Islam and Religious Pluralism


  • Mukhamad Miftahul Atiq IAIN PEKALONGAN


Pluralism, Religion, Indonesia


Pluralism must be regarded as a true bond of difference in the bonds of civility; indeed, pluralism is a must for human safety, as each religious follower explains objectively and transparently about the history of the religion to which he adheres. Religion is frequently exploited as a scapegoat and a motivation for hatred as a result of an imbalance of religious knowledge, which includes culture. In truth, each religion teaches goodness and humanity by its own nature. Indonesia is undeniably a multiple country, as evidenced by the sociological, ethnographic, and anthropological facts presented above (Plural). Indonesia is made up of a diverse group of people who are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-racial, and multicultural. So, it's not strange that the country's founders named it “Bhinekka Tunggal Ika”. As the nation's motto, with the goal that, despite all of Indonesia's differences, the country will remain together. This is also aimed to suppress the possibility for disputes among the nation's youngsters due to multi-differences in Indonesia. Religion is a personal choice that cannot be forced onto someone. Anyone can choose any religion he wants, including Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and others. Because religion is a matter of personal belief, it cannot be coerced; but, if we compel someone to be religious, the resulting diversity will not be genuine. Religion, on the other hand, is the acceptance of something that is considered very ultimate and entails safety.


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