,” kata Din di Jakarta, (Senin, 4/4).

Dia menyesalkan tindakan Densus 88, yang disebutnya begitu mudah seorang yang baru terduga teroris, tercabut nyawanya di tangan pasukan elite ini.

“Densus 88 sangat jelas melakukan pelanggaran HAM dan tidak menunjukkan profesionalitas,” imbuhnya.

Din menilai, penegakkan hukum yang dilakukan Densus 88 sudah tidak benar. Penjelasan yang diberikan oleh Mabes Polri dianggapnya sebagai sebuah penjelasan yang irasional dan tidak logis, karena mengatakan Siyono berusaha hendak melarikan diri.

Kalau proses pemeriksaan profesional dan menegakkan HAM, Siyono dikatakan Din tidak akan mati di tangan penegak hukum.

“Kalau alasannya mau melepaskan diri, ya kenapa borgolnya dilepas, kenapa tidak dijaga ketat,  ini merusak otak akal sehat kita, masyarakat bisa menilai,” kata Din.

Untuk itu, dia mendorong dilakukan evaluasi secara menyeluruh terhadap Densus 88 yang kinerjanya justru lebih memancing “pertempuran” dengan teroris, bukan mengatasi teroris agar tidak bertindak radikal lagi.
Tindakan-tindakan Densus tersebut dinilai Din akan memancing reaksi dari gerakan-gerakan radikal lainnya untuk terus berbuat melawan Negara. [sam]

Laporan: Muhammad Iqbal


Pendiri Kelompok Gafatar Mantan Narapidana

Jakarta Ketua Dewan Pertimbangan Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) Din Syamsuddin mengatakan kelompok Gerakan Fajar Nusantara (Gafatar) adalah aliran sesat. Hal itu juga telah dipertegas oleh fatwa MUI.

“MUI sudah mengeluarkan fatwa bahwa kelompok ini masuk kategori aliran sesat dan menyesatkan,” kata Din di Kantor Wakil Presiden, Jakarta, Rabu (13/1/2016).

Din pun meminta umat Islam dan masyarakat Indonesia untuk mewaspadai kelompok ini. Pihak keluarga harus memperhatikan sesamanya dan berupaya jangan sampai paham ini masuk ke keluarga mereka.

“Kepada masyarakat, khususnya umat Islam, untuk meningkatkan kewaspadaan. Khususnya secara internal dalam keluarga maupun dalam lingkaran-lingkaran organisasi termasuk kampus, sekolah, agar jangan ada yang terpengaruh oleh paham yang sesat dan menyesatkan,” tutur dia.

Polisi juga diminta menindak tegas kelompok Gafatar. Membuat orang hilang, ucap Din, termasuk perbuatan melanggar hukum.

“‎Saya kira ini sudah banyak informasi yang ada. Mereka pindah dari Jawa, Kalimantan, membangun kamp di sana yang harus ditindak secara tegas. Jelas ada pelanggaran hukum dan sementara itu saya kira tidak ada pilihan lain, kita meningkatkan kewaspadaan,” ujar Din.

Asal Muasal Gafatar

Din Syamsuddin menjelaskan pendiri kelompok Gafatar ini merupakan mantan narapidana.

“‎Gafatar ini ternyata ada tali-temali dengan sebuah gerakan yang beberapa tahun lalu menyebut Al Qiyadah Al Islamiyah yang dipimpin Ahmad Mussadeq, yang mengaku sebagai nabi baru setelah bertapa di Gunung Hede, dan ternyata menyimpang dan akhirnya dipenjara,” kata Din.

Setelah menyelesaikan masa tahanan, Mussadeq bergabung dengan aliran Milad Ibrahim.‎ Din menuturkan Ibrahim AS adalah Bapak Tauhid, bapak monoteisme yang merupakan akar dari agama samawi.

Namun ajaran tersebut berbeda dengan yang seharusnya. Ajaran serupa juga diadopsi oleh Gafatar.

“Gafatar membawa paham yang menyimpang dari agama-agama yang ada, khususnya Islam. Seperti tidak wajib salat, tidak wajib puasa, dan sebagainya. Tentu ini tidak bisa dibenarkan,” kata Din.**