De-radicalization, The Effort To Extinguish: The Light Of Shari’a And Jihad In I
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
De-radicalization, The Effort To Extinguish: The Light Of Shari’a And Jihad In Indonesia
The attempts to extinguish the light of Islam started when the da’wah of Islam was first conveyed by Rasulullah SAW. It never stops and continues to these days in Indonesia. Since the issue of terrorists and terrorism was raised, the government of the RI (Republic of Indonesia) are so eager to put out the spirit of the implementation of Shari'a with da'wah dan jihad fie sabilillah. Through the institution of the POLRI and the anti-terror executor team i.e. Densus 88, which was jointly created with foreign countries, they brutally arrested the ulama’s of the Mujahideen and the Mujahideen, even killing and slaughtering them blindly and inhumanely. A former expert staff of the Kapolri (head of the Indonesian police), Anton Tabah, said that what usually made people extreme and radical are the verses of the Qur'an, QS. Al-Maidah (5): 44 ,45, 47 which read:
"If any fail to judge by what Allah has revealed, they are kafir." (QS. 5: 44)
"If any fail to judge by what Allah has revealed, they are dzalim." (QS. 5: 45)
"If any fail to judge by what Allah has revealed, they are fasiq." (QS. 5: 47)
"Where the kafir, dzalim and fasiq are the dwellers of hell. If someone has his understanding locked onto these verses in black and white, then he would become an extreme radical. It is from here that ‘the recruiter ustadz’ who recruits prospective members of terrorists, usually utilizes the naiveness of the public on their religion. This is one of the answers why the terrorism network in Indonesia is able to recruit new members." (Anton Tabah, KR Newspaper 14/8 2009)
The above verses is a correction on the attitude of the authorities who are Muslims and reluctant to obey the guidance of Allah and His Rasul, and give priority to the opinions and urges of their carnal desires than the Shari'a of Allah SWT. The mufassirin understand these verses as an obligation on the rulers to implement the Shari’a of Islam, those who deny and reject it are declared as Kafir if the denial was based on the confidence that the Shari'a of Islam is not suitable and has no good in it in order to regulate mankind.
The label Dzalim is applied for mankind, whether individuals or groups of people or the rulers who reject the Shari'a of Islam on the basis of belief that there is other law besides the Shari'a of Islam which is better and more suitable for the regulation of human life, then they choose the jahiliah or secular law as a replacement for the Shari'a of Islam.
The same goes with an individual or group of people who are labelled as Fasiq due to disobeying Allah and His Rasul. They know and believe in the truth of the law of Allah (Shari'a of Islam) and that it is the one and only law which is good and just for regulating mankind, but are refusing to practice it due to the dunya or worldly motivations. For instance, the state officials who fear being removed from office or his workplace to be transferred if he is inclined and involved in the movement of the implementation of the Shari'a of Islam.
Therefore, the above three verses have no relation with the objective, as well as motivation of terrorism. There was not even one mufassir since the time of the Sahabahs to the mufassir in today’s era who interpret the above verses like Anton Tabah. The above verses could not be made as justification for terrorism, whoever the actor and whatever the motivation is. Are the actions of the Densus 88 which persecuted, shot and killed the accused terrorists without any reason that can be legally justified, a justification by the Pancasila and UUD 45?
Therefore, linking the above verses with terrorism is clearly a fitnah and a blasphemy against the religion of Islam all at once. Likewise, judging the Mujahids who fought for the establishment of the Shari'a of Islam as terrorists or vice versa, positioning the terrorists as Mujahids, is clearly a negative and evil provocation. We worry that such an assumption could incite a new conflict where the political consequences are difficult to predict.
President SBY, in his state speech during the celebration of the 64th anniversary of the RI’s independence on 16th August 2009, stated that the sources of terrorism are backwardness, injustices and poverty. SBY did not touch on the involvement of a certain group or religious teachings as the trigger for terrorism in Indonesia at all.
However, unlike the comments of SBY, are the comments made by the intelligence apparatuses, including comments made by ambivalent Islamic figures. The emergence of the intelligence champions as of late such as Amsyad Mbai, Hendropriyono, Suryadarma, including Anton Tabah, who accused the religious understandings as the ideology of terrorism and not helping in solving the problems of terrorism. But on the other hand, they should be suspected as running the global agenda, as accomplices of the foreign imperialism and zionism. It is not impossible that by using the momentum of combating terrorism, they seek to cover the shame of their past which are brutal and sadistic against the Islamic movement by inserting and sowing fitnah. Consequently, what is considered as the danger from the crooked path of the terrorists for using religious teachings as justification of their actions, the security apparatuses are equally committing the same crookedness.
By examining the speech of Anton Tabah above, which hints at the Qur'an as the cause of radicalism, and the teachings of the Qur'an which have the most potential to cause radicalism and terrorism, in harmony with that view, are the teaching of Shari'a and Jihad. With that view, it means that the teachings of shari'a and jihad must be switched off or kept away from the lives of the Islamic ummah. If this happens, then it means that the government of the RI desires to extinguish the truth just like the condition of the kafir and mushrik during the time of Rasulullah SAW.
"They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it." (At-Tawbah: 32 and As-Saff 61:8)
Advices To The Government
The effort of de-radicalization, in which the purpose is to deter the shari'a and jihad in Indonesia, is not a wise and intellectual solution, instead it will lead to antipathy and hatred against the ruling government. Why not? Major problems which should be the center of attention such as the problem of corruption by the government officials, the issues of apostatization, the issue of the Century Bank case and the likes, are not even solved completely. And we are confident that this effort will fail and it will not achieve the target forever. Because Allah has guaranteed that His religion continues to shine and nothing can block its light from shining to every corner. Then the steps that should be taken by the government are;
1) By dissolving the anti-terror detachment which have made the Islamic ummah restless and scared to practice the shari'a of their religion because of the terror from the anti-terror detachment.
2) By arresting the terrorist personnels of the detachment who have brutally detained, shot and murdered the Islamic ummah who are suspected to be linked to terrorism, and prosecuting them in accordance with the effective laws intended for the real terrorists.
3) By facilitating the entire competent institutions and organizations, to solve the issues of terrorists and terrorism, from amongst the ulama's, mujahideens-the upholders of shari'a, academics and government to sit together discussing and solving the problems thoroughly.
4) And so that the government seriously make the effort to apply the Islamic Shari'a in Indonesia and into the constitution of the state.
Insha Allah, all those incidents that happen such as today will stop, all forms of corruptions, murders, robberies, calamities and disasters and etc. will be replaced by Allah with rahmah and barakah from Him. Allah says:
"And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened [i.e. bestowed] upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth." (QS. Al-A'raf : 96)
Thus, with that, this Indonesia will become a State which is called: Baldatun Toyyibatun Warabbun Gafur, A Good State Which Attains The Forgiveness Of Allah.