Gus Mus's Monumental Step:
They call him Gus Mus
One thing's for sure: although he's
currently in Brussels and Washington, DC, it's not on the pretext of engaging in "comparative study" abroad, like so many members of Indonesia's [corrupt] legislature.
is a profound and mature intellectual.
And though he
has lots of time, it's never enough, because he's
constantly immersed in thought and action.
Because of his
broad and open heart, he's
willing to completely trust the good intentions of others.
keeps suspicion at a distance, knowing that it will only devour his
lives simply in his
native village in Rembang [Central Java], and has never been tempted-like so many others-by the bright lights and lures of Jakarta.
is not a blasphemer.
maintains perfect control of himself, never giving vent to anger or cursing others.
carefully and wisely considers every step he
And though he
now finds himself amid the upheaval of politics [because of his
responsibilities as Deputy Chairman and day-to-day head of the Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council], he
continues to guard his
thoughts and behavior.
does not remain aloof from our nation's chaos, but reflects carefully upon the steps needed to address our many problems.
is taking concrete steps to do so.
profound reflections with others, through his
has collected and offered many brilliant ideas to foster peace and progress in our island nation.
Then, [two years ago,] he
carefully arranged and presented these thoughts in the form of a book, Ilusi Negara Islam.
Through this book, he cast his thoughts far and wide, and inspired millions of Indonesians to refrain from inciting hatred, inflaming others' emotions, or encouraging their fellow [Muslims] to point swords at others.
has translated this distinguished book into English, with the title, The Illusion of an Islamic State . His
noble objective is to inspire not only Indonesians, but people throughout the world.
In this way he
is giving of himself, and sincerely inviting the "citizens of this earth" to know and understand each another.
To recognize that all human beings are truly our brothers and sisters, in spirit.
And to realize that although there will always be conflict, this very fact obliges us to invite one another to find solutions together, cooperating in a spirit of brotherhood.
has already written millions of words, expounding his
has perfected these words in the greatness of his
heart and soul, and brought them to bear in face-to-face meetings.
visits people whom it is appropriate to visit.
straightens that which is crooked, and transforms the twisted aims [of those who listen] into models of sincerity.
engages in heart-to-heart dialogue, so that there will be no room for the growth of hatred.
And on Saturday, 07 May 2011, Kompas [Indonesia's largest newspaper] reported his
latest step in an article entitled, Gus Mus Launches Book in Europe :
"Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri , widely known as Gus Mus
, a leading Indonesian religious figure, launched the English version of the book The Illusion of an Islamic State in the European Parliament
in Brussels, an event that was attended by a number of European Union politicians.
~ Kompasiana, "Gus Mus's
Monumental Step: Launching The Illusion of an Islamic State in Europe"
"We must strive to become human beings who are capable of humanizing others," said Gus Mus (below, speaking with a reporter for a European television network at the Brussels Press Club).
Highlighting the volatile nexus between Islamic radicalism and newly-democratic states-in which extremists are free to organize and intimidate others-the leading Dutch left-of-center newspaper, de Volkskrant, published a lengthy interview with Gus Mus
"We are the majority," says Gus Mus
: "The radicals aren't afraid of anyone.
visit to America attracted the attention of various figures.
No less than President Obama's team of national security advisors specializing in Islam invited Gus Mus
to the White House to hear his views.
The same thing occurred at the Center for Security Policy
, an American think tank headed by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., a former Assistant Secretary of Defense....
where a group of people whose only prior point of reference about Islam stemmed from Wahhabis and other extremists... [were] completely expressionless as Gus Mus
complained, 'One of America's closest allies is Saudi Arabia.