?On Thursday, December 11, 2014 the Embassy of Indonesia in cooperation
with the Indonesian Muslim Organization Nahdlatul Ulama, Special Branch in
Lebanon held a seminar entitled “The Rise of Radicalism in Islam in the Middle
East : How to Address the Problem through National Unity Perspective”, at Crowne
Plaza Hotel, Hamra Beirut.
The seminar featured discussions on the challenges confronted by the Middle
Eastern countries in the face of the rising radicalism in Islam resulted from
the conflict in the region, the role of Islam in maintaining peace in the
region, and in finding out the views from the speakers on how to address the
issue by upholding the principle of national unity.
In addition to the speakers, the seminar was enriched by panelists from Lebanese
and Indonesian Islamic Ulamma: Sheikh Hisham Khalifa, Director General of
Islamic Endowments of Dar el Fatwa; Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Amer Qabalan, Grand
Jaafarite Shiite Mufti; Sheikh Sami Abilmona, Secretary General of Irfan
Establishment of Druze Spiritual Council; Sheikh Hassan Abdullah, Chairman of
the Administrative Body of the Tajamo Ulamma; Sheikh Abdul Nasser Jabri, Rector
of Mahad Ad-Daawa Al-Jamii; and Indonesian Ulamma Sheikh Abdul Malik Madaniy,
Secretary General of the Syuro
Council of the Nahdlatul Ulamma in Jakarta (Indonesian Muslim Organization).
The seminar also supported by speakers from the Lebanese academician Prof.
Ahmad Nousally, Lecturer at the American University of Beirut, and Dr. Mohammad
Chamseddine, Political Researcher of the Information International Sal.
Participating in the seminar were several foreign ambassadors and diplomats,
religious figures in Beirut and Tripoli, Islamic and general universities
students, and Indonesian students in Lebanon.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, Indonesian
Ambassador to Lebanon Dimas Samodra Rum said that many Muslims that turns
into radicalism some are due to their unfortunate political, economic, and socio-cultural
circumstances. They feel that they are being treated unfairly by the system,
not only politically but also economically. Meanwhile, in the socio-cultural
context, many Muslims lost their orientation towards what Islam really are, due
to the heavy socio-cultural influence from outside his/her core believe system
of Islam. In this situation radicalism seems to offer solution in the form of
counter attack to the outside influence that was perceived as attacking them.
In that sense, the radicals feel that they are fighting in the name of Islam
and Allah to against what they perceived as deviation to the true way of
religion of Islam.
Rum asserting that the role of national unity as well as unity among the
followers of Islamic religion is as something that is really important to deter
extremism ideology. If the feeling of unity is prevailed among the followers of
Islam in the region, as well as the national cohesiveness within Muslims and
other religions in the countries, it can be somehow deterrence for extremism
ideology to easily enter the fabric of the society.
also expressed hope that the seminar will be able to contribute at least one
proposed answer among many other proposed solutions to address the problem of
radicalism for the lasted peace in the Middle East, as well as in the Islamic
Meanwhile all the speakers in the seminar share the same views that moderation, tolerance,
open-minded must be uphold and implemented within Muslim society, and also highlighted
the importance of a continuous dialogue among Muslim to overcome radicalism.
Islam is peace, it’s a religion of peace in which every Muslim must not either
hurt, threat, or kill other Muslim for being different because followers of
Islam are brothers and unite.
Source : Embassy of Indonesia in Beirut