Rector of IAIN: Washatiyah stem the Islam young generation from radicalism

IAIN Palu Chancellor Prof. Dr. H Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd was one of the speakers at the Moderating Workshop on Islam for Millennials organized by the Regional Office of the Ministry of Religion in Central Sulawesi, in Palu.

Rector of the State Islamic Institute (IAIN) in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Prof. Dr. Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd stated that the Islamic concept of Washatiyah is one of the solutions that must be put forward to stem the Muslim youth, in order to avoid radicalism and extremism.

"Islamic thought must be introduced to the younger generation, productive generation, which is the hope of the future of the nation," said Prof. Sagaf Pettalongi, in Palu, Friday.

Prof. Sagaf Pettalongi said that radicalism is an extraordinary crime committed by a person or group of people. This crime, does not grow or be born alone, but there is a process of cadre and radical understanding.

This notion tends to target the younger generation. The Ministry of Religion calls radicalism one of the extreme ideologies which in the world of education actually grows in public schools with one of the triggers being a little time to teach religious education so that understanding of religion becomes less 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) said, 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.

BIN data states that 15 provinces in Indonesia are the focus of the radicalism movement. From the survey conducted, 24 percent of students and 23.3 percent of high school students agreed with jihad for the establishment of an Islamic state.

"Because it is important, efforts to cultivate Wahid Islamic thought towards the younger generation of Islam must be further developed, which involves all components of the government, society, religious organizations and religious leaders," he said.

He explained, Islam Wasathiyah in the language of the Qur'an is a group that is in the middle, does not side with one particular group, and applies a fair and objective perspective.

Wasathiyah Islam has three values, namely, as mediator, peace and reconciliation. Then, fair and impartial. Next, open wisely to others.

Wasathiyah Islam is a model of da'wah taught by the Prophet Muhammad in spreading the value of Islam that is Rahmatan lil amin alamin. In Islam, according to what the Prophet taught that, there is no compulsion in religion, we must have respect for differences in ethnicity, religion, RAS, culture, and class.

Sagaf Pettalongi said, the Prophet also taught putting someone in accordance with his capacity, not because of kinship or ethnicity. He continued, this concept needs to be taught to the younger generation, given the notion that the radical movement has spread its ideas through social media, which is very vulnerable to the younger generation.

IAIN Palu Rector Prof. Dr. H. Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd was one of the speakers at the Moderating Workshop on Islam for Millennials organized by the Regional Office of the Ministry of Religion of Central Sulawesi, in Palu.