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Jakarta Post

Muhammadiyah braces for second wave of reform after 100 years

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 26 2009   /  01:28 pm

In conjunction with the centennial celebration of Muhammadiyah, The Jakarta Post's Sri Wahyuni spoke with chairman Din Syamsuddin on Wednesday about various issues related to one of Indonesia's largest Islamic organizations. The following is an excerpt from that interview. Question: How do you see the significance of the centennial for Muhammadiyah? Answer: Being 100 years old for an organization like Muhammadiyah is indeed very meaningful because age has shown a cycle of changes. Entering the second century of its existence, therefore, offers momentum for the organization in the future, to look back but step forward. What challenges do you see ahead? One of the biggest internal challenges could be the saturation caused by our 100-year existence. As the 100 years were used to develop initial thoughts, stagnancy could emerge at both the levels of thought and action. ...