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This profile was last updated on 10/21/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Advisor

Phone: (336) ***-****  HQ Phone
LibForAll Foundation
3524 Yadkinville Road No. 357
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106
United States

Company Description: L ibForAll Foundation is building an informal global network of like-minded civil and religious organizations, individual opinion-leaders and supporters, to promote...   more
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  • al-Azhar University
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Libforall Foundation - Promoting the Culture of Liberty and Tolerance Worldwide - Programs - Indonesian Pilot Program
www.libforall.org, 21 Oct 2013 [cached]
LibForAll advisor Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri ("Gus Mus") spoke of those who proudly imitate the physical features of the Prophet Muhammad, such as his beard and clothing, while failing to emulate his noble character, especially his love for all humanity.
The renowned NU leader described God's greatest blessings as a life "free of anxiety, free of suffering, and free of fear," and advised listeners how to achieve this state of grace, by following the path of sincerity, simplicity and moderation.
Gus Mus advised his listeners to reject extremist ideology and embrace the traditional NU teaching of religious moderation and tolerance.
"Rather than hate or kill those who disagree with us, or fail to understand religion as we do," Muslims should recognize differences as God's will and embrace all humanity.
Following the event, Gus Mus and LibForAll CEO Holland Taylor discussed plans to expand the Grassroots Pluralist Network project, and produce an educational curriculum that will promote a pluralistic and tolerant understanding of Islam. Project deliverables will include 30 videos (derived from events held throughout Indonesia, such as this one in Wonosari), suitable for distribution to Indonesia's 14,000 Islamic boarding schools and broadcast on national television.
Gus Mus is a key advisor in the project.
Libforall Foundation - About Us - Board of Directors
www.libforall.org, 1 June 2006 [cached]
Mustofa, better knows as Gus Mus, offered a modest, imaginative and, in my view, amusing and poetic response.
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What did Gus Mus do amid the debate over Inul's drilling dance?
He did not give a heated comment laden with hatred or anger. He simply created a painting. What did he portray? If I'm not mistaken: Inul performing her sensual dance with a number of devout Muslims doing zikir (chants of verses in praise of God) around her. And what next? The painter's cultural satire went further: he displayed the canvas in a mosque! This move was not appreciated by everybody. A small incident reportedly ensued. [Ed. note: these "incidents" included threats to burn Gus Mus's Islamic boarding school and mosque to the ground.]
What did Gus Mus actually mean? What was he trying to convey through his painting? As a wordless visual piece, it can of course be interpreted in various ways from different viewpoints and perceptions. I have never heard or read an explanation from Gus Mus himself about the meaning and aim of his painting. Therefore, I'm only groping for its positive side.
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By analogy, in the painting by Gus Mus, the meditating Mintorogo is illustrated by the religious devotees engaged in their solemn zikir , and the erotic dance Inul performs symbolizes the seduction. Why was it shown in a mosque instead of an art gallery? This is just the true essence of the picture: basically it was not meant as an artistic work. The painting was a visual sermon for the serene and clear reflection of the mosque's assemblies.
It was Gus Mus preaching from his heart through his brush strokes. When I imagine his painting hanging in a mosque, it seems as if I can hear Gus Mus calmly but clearly calling out: "If we are inwardly strong, behave piously and praise God sincerely, we need no law, police, force or prison to make us capable of enjoying inner union with the Supreme Spirit. Temptations need no chasing, no fussing. They are sure to vanish in futility."
The writer is a cartoonist at The Jakarta Post and a lecturer in arts and graphics at Bandung Institute of Technology.
LibForAll advisor Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri ("Gus Mus") in his pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Rembang, Central Java in June, 2006.
Libforall Foundation - Promoting the Culture of Liberty and Tolerance Worldwide - Programs
www.libforall.org, 30 Mar 2009 [cached]
Left to right: LibForAll associate Dr. Ratno Lukito; LibForAll advisor and Senior Fellow Dr. Abdul Munir Mulkhan; Director of LibForAll's Nur al-Hikmah ("Light of Wisdom") Society, Hodri Ariev; Bret Stephens; LibForAll advisor and renowned NU leader K.H. Mustofa Bisri ("Gus Mus"); LibForAll associate Ridlo (standing behind Gus Mus); LibForAll CEO Holland Taylor; and regional NU chairman K.H. Achmad Said Asrori ( "Gus Said" ).
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In August, LibForAll Foundation's board of advisors met to review the foundation's strategy and programs for the coming year.
Mustofa, better knows as Gus ...
www.libforall.org, 1 June 2006 [cached]
Mustofa, better knows as Gus Mus, offered a modest, imaginative and, in my view, amusing and poetic response.
...
What did Gus Mus do amid the debate over Inