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International Interfaith Young Leaders Conference; Interfaith Summit 2012 has gave chance to young peace makers to make an action on realizing global peace to the world. This is one of good writing …

International Interfaith Young Leaders Conference; Interfaith Summit 2012 has gave chance to young peace makers to make an action on realizing global peace to the world. This is one of good writing made by Musyafarra Muqarramah Sulaiman Kurdi, a participant from Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Happy reading all..


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  • 1. Reflection of Interfaith Summit 2012O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, That you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable among you in the sight of God is that (believer) who has piety and righteousness.’ (Suraah A-Hujurat: 13) This verse is a reflective for humankind to think about social theory especially in faithand this verse makes me enthusiastic to have mutual understanding of faiths and gain moreunderstanding in it, moreover I believe that if we have “faith” energy we will be brought to“faith” athmosphere and for this thank to God I have chosen in this Interfaith summit 2012 asthe one of participants from Indonesia. I thank you to the program directory from the bottomof my heart for giving me the opportunity to participate in International conference and thepositive program in Bali, Indonesia. this is my second time that I was selected in interfaithprogram, the first was in Future Fath Leaders Asia Pasific as Ambasador of Indonesiadirectory Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the latest was in this program - Interfaith Summit2012- which promotes the awesome vision I thought, the vision is all mankind are OneFamily under God regardless of race, nationality, religion and culture. Of course in this pointthat can be gotten is one family under God through building interfaith partnership, vibrantfamilies and a culture of service and peace. In this Interfaith summit 2012, I had and took positive experiences with friends fromdifferent backgrounds, different countries, and different faiths particularly from 4 – 7 ofoctober 2012 in a partnership program; Global Peace Festival Indonesian Foundation andIndonesian Youth Forum. As a Youth of Indonesia, I was eager to participate during theprogram as I felt that I needed to learn more about the paradigm in interfaith as well aspresent a true picture of my own faith in a diverse more over in my country self, from theprogram I have mutual understanding the concept teaching in my faith which said “ thedifference is the grace” and Qur‟an 49 Al Hujuraat verse 13 is and the significant thing I canexpress my habluminallah wahabluminannas wahablummin’alam (relationship with God andrelationship with humankind and relationship with the world) more direcly, more markedlyand more clearly. In the days long program, spending schedule-time together and stayingwith fellows of different faiths in Wisma Agung and Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI)provided depth, joy and significance to the overall experience through shared insights atindividual sites and all along the way.
  • 2. The theme of this Interfaith Summit 2012 was “New Interfaith Paradigm For The 21stCentury” and it was launched by Mr. Andi Mallarangeng (Ministry of Youth and Sportof Indonesia) symbolicly. There are many interesting points that I have noticed. I have gotlearning from the keynotes in the conferences, Mr. Young Jun Kim Mrs. Torril Wanvik, Mrs.Silvie, Mr. James Poon, Mr. Aziz Nurwahyudi, Mr. Dato „Azman Amin bin Hassan, Mr.Chandra Setiawan, Mr. M. Rumahurmuzy, Mr. Uli Sarbinie and many other good speakersgave their thoughts about youth identity as the future faith leaders and the significancy ofyoung generation in the issues which urgently should be discussed and gived solutions forhumanity. In humanity perspective, culture of volunteerism is the very important issue thatshould be rised up. Everyhuman has facilitated by God : Heart and Brain. The chalange ishow to transform our self to be more successfull and meaningful in our life. If we focus to“think analysis”, we will promote brain bigger than heart, and ofcourse as the result of life weare just focusing to materialism, what the benefit for me, and the ego plays here, and it is lesssuccessful for life as human being, but if we focus to “feeling understanding”, we willpromote heart bigger than brain. And the result of life we learn about understanding, caring,and sharing based on love which everyhuman have got from God, and ofcourse the effect forlife is more successful. Overal, it is actually about a choice and human being who do hasbelief will know what the best for world is. That is why “the culture of heart” should be morerised up in this every human life aspects moreover in this globalization era, the mission whocare about this one is by planting the seed of love and living for other as the value of love.Addition, there are four things which can not be separated one another in our practical lifethose are God, Me, Us and Others. Change “love perspective” from individual paradigm be afamily paradigm, from family paradigm be a society paradigm, from society paradigm be anation paradigm, from nation paradigm be the world paradigm, live for others through love,and all are family. One family under one God. This is the significance point in life‟s visioneven in this 21st century. If everyhuman care about the “homework”, there is no doubt forexistency of peaceful, happiness, and beautiful world. Taking point about Indonesia, in the universal principle as the basis of nationalcohesion, Indonesia is not an Islamic state, although moslem constitute the majority of theIndonesian and thought now is 21st century we have to remember and don‟t forget about theuniversal principle paradigm which leds Indonesia till today. Indonesia is the country whichequal partnership and reciprocal between religions and state. There is motto and ideology of
