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.

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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

19 December 2016 | 10.03 WIB

The Pancasila Paradigm in Koranic Interpretations

In understanding the text of the Koran, the context of where the Koran was revealed and in which space it is being applied to, must be thoroughly considered. This means that we should not ignore the context and the social reality that is being faced.

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16 December 2016 | 10.00 WIB

How Should Muslims Deal with Hoax in the Media?

One of the reasons behind the disunity of the ummah that is already reaching worrying levels at present, is the acceptance (without being critical) by someone, of the statement or news report from somebody else and these statements or news report trigger disputes. How much… | More

28 November 2016 | 10.12 WIB

Do Terrorists Have a Religion?

The series of acts of extremism that has swept Jordan, Istanbul, Bangladesh, Baghdad, Medina and Solo in the past month has forced the majority of Muslims to be in denial, saying that “terrorism has no religion” or that Islam does not advocate violence, or even… | More

25 November 2016 | 10.17 WIB

Tahlil as a Prevention Against Fundamentalism

Among the nahdliyyin, members of the Nahdlatul Ulama, one of their most popular rituals is what is known as tahlil. Literally, tahlil carries a very simple meaning, that is to recite la ilaha illa-l-Lah (There is no God but Allah). In its development, especially in the… | More