MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA — Kyai Ahmad Dahlan delved thoughts of Muslim scholars as Imam Shafi’i, Imam al-Ghazali, Ibnu Taimiyah, Muhammad Abduh, and Jamaluddin al-Afghani. President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir revealed the thoughts of Islamic scholars led to diverse unique thoughts of Ahmad Dahlan.
“Their thoughts inspired Kyai Dahlan. He’s brilliant, and when he met new parties with new views, he always gained new inspiration,” stated Haedar on Thursday (27/5).
Besides, when Kiai Dahlan visited Solo and saw scouting activities, he established Hizbul Wathan. When discussing a pastor Romo Van Lith, Kyai Dahlan was inspired to live in interfaith harmony. When he founded Penolong Kesengsaraan Oemoem (PKO/a Muhammadiyah hospital), he involved a Dutch doctor.
Boedi Oetomo figures impressed Kyai Dahlan to manage this movement. Indeed, he talked to socialists as Semaun. According to Haedar, Kyai Dahlan’s extensive networks molded his characters. He easily mingled with everyone from different backgrounds.
“Kyai Dahlan’s network was broad so that Muhammadiyah could be as big as Boedi Oetomo at that time, and Muhammadiyah could firstly publish Suara Muhammadiyah, a magazine, in 1915,” informed Haedar, who’s a professor at Universitas Muhammadiyh Yogyakarta (UMY).
Haedar concluded Kyai Dahlan, the Muhammadiyah founder, was an intellectual who loved learning and understood a lot of thoughts of people from various backgrounds. Having the strengths, Kyai Dahlan was a free-minded reformist.
“At the age of 55, his intelligence pioneered renewal of Islamic thoughts and tajdid practice,” he conveyed.