Onlythebestchoice – The Grand Imam of the Islamic Center Mosque of New York, United States, Imam Shamsi Ali inflamed with the statement of PBNU Chairman Said Aqil Siroj. He called the thought of Ketum PBNU crazy.
Previously, Said Aqil Siroj argued that if university-level public faculties too often teach religion and sharia, as a result students could fall into the abyss of radicalism. That’s why, he said, to prevent this, he asked lecturers or teachers to reduce it a little.
“For religious lecturers who teach religion in non-religious faculties, there is no need to talk much about religion and sharia. Just two meetings. The pillars of faith and the pillars of Islam,” said Said Aqil, quoted from CNN Indonesia, Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Material about religion and sharia, said Said Aqil, should only be deepened in the faculty of Islam. Because, if outside of that, students are feared not to have enough provisions to filter which is good and which is actually not good.
“Except (majors) ushuluddin, except the department of fiqh or interpretation of hadith. That’s up, it has to be profound. But, if the lecturer who teaches in the general faculty, engineering, law for example, do not have much about religion and sharia. Just twice,” he said.
Said Aqil again reminded, if the material is taught in the general faculty—where not all students have enough Islamic supplies, then radicalism may be able to grow. That’s what worries him.
“Why? If this is reproduced, then the contents of paradise-Hell, Islam, infidels, straight, true, misguided. Keep talking about it, so it’s going to be radical,” he said.
The Grand Imam of the Islamic Center Mosque of New York, Imam Shamsi Ali said said Aqil’s way of thinking tends to be counter or contrary to human logic.
Because, he said, how is it possible, the lesson of religion actually makes people lose their faith?
“I judge this way of thinking counter logic. Studying religion is the cause of radicalism? And so the lessons of religion need to be reduced to prevent radicalism? What logic does he use?” asked Imam Shamsi Ali.
Furthermore, he once again asserts, Said Aqil’s statement is completely illogical. In fact, he admits he can’t understand it.
“Or must be crazy (first) to understand crazy thinking?” said the High Priest.