MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Extremism toward religion does not immediately vanish although existence of the 21st technology enables information to be widely open.
An exaggeration of extremism phenomena such as terrorism, sympathetic responses, and high enthusiasm for hard-line Islam portrays that the state cannot restrain religious extremist rate.
General Chairman of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir regarded that there must be an error in a deradicalization program as an approach utilized by this nation.
“The state fights for the radicalism through radical means,” criticized Haedar in a discussion forum of Faculty of Social and Political Science of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) and the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) on Thursday (19/11).
He also highlighted the deradicalization program which merely focuses on Islam and Muslims.
In fact, terrorism historically adheres to extremism thoughts, closed attitudes, and anti-dialogue which can emerge within various religious communities, political groups, and tribes.
“All of them have intersections with radical practices and terrorism. Thus, terrorism does not come from one religion. If the label remains, we will be over,” asserted Haedar. He also proposed to change a concept of ‘deradicalization’ to ‘moderation.’
Furthermore, Haedar contended that Muslims should to self-criticism and self-reflection on religious views of constructing a notion of prophetic jihad in contextual ghazwah and qital.
“It is necessary for Muslims as a majority to have reorientation,” recommended Haedar. He also suggested ceasing being sympathetic and simply justifying terrorism only because the targets are people who oppress Islam.
“All of us, including radical groups, should reflect. The state should make changes in paradigm and perspective. If we do not do it, the action will endure or may become a project. We have to be cautious but remain objective. A university should be a place to moderate the radicalism and terrorism,” affirmed Haedar.