  • 3. Indonesia which the very influental for Indonesian, they are Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity indiversity) and Pancasila (five principles). Those are as the transform of value of Indonesian indaily life of society. As the youth which we love called as modern youth but we have tounderstand about the essency concept of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, literally means (although) inpieces, yet one. “we are of many kinds, but we are one”, “Unity in Diversity” already beenexisted since in the eight and ninth centuries. Unity in diversity is a concept of "unity withoutuniformity and diversity without fragmentation”. This motto is a founding principle of themodern Indonesia nation and is the official motto of Indonesia. In Indonesia It is a quotationfrom an Old Javanese poem Kakawin Sutasoma, written by Mpu Tantular during the reign ofthe Majapahit empire sometime in the 14th century. Sutasoma book describe harmony inMajapahit kingdom despite the variety of the religion and ethnic among their people.Majapahit appplied “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” as a law and their governance system that shownin their code of law. Indonesian Founding Fathers use Majapahit as a role model to overcomethe plurality inheritance to be Nationale Staat. That why it has been recorded in Indonesianhistory that all world religions penetrated peacefully in their first arrival into Indonesia.Tolerance, accept diversity, collaboration and promote harmony are the basis actions for thismotto. It is related with Indonesia‟s Ideology as well, that is Pancasila. Soekarno in June 1st,1945 use Pancasila (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) to solve the problem what are Indonesia will useTheocracy or Secularism as the national ideological background. It become way of life andthe state ideology of Indonesia, national consensus and the common platform for all religiousgroups to meet and discuss the future of Indonesia, maybe the future of the world. There arefive universal values (principles) in Pancasila: belief in One God Almighty, humanitarianism(humanity), national unity, democracy, and social Justice. This principles should be part ofour life, moreover we - as the future generation- should aware about it and accept theprinciples because human being come from the same ancestor, the Only Creator, theAlmighty God. As the youth of this universe, we have affirm that the men and women withinthe four seas are brothers and sisters, so tolerance, mutual respect, accept the differences arethe paradigm we have to have in our heart and applied in daily lifes. Supported by the stateideology, constitution, government policy, local wisdom, dialogue, cooperation among theyouth, religious and spiritual, and civil society, we build One family under one God together. In Interfaith Summit 2012 we learn also how inter-religious harmony applied inMalaysia and Indonesia experience. facing the issue, Malaysia have JKMPK, Committee forPromoting Inter-Religious Understanding and Harmony Amongst Religious Adherents.Formed by Cabinet of Malaysia on 24 February 2010, the vision are towards a harmonious
  • 4. and muhibah Malaysia, and the mission is to be the mechanism for dialogue and mediation inpromoting mutual understanding and harmony amongst adherents of various religions forbuilding Malaysia as a nation inspired by the spirit of building Malaysia as a nation inspiredby the spirit of muhibah. The committee works as a mechanism to solve the problems orissues through discussion, finding solutions to any incidents of religious friction, and creatinga common understanding and having constructive dialogue among the different religiousgroups in the country. There are many activities and programs of JKMPK, such as leadersinvolvment, inter-religious cooperation, public-religious bodies partnership and comunityinvolvment. In the same perspective, Indonesia has Interfaith Dialogue, the Interfaith dialogue hasgoal, it is as an effort to encourage dialogues among faiths in order to refine the gap ofperception through international cooperation within the framework of "capacity building",which pursued by empowering the moderates. This is one of the new breakthrough in thepractice of public diplomacy. The Government of Indonesia has initiated various interfaithdialogue among religions and cultures at the level of bilateral, regional, and multilateral. Theinterfaith dialogue has also created some activities which involving young generation andcommunities. for bilatral dialogue, Indonesia has 20 partners since 2004, they are US,Canada, Vatican, Italy, Hungary, England, Argentine, Chile, lebanon, Ethiophia, Cario,Austria, Nedherland, Uni Europe, Bulgaria, Spain, Serbia and Russia. For regional InterfaithDialogue, they are Asia Pacific Interfaith Dialogue has been conducted in Yogyakarta(2004), Cebu, the Philippines (2006), Waitangi, New Zealand (2007), Phonm Penh (2008)Perth, Australia (2009) ; Semarang, Indonesia (2012), Asia Pacific Inter Faith Youth Camp(APIFYC) in Surabaya, Indonesia, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Interfaith DialogueIndonesia, Cyprus, China, Netherland, South Korea and the Philippines, Asia Europe YouthInterfaith Dialogue in Bandung in 2008 and APEC Intercultural and Faith Symposium onOctober 2006 in Yogyakarta. For multilateral Intrfaith dialogue, there are United NationsAlliance of Civilizations and Non-Aligned Movement Interfaith Dialogue. In The 6thRegional Interfaith Dialogue (RID) for strengthening collaborative communities to promotepeace and security;Interfaith in Action was held in Semarang, 11-15 Maret 2012 sponsoredby Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. There was 14 Participants,ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Timor Leste . The result of the 6th RegionalInterfaith Dialogue contains statements to promote interfaith activities among civil society, toform activities that can be undertaken and be implemented by all stakeholders of theparticipating countries and action-oriented and workable activities as a follow up activities.
  • 5. There are 5 Action plan based on the aspect of, they are Communities faith leaders; Religiouscommunities; Youth; Education; and Media / Communication. The Implementation of theSemarang Plan of Action is „Future Faith Leaders’ scholarship established by the Ministryof Foreign Affairs Indonesia, followed by 15 participants from 11 states, the program wasconvened in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Solo and the second is Peace Journalism conducted bythe Ministry of Religion. The whole of these actions are for building mutual respect andunderstanding among religious communities, a lesson in law and state under the challenge ofreligious diversity, managing cultural and religious diversity, unity in diversity: the power ofdialogue for peaceful cohabitation in a pluralistic society, enchancing cooperation throughthe promotion of respect on religious and cultural diversity, managing tolerance, respect, andunderstanding in the religious communities and promoting cooperation among people ofdifferent faiths. From those actions that had explained from both countries, Malaysia and Indonesiawe have high motivation as Interfaith Summit 2012 participants to gain respect of thecultural and religious diversity and have commitment to always build and develop harmonyin the midst of differences and interfaith partnership, have vibrant families and a culture ofservice and ofcourse promote peace among us as participants especially and world generally.Truly, after this Interfaith Summit 2012 program, I have got many positive points and I havemore mutual understanding about Hinduism especially, people cultures in Bali, and of courseI have links and companions of faiths as well. In Hindust atmosphere, there are many new view of points that I have moreunderstood, such as the philosophy of Hinduism it self which is in the history perspectivecalled Vaisnavaism (the antiquity of Bhakti) or monoteism, the Obedience to God theAlmighty. Then in decades shown up the monism philosophy, engraft and precept aboutatman (individual spirit ) and Brahman (God), then right now we know as Hinduism. InHinduism there are at least 33 millions of God (Dewa), the demigods (half of God) are thevarious forms of the supreme Lord. The demigods are such as Siwa/Wishnu /Krishna, Surya,Ganesha and Durga. The supreme Lord is one and the demigods are delegated with powers tomanage this material world, the demigods are all living entities with different grades ofmaterial power. The demigods has power divine which created by God and sometimes peoplethought that both (God and demigods) are have equal power, the obedience to Them byHindust is for getting advantages in spirituality (Bhakti). In Bali Siwaism has been developedtill nowadays, even Siwaism is a separate-new sect which only found in Indonesia, or it canbe called as Shivaiste sect. In Indonesia there is Parisada Hindu Dharma or Religiousness
  • 6. Institute for Hinduism. This ligue has function to solve conflicts if there are two rules areincompatible, contradict, or paradoxically one anothers. This institute is a presbytery in Baliwhich has branches till subdistricts. This committee formed officialy in February 23 1959 andhas many works such as settle, cover, and develop and build life cycle of Hinduismcommunities in religious sector based on literatures and Holy books of Hinduism. There is abeautiful lesson of precept in Hinduism that i have learn as well, it is Tri Kaya Parisudha,means three things that should be purified; mind, words and deed. Those purification will ledhuman being get peacefulness, happiness and above water and of course these results willappear based on the Lord will, it can be achieved imedeatly at the same time with the deed, itcan be achieved in the future life, and or it can be achieved based on the deeds in the past. Then, In the society paradigm in Bali, the people are so pious, it can be seen fromalmost every houses of citizen having “pure” or place for praying and doing ritual offerings.Another view that I have learn is about castes, this concept sometimes makes missconceptionfor other beliefs which seems a lil bit discrimination on it, but now I really good knowledgeof it and I have known the reality is. There are four castes in the society influenced byMajapahit era, they are Ksatria (King), Brahmana (Priest), Waisya (Adviser) and Sudra(proletar/citizenry), these castes can be identified by names, the names those given by parentto their child is based on the ancestral and can not be completely removed from the lineageand it always be protected so it will not annihilated or be lost because of the times. Based onthe names - such as Ide Bagus, Ide Ayu, I Gusti, I Wayan, I Ketut, I gede, I Nyoman, Ikomang, I Putu - can be known what the caste he or she is. The interesting point here, thecastes can not influence the occupations or someone‟s work, the occupations are valued bythe skills and ability of someone, so it is not impossible if a sudra caste be a governor or anyleaders in Bali. It is the great value in multiculturalism perspective. Another interesting object which culture cover it is the place named Trunyan Village,this ancient village can be found when passing Kintamani or north-east of Denpasar andeastern shore of Lake Batur. The society in Trunyan Village is the original Balinesse with theway of life is in pre-Hindu customs, the culture is so different with local culture in Balicommonly. They live practising a way of life that pre-dates modern civilisation. The ngabenis done with so different ritual, sandalwood ( menyan tree) is burried as the symbol of theperson who passed away, the dead body is not burried or even cremated, they just lay thedead bodies out in bamboo cages on the ground covered by clothes in white and menyan treehelps produces fragrant smell and absorb a bad smell. The important thing, the societybelieve what they have done for the deadbody is as a symbol of laid great store upon
  • 7. someone who passed away, even Trunyan‟s women are forbidden to go to the cemeterywhen a corpse is carried because they believe if women come it will be a disaster. This is aninteresting culture philosophy how transform the sign of caring which indicate people inTrunyan regard to their family with high caring. In my perspective, as the faithfull person, someone who has mutual understandingofcourse knows what is the faith that he/she choose as their path. In my point of view, faithhas to do with pactical life, faith guidance every aspect of life, faith betters life. Faiths are theways to get piety, because of different heads that‟s why the practice of faith done withdiversity acts but still in the way of the obedience and submissive to Lord (The GodAlmighty, Ar-Rahman, Allah, Yehowah, Sang Hyang Widhi, Brahma or other names tomention the God‟s name) who created the universe, created all humankind. This inclusiveperspective can be a vihacle and a bridge for mutual understanding among faiths.Etnocentrism, prejudice, stereotype, hostility, intolerance, contravention of human right,discrimination, marginalization, gender biased, corruption, terorism, anarchism and many -destructive actions - others are not the precept of faith or religion. The most honourableamong people who have belief in the sight of God is that (believer) who has piety andrighteousness. The most important thing for you, your faith and for me, my faith, do as thebest as a faithful person for our faith, and we have to underline that Tri Kaya Parisudha,Brahma Vihara teaching (Metta, Karuna, Mudita, Upeka), three works of church (Alliancy,Services and witnesseth), Aqimussalah with tanha ‘annilfahsya iwal munkaar and Fastabiqulkhairat (spread love for all walks of life and race in the virtue with the base of love,humanity, tolerance, and peace among creations of the creator, such as doing kindness,helping the poors, charity, take care world (nature, plants and animals) or many other actionsin kindliness), are the beautiful ways for all humankind in the plural world - society even inthe cultures cover it. The last about Interfaith Summit 2012, I hope this program is not “stop” in the lastday but keep continue to rage up in the peace, harmony and positive interfaith real-actions. Ihope I together with my interfaith friends will work together to address common societalproblems and current issues in pluralistic of our country especially and the world generally,gain great respect of the cultural and religious diversity and the expectation of most of this isthat I had told more glowingly about the days- experience in Bali to the folks and I have usedand will use whatever means available to me (in writting, speaking or and deeding) toalways promote a better knowledge of the faiths and to foster global culture of peace andservice in the name of merciful Lord. I have a firm belief that our companionship and
  • 8. collaboration together will continue and give uswah (example) to someone else of whatsomeone of different faiths can do when they are committed to God and follow the teachingsof their respective faith authenticated. all sharing time and energy made the tentative schedulein Interfaith Summit 2012 an enlightening and spiritually invigorating experience, and Ithought this is a more life-changing experience.Those words above are my reflection ofInterfaith Summit 2012.Wassalamu‟alaykum wr. wb, Gbu, Om shanti shanti shanti om!MuQarramah Sulaiman Kurdi  A Participant of Interfaith Summit 2012, Bali, Indonesia  Ambasador of Indonesia in Future Faith Leaders Asia Pasific  A Student of Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University, Yogyakarta  A youth of South Borneo, Indonesia  E-mail: karrakurdi@yahoo.co.id/ Fb: Syarrakara@yahoo.co.id/ phone : +62857-257-42-155