MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA— Muhammadiyah has endeavored to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and cope with its impacts on all areas such as health, socio-economy, and religion. President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir mentioned one of the Muhammadiyah programs is to provide free vaccinations to all elements of this nation.
“Besides the interfaith vaccination services, Muhammadiyah helps funerals of the COVID-19 casualties from other religions. The actions show Muhammadiyah aspire to offer solutions to this nation during the pandemic,” declared Haedar.
The alarming COVID-19 cases rise in many countries including Indonesia. Thus, he urged all elements to raise their social solidarity regardless of their ethnic group, culture, religion, and nationality.
“We cannot exclusively think and work by ourselves. We have to be together to overcome this pandemic,” he firmly said.
Muhammadiyah has inclusive religious views of muamalah-duniwiyah (worldly affairs) because Islam discerns differences as media to know, love, tolerate, and help one another. The belief underlies the interfaith programs.
“The vaccinations and funerals are collective efforts to tackle this pandemic and to strengthen our unity,” he mentioned.
He also emphasized Muhammadiyah will always own the inclusive views and help people after the pandemic ends. This movement will always commit to promote moderate and progressive Islamic values which can reinforce the unity.
“Indonesia with Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) can be upheld by the unity of all elements of this nation. Muslims, as the majority, has become role models to put interests of the nation and state above interests of groups since the struggle for the independence until now,” he told.