MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA—President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir mentioned roles of Muhammadiyah in the independence of Indonesia such as roles in religious reform. The founder of Muhammadiyah K.H. Ahmad Dahlan got a lot of inspiration for religious renewal from Muhammad Abduh.
“That’s not true if someone accuses Muhammadiyah of being Wahhabi or Muhammadiyah people connect themselves to the belief. There was a phase when Muhammadiyah brought the idea of Wahhabi, but Kiai Dahlan’s thoughts were more dominant,” Haedar said in the National Dialog of Muhammadiyah Cadres conducted by the Muhammadiyah Council for Talent Scouting of Jawa Barat on Wednesday (18/8).
Muhammad Abduh and Ahmad Dahlan were often modernist, yet modern Islam based on Ahmad Dahlan’s thoughts is founding schools and hospitals, taking care of orphans, and establishing ‘Aisyiyah as a women’s organization.
Besides being modern, Ahmad Dahlan was moderate. It could be seen from his way of spreading da’wah to Javanese people and mingling with figures of Boedi Oetomo who inspired him to manage the organization. Indeed, he made friends with socialists such as Simaun.
“Kiai Dahlan was a reformer. That made him special. I’ve lived in Jogja for 46 years, learned Muhammadiyah, and mingled with many parties. I’ve found many colors of Islam in Indonesia,” Haedar said.