Actual Opinion

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Religion Diversity is a Certainty

Diversity is a certainty, something which is so common and certainly it would exist because it is something that is so natural. Everything must have differences, different on life style selection, different on the perspective and differen upon the circumstances and conditions. Those differences will create the diversity.

For you who live in the desert, then the circumstances there are relatively more homogen. Trees, animals and the people who live there are relatively more homogen, not too many differences and diversity. On the other hand, in Indonesia and many other countries, we live in the circumstances which has rich of living differsity, and so as the people, cultures and the religions. They are so diversity.

Indonesia consists of many ethnics, races, skin colors and religions diversity. This is something which is certainly exist, and you can just eliminate or trying to erase this facts. Any efforts trying to eliminate this diversity means something to force a coercion which is something that is hated by Allah swt.

In this country, not everyone are the believers, and that is something of a certainty too. You and all of us must accept this fact and respect this condition. Changing this with any coercion efforts are something which is wrong and a mistake, because that kind of efforts are something which is against the principle taughy by Allah swt.

وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَآمَنَ مَنْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كُلُّهُمْ جَمِيعًا ۚ أَفَأَنْتَ تُكْرِهُ النَّاسَ حَتَّىٰ يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ
“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?” (QS 10:99)

So, if there is someone or some people today, trying to apply a rule, a law or an ideology based on a particular religion, such as Islam for example, then those things must be a kind of coercion. It is called as coercion because such efforts must be rejected and can not be accepted by the other people from other religions.

In other words, every efforts to apply the principle, law or rules from a particular religion amongst the Indonesian people which has many diversities, then those efforts must be a kind of coercion. And any kind of coercions are against the principle taught by Allah swt.

So, be accepted and respected these diversities and do something without having any kind of coercions inside. In Islamic teachings we are not allowed to do a kind of coercions. So, let this diversity exists and let us live in this diversity. (AK/ST)