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The World Interfaith Harmony Week

The World Interfaith Harmony Week held on Sunday (6/2/11) at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, to build religious harmony in a world without violence. The World Interfaith Harmony Week was an initiative of King of Jordan Abdullah II at the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) around September 2010 which was held at the beginning of February.

The event was attended by representatives of religious leaders, including Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Slamet Effendy Yusuf, Chairman of the Commission on Inter-Religious Relations and Trust of Indonesian Prelates Conference (Konferensi Waligereja Indonesia) Mgr Petrus Canisius Mandagi, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Confucian Religion (Matakin) Wawan Wiratma, Vice Chairman of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) I Dewa Putu Sukardi and the Secretary General of the Indonesian Buddhists Representatives (Walubi) Philip Wijaya. Also Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas, Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Marzuki Alie, Chairman of the House of Regional Representatives (DPD), Irman Gusman, and the Secretary General of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), William Vandley.

"We believe that it is an expression of religious community to support diversity in Indonesia," said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo pantia Pr as committee chairman at the opening ceremony. It hoped that the activities of religious leaders supporting the government's work in building communal harmony among religious believers in Indonesia.

Organized by the Inter Council of Indonesia (IRC), the event was started by a traditional Chinese dance i.e. Lion Dance and the national anthem Indonesia Raya. Then, the religious leaders gave speech.

General Chairman of Muhammadiyah's central leadership, is also Chairman of the Presidium of the Inter-Religious Council (IRC), M Din Syamsuddin hoped that The World Interfaith Harmony Week encouraging the dialogue among religious believers to create harmony in Indonesia. "It could form a familiarity to all of us the religious people."

The inter-faith harmony must be constantly improved and developed by elements of Indonesian society without exception. The theme of The World Interfaith Harmony Week was "Harmony in Diversity" to support the realization of inter-faith harmony.

According to him, Indonesia has a capital as plural nation to realize the interfaith harmony that exists despite it disrupted several time phases. For example, the beginning of the reform movement, there were conflict in Ambon (Maluku) and Poso (Central Sulawesi). "We must build unity through religious life."

After his speech, the event became crowded since there were martial arts performances from Tapak Suci Putera Muhammadiyah and Balinese Kecak dances.

Slamet said that the interfaith harmony is very important to realize peace. "Harmony can be achieved if there is economic justice, political, and social," he said. Religious leaders together with elements of society should strive to achieve justice in society.

Meanwhile, Irman said that the World Interfaith Harmony Week is a commitment and concern for the world community in promoting the values of mutual trust and understanding among various religions. The goal is to create a world order of peace and harmony. "A world without violence, terrorism, interfaith conflict, and war," he said.

It took a joint effort between religious leaders and leaders of state institutions (executive, legislative, and judiciary), civil society, mass media, non-government organizations (NGOs), activists or democracy activists to achieve it. "We all get together, respect differences as a gift, eliminate suspicion, and build mutual understanding between each other."

In the midst of these diverse national problems (whether of poverty, unemployment, corruption, and injustice in economic, legal, and social), then the role of religious leaders are very important to provide enlightenment and being a role model for people, build confidence in themselves and others , as well as invite people to do good and keep away from bad deeds.

It was similar to the statement that given by Taufiq. He said that Indonesia is lucky being awarded of five religions which embraced by society. These boons must be maintained through the brotherhood provided that it remains to cling to the Pancasila, the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia Year 1945, and Unity in Diversity.

Marzuki welcomed the means establishment of interfaith communication, the Indonesian IRC. Religion becomes the benchmark of youth character development in the future. "We create harmony among religious believers though we are different. Through the religion it is also expected to teach morals in order to prevent our generation does not do corruption."

The World Interfaith Harmony Week enlivened by a number of celebrity such as Rossa, Edo Kondolegit, Delon, Iis Dahlia, Cici Paramida, Kristina, Debu, and Trio Fatimah that accompanied by Dwiki Darmawan orchestral music.

The Prophetic Role

To the press before the show, Din said that the religious leaders in Indonesia have voiced a variety of national problems, like poverty and corruption. This prophetic role is not practical politics, but the politics of nationality or proselytizing politics.

"Speaking of poverty, corruption as a bad thing and crimes against the people, religious leaders must speak it loud. It was not a practical politics, but politics of nationality or proselytizing politics, "he said. Moral movement of interfaith who voiced by religionists are an actualization of the religions prophetic mission.

The religionist has a task to remind anyone who is less capable and agile, including the government. Regardless of any interests, the religionist indeed consciously did it for the common good. It has been long time that the religionist did not perform their critical role. During this time, religionist tended to take the role of motivator, legitimator, and even justifikator on policies, programs, and even the desire of power.

It was reported that the religious leaders were fret because the government lied. The government has not proved his commitment to deal with various national problems, such as law enforcement, eradicating of corruption, exporting of labor, respecting for human rights, and improving of people's welfare. Their views surfaced during a meeting of religious leaders which was initiated by The Maarif Institute in the Central Executive Office of Muhammadiyah, Jakarta (Kompas, 11/1).

01 Maret 2011
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