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Jakarta Post

Are Muslims following the Prophet or the Bedouin?

  • Shafa Elmirzana

    Professor at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University UIN Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, April 13, 2018   /  03:14 pm
Are Muslims following the Prophet or the Bedouin? Students of Baitul Mustofa Islamic boarding school recite the Quran outdoors by lamp light. (JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)

Instead of leading to secularized states, the world now is as fervently religious as it was, and in some places more so than ever. 

Today, religion is one of the most powerful and pervasive forces on Earth. Indonesia is no exception. 

Most of us want to believe that our own religion is the right one. Unfortunately, “what is wrong” with other religions often takes center stage rather than a mind-set of “what is right with our religion”, leading instead to neglect of practicing the “right” teaching of one’s own religion. 

As Muslims observe Isra Mi’raj, or the birth of Prophet Muhammad, on Friday (dated Rajab 27 on the Islamic calendar), it’s worth reflecting on this issue. 

Many Muslims have read the Quran page by page in its original Arabic text. They beli...

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