Islamic Political Unity

Dec 31st, 2006, in News, by

Islamic parties must form coalitions in order to ensure success for ideological Islam, it is argued.

House (DPR) chairman of the Partai Persatuan Pembangunan, United Development Party (PPP), Endin A.J. Soefihara, says the recent victory of the independent candidates Irwandi Yusuf and Muhammad Nazar in the Aceh governor’s election should teach Islamic parties a valuable lesson – they had to unite, at least at election time, in order to win regional governor’s elections.

Endin A.J. Soefihara
Endin A.J. Soefihara.

The pair of Irwandi Yusuf and Muhammad Nazar had won 37.92%, as of the latest count he said, while candidates supported by Islamic parties had not done so well individually, such as Humam Hamid and Hasbi Abdullah (PPP & ex-GAM) with 16.73%, Azwar Abubakar and Nasir Jamil (PAN & PKS) with 11.03%, Iskandar Hosein and Saleh Manaf (PBB & seven small parties) with 6.42%, and Tamlicha Ali and Herman Nuriqman (PBR-PPNU-PKB) with just 3.87%. Add all those votes together, he said, and an Islamic candidate would have won, provided that all the Islam based parties had agreed to join forces for the election.

Forming coalitions in Aceh was especially important, he said, because Islamic law was already in place there making it difficult for Islamic parties to attract attention.

House (DPR) chairman of the Partai Keadilan Sejahtera, Welfare Party (PKS), Untung Wahono, agreed. One problem with Indonesian voters, he said, was that they were hopelessly pragmatis and tradisional, while only a few had the right rasional and ideologis approach. Voters needed to be educated by Islamic parties so that they became more rasional and ideologis [possibly “ideologis” here means something like “systematic” or “thorough”].

Untung Wahono
Untung Wahono

Aceh was a special case, he said, general rules should not be drawn from events there. In order for coalitions of Islamic parties to work elsewhere, he said, the theoretical values of Islam had to be translated into concrete examples so that people would view the rise of political Islam as a pragmatis thing. The law of Islam also had to be grounded in the social and cultural reality of Indonesia, political Islam was not intolerant and not hostile to Indonesian-ness, he said.

23 Comments on “Islamic Political Unity”

  1. Rockstar says:

    While some people work so hard to feed their family (to survive if you will), and the thing that our politicians concern most is coalition this and that.

  2. Tomaculum says:

    Again the target is to Islamicise Indonesia and to end the secularism.

  3. 1ndra says:

    Bersatu kita teguh bercerai kawin lagi…

    Our ideologi is Pancasila, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, not Islamic, since Indonesia isnt Islamic country

  4. Mohammed Khafi says:

    Voters needed to be educated by Islamic parties so that they became more rasional and ideologis [possibly “ideologis” here means something like “systematic” or “thorough”].

    Loosely translated means, “Voters have to be brainwashed and mislead so that they become more compliant and docile”

    When are these Islamic Politicians going to realise that the ordinary people don’t want political Islam, they want politics and Islam as two seperate things. Why are so many of them so out of touch with what ordinary men and women want and need? They only need to look at the election results to see for themselves. Do they only see the world through their own eyes?

    As to Islamic Unity, even leaving the politics out of it, what a joke! In Indonesia we cannot even at the most basic level unite on what day to have Eid! The Arabs who have had Islam since the time of The Prophet, have never agreed on anything since the end of the time of The Rightly Guided Caliphs!

  5. Fanglong says:

    Just before reading and having, or not, an idea, I’d like to renew my best wishes for everyone here for this new year! Be happy and creative! I thank you all to allow me read your “thoughts and ideas” as an introduction to “Indonesia” which I love before knowing.

    Peace, always!

  6. O. Bule says:

    I do not like religiously based political parties of any kind. Government MUST be secular, and maintain a separation between organized religion and the state.

    O. Bule

  7. Hassan says:

    Mohammed Khafi: So we are doomed to always be divided?

    Perhaps we should start finding solutions to the already identified problem instead of simply stating the obvious 😀

  8. Mohammed Khafi says:

    Hi Hassan,

    I wouldn’t say doomed, I would say blessed.

    Rwâneka dhâtu winuwus Buddha Wiswa,
    Bhinnêki rakwa ring apan kena parwanosen,
    Mangka ng Jinatwa kalawan Siwatatwa tunggal,
    Bhinnêka tunggal ika tan hana dharma mangrwa.

    It is said that the well-known Buddha and Shiva are two different substances.
    They are indeed different, yet how is it possible to recognise their difference in a glance,
    since the truth of Jina (Buddha) and the truth of Shiva is one.
    They are indeed different, but they are of the same kind, as there is no duality in Truth.

    We have to learn to accept our differences and turn then to our advantage, change them from being a weakness to a strength.

  9. Duloh Suherman says:

    Dears All of Workers of Islamic political.

    You must have instincts of awareness, especially good will in public needs not to exploit; people languages, Islamic Law Languages, etc in your interests only with open sell & close buy your personalities.

  10. Grace and Mercy says:

    They will never unite. Any form of coallition they make will always fail. So it is written.

  11. bradlymail says:

    O. Bule yes I agree! The goverment should remain secular.

  12. Mohammed Khafi says:

    Grace and Mercy said:

    They will never unite. Any form of coallition they make will always fail. So it is written.

    I have to ask this, exactly where is this written?

  13. Hassan says:

    Grace and Mercy: Not entirely true, the Muhajirin and Anshar had succeeded in doing that a long time ago. And it would be ignorant to say that a certain bunch of people will never change, regardless of what your holy scripture told you.

  14. Grace and Mercy says:

    Hi Hassan, indulge my curiosness,

    The Muhajirin are the one who went along in the migration from Mecca to Medina, and Anshar are the early Muslims in Medina am I correct? Tell me, what have they done to preserve unity?

    Moh. Khafi, I’m not going to be theological here..

    It is written all over the newspaper –> Most recent example Partai Bintang Reformasi.

  15. Mohammed Khafi says:

    Hi Grace and Mercy,

    I was just being inquisitive as to the use of the phraseology! “So it is written” sounds like somebody is refering to religious scripture or prophesy, not the local press! 😉

  16. Hassan says:

    Yup, “So it is written” sounds awfully cryptic 😀

  17. Ali says:

    So it is written on her post, that is.

  18. Grace and Mercy says:

    On the media, over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.. dear Ali.

  19. Andrew says:

    Maybe we should also consider the positive aspect of Islamic political unity – if by doing that they can better control the number of stray organizations using Islam as a cover to commit crimes, then it might be a good thing.

  20. Badrut Tamam Gaffas says:

    Whether that statement can be debatable but I think one islamic party, it’s nice although it’s hard in reality. Unity will be an advantages to build a modern nation with islamic spirit.

    To anyone who disagrees, it’s just a idea so why be angry?

  21. yusyf says:

    Muhammed kalfi.

    You do not deserve the name Muhammed. It is the people like you with their hands stretched out to secularism who will pay for your actions on the day of judgement.

    Call yourself a different name. Abu Jahl.

    100,000 people got together in a stadium last year, and 500,000 could not get tickets. Khilafah will come. You should remember that your state embraced Islam en-masse

    Now you are a toy for western powers to kick around.

  22. Mohammed Khafi says:


    You obviously don’t know what secularism means, if you did you would never use the word in that way, I am very very firmly a believer In Allah. However I also firmly believe, that if Allah had wanted a caliphate, He, Allah would have ensured that it happened, instead, we ended up with a divided Ummah and the split into Shi’a and Sunni sects, effectively ending the peoples adherence to Allah’s word in Al Quran and causing people to follow fabricated sunnah and hadith.

    Which state has embraced Islam en-masse? certainly not my state nor my country, where Islamic parties are always way behind the secular ones. Ishalla, it stays that way.

    Toy for the western powers to kick around, which phrasebook did you get that from LOL!!!

    You obviously know nothing about me.

  23. Aluang Anak Bayang says:

    Assalamualaikum yusyf

    If you are an Arab or a Brown man, we shared the same dream – a single united Khilafah, but with Javanese as head of the government.


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