IAIN Palu Cultivates Islam Moderation for 1,600 Students, Supporting National Values

IAIN Palu Rector, Prof. Dr. KH. Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd delivered his remarks and direction to 1,600 new students in 2019, in a ceremonial matriculation, at the state Islamic university on Thursday.

The State Islamic Institute of Palu, Central Sulawesi, instilled national values in 1,600 new students in 2019, as an effort to form a moderate Muslim intellectual candidate, at the country's Islamic tertiary institution on Thursday.

The cultivation of national values combined with the concept of religious moderation, was carried out through matriculation for two days from Thursday-Friday, involving academics at the IAIN Palu campus.

"Matriculation is one of the stages of coaching which contains academic introduction, lectures and other methods. There is also a strengthening of nationalism. We want to instill nationalism, so that splinter and radicalism understandings are not easy to infect students," said Vice Rector for Academic and Institutional Development IAIN Palu, Dr. Abidin Djafar, Thursday.

Abidin said, matriculation became one of the stages of coaching for new students. It does not stop there, the stages of national development and religious moderation are also carried out in the Introduction to Campus Academic Culture (PBAK) and the lecture process thereafter.

"The introduction of Islamic moderation is carried out in a structured, systematic and massive manner, to new students. Now, the first door is Mahad Aljamiah and the second door is matriculation," he said.

The training is carried out continuously until the lecture stage. Abidin explained, this year the IAIN Palu curriculum is based on moderate Islam.

The spread of radical ideology adds to the challenges of IAIN Palu in maintaining the morale of the Indonesian Ministry of Religion, upholding Pancasila and Unity in Diversity.

Vice Rector for Academic and Institutional Development of the IAIN Palu Dr. Abidin Djafar, MAg, provided information relating to the inculcation and introduction of Islamic moderation as supporting national values for the integrity of the Republic of Indonesia, on tht ceremonial matriculation which was followed by 1,600 new students.

The Ministry of Religion refers to radicalism as one of the extreme ideals in the world of education which actually grows in public schools, with one of the triggers a small portion of religious education, so understanding of religion is not optimal and comprehensive. The portion of religious education in non-religious schools is generally only two hours each week so that religious material becomes less.

The State Intelligence Agency (BIN), revealed, around 39 percent of students from a number of universities had been exposed to radical understanding, in 2018. This was based on BIN research conducted in 2017.

The head of BIN, who was then held by Budi Gunawan, said that 15 provinces in Indonesia were the focus of the radicalism movement. From the survey, 24 percent of students and 23.3 percent of high school students obtained data agreeing with jihad to establish an Islamic state.

This is what later became one of the backgrounds of the Rector Prof. Dr. KH. Sagaf S Pettalongi developed an academic strategy to support students' intelligence efforts and so that their students were not exposed to radical ideas.

"We want students to understand Islam, like Islam taught and exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad. Namely, Islam Rahmatan Lil alaamin or Wasathiyah Islam, or in Indonesian is called moderate Islam," said Prof. Sagaf Pettalongi.

The Rector's desire to form students as intellectuals, moderate Muslims, with the concept of Islam Wasathiyah refers to the Quran Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 143.

Although there are no students exposed to radicalism and extremism. However, academic activities that lead to the formation of Islamic and Islamic Rahmatan Lilalaamin moderation insights continue to be highlighted.