The Compartmentalized Ummah: The Common Concern, The Need To Talk Among The Elites
11 March 2011
The emotional uproar of the
Islamic political arena is becoming increasingly
livelier. The terrorism, Senayan political stage, MUI
(Majelis Ulama' of Indonesia), insulting of
religion and even issues of apostasy become news items
that are packed with public attention. But the map is
very easy to read. All lead to a reality that this
ummah has been divided.
The group of Muslims who are
concerned with the Shari'ah and are
struggling in their own way, are forced to feel the
bitter pill in the form of hostility from the security
forces. They are being hunted, put behind bars and
even killed sadistically on-camera belonging to news
reporters. This heavy trial has to be undergone alone,
because the supports from the ummah are very
quiet. There is no resistance from outside the iron
bars, because the other movements move within their
own selves, separated from one another.
While the Islamic group that
choose the path of the (political) party are busy with
their target of poking their cadres in Senayan. Being
dialectical with various other groups of differing
ideologists. Sounding off to contest ideas for the
success of Islam. But many people doubt their
intentions because the reality always say something
else. Those activists are engrossed in polemics,
discourses and politics, in the name of strategy and
camouflage which are confusing.
On a different angle, there are
Muslims who flay their own brothers in the name of
da'wah and advices. No matter how big the
contributions of their brothers are, in the name of
erroneous manhaj, their honours are finished
off in the open spaces. There is no bayan
(giving clarification), confirmation or tabayun
(obtaining clarification)with the relevant party.
Harsh and often leaving deep wounds.
The movements of this ummah
can not be in uniform. Each are busy with their own
affairs. The younger generation also lags far behind,
because they are untouched by the da'wah that
is desired. They are dissolved by the music, films and
all sort of opiating entertainments. Masjids are
deserted, nobody comes near the musollas.
Their activities are lulled by the intoxicating virus
of 'love'. While the great communal works are
abandoned because of the never-ending disagreements.
We appeal to Allah for His help
and hidayah. So that this great ummah
are able to move in the same rhythm. In the same tune
with each other and according to what was envisaged.
Mutually filling the gaps and mutually helping to
lighten the loads. Indeed, this is not an easy road,
but also not impossible to be accomplished.
The Common Concern
There should be a common concern
in viewing the condition of this ummah.
Opening our eyes to our position in the midst of the
global politics. That the Islamic ummah in
Indonesia are still far from what was expected.
Whether in terms of communal, social, political or
economic system. From this common concern it is hoped
that there are concerted efforts to mobilize the
potentials that we have, for the journey to become
more compact and in uniform.
The Need To Talk Among The Elites
If it is very difficult for the
movements today to reconcile in the elite level, then
we are expecting it from the successor generations
ahead. Maybe those who are senior have always been
egotistic. Difficult to be invited for a cooperation
and only wants to win alone. Then, to their successor
generation, it is hoped that they are more willing to
open up. So that they are willing to cooperate and not
being selfish. Mapping out the struggle of the Islamic
ummah to the future. So there will be no more
compartmentalization, but what we will have is an
alignment of the movements. Who will be doing what, so
that no energy is wasted.
These two steps will have a major
impact for the Islamic movements in Indonesia, that
subsequently they can focus on saving the nation.
Making Islam successful in the Nusantara (Archipelagos
in South East Asia). Becoming the highest fiduciary
(holder of trust) and regulating the life in a nation
and state with the Shari'ah of Islam. May
that great future goal be realized soon.
Original author: Burhan Sodiq