08 June 2017 | 09.55 WIB

Critiquing the Notion that the Hadith Legitimizes the Killing of Non-Muslims

As a source of law and principles regulating the lives of Muslims, the al-Quran had revealed that Allah SWT created diversity amongst men including race, ethnicity, religion and language. This heterogeneity must therefore inspire men to mutually share and help each other. And not to… | More

08 June 2017 | 09.52 WIB

KH Ma’aruf Amin: Terrorism is not Jihad, Jihad is not Terrorism

Contemporary terrorism is based on religious misinterpretation and distortions, particularly with the concept of Jihad. It is also erroneous that Jihad should be conducted globally as if the world is in a state of war and thus requiring Jihad.   These points were emphasized by… | More

20 February 2017 | 14.40 WIB

Islam and Climate Change

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height. (Al-Isra’ :37) More than one year ago, to be exact on August 17-18, 2015, Muslim intellectuals from various countries gathered… | More

16 February 2017 | 10.21 WIB

When Muslims Take Part in Taking Care of a Chinese Temple

That morning, accompanied by my friend Dr. Zainuddin Prasojo and his students, I took a motorized canoe know locally as “perahu Kelotok” along rivers and the Karimata Strait to go to a Chinese Temple that is uniquely located in the middle of the sea, near… | More

26 January 2017 | 10.35 WIB

Fatwas and Legal Flexibility in Islam?

After the conquest of Irak and what was known as Syam, during the time of Caliphate Sayyidina Umar ibn Khattab, the friends of the Prophet were faced with the problem of what they would have to do with the land they had seized in the… | More

23 January 2017 | 10.23 WIB

Aswaja, NKRI and Myth of the Majority

Islam Ahlussunnah wal-Jama'ah (Adherents to the Sunnah and the Community, or: Aswaja) annahdliyah is part and parcel of the Unitary State o the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI.) It is impossible to imagine an NKRI established without Aswaja as its software. The founders of Nahdlatul Ulama… | More

18 January 2017 | 08.37 WIB

The Hijab in History, is Not a Mere Piece of Cloth

Just recently, a short video circulated in the social media. It was about a simple test related to the donning of the Hijab, the Muslim headscarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear. In Indonesia, the Hijab is more popularly known… | More

13 January 2017 | 13.56 WIB

Polygamy is Not an Islamic Tradition

Polygamy is not a practice that was engendered by Islam and Islam did not initiate polygamy. Long before Islam came into being, the tradition of polygamy had already long been part of the practice of patriarchal civilizations across the world. A patriarchal civilization is one… | More

09 January 2017 | 10.24 WIB

Putting the Nationalism of Devout Indonesian Muslims Students in Doubt

Many people are of the opinion that being a santri, or a devout Muslims students, automatically means having forgotent about nationalism. They are of this opinion because in their daily life at the pesantren, santris are only dealing with books on traditional Islam, be that… | More

23 December 2016 | 10.32 WIB

The Context of Cornering Infidels on the Road

Abu Hurairah joined with the Prophet in Medina in the seventh Hijriah year and stayed with him for a period of about three years before the demise of the Prophet. Within this relatively brief period, according to the notes of Iman Dzahabi, Abu Hurairah had… | More