MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, RIAU – Dynamics in this era should be confronted because modernity and globalization often lead people to not only question the relevance of religion but also overlook their local wisdom.
President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir believed it’s necessary for Muhammadiyah, the enlightenment movement, to respond to the condition through encouraging creative cultural approaches.
Reactive and traditional approaches will drive youths to expunge the religion and culture.
Indeed, some groups of people consider that culture is asymmetric, and it’s against religion.
“I wonder whether most of today’s generations are lost generations who forget their culture. Thus, Muhammadiyah should revive the it because Indonesian culture, in fact, is religious culture,” declared Haedar at the gathering of Shawwal 1442 AH conducted by Muhammadiyah Regional Board of Riau on Wednesday (2/6).
“This is crucial. Due to demographic changes, will the generation be familiar with Muhammadiyah in the future? Millennials, including ones in Riau, may get unfamiliar with Muhammadiyah because this movement isn’t there,” he expressed.
He also recommended that it’s necessary to promote the cultural approach. Indeed, the Muhammadiyah Congress 2015 in Makassar issued guidelines for community-based da’wah.
“We have to stick together, strengthen our ideology and principles, and get more inclusive. Kyai Dahlan had broad networks. We should our potential to broaden our da’wah scope. We have to work together so that people know Muhammadiyah no matter what their group, political preference, orientation, or race is,” emphasized Haedar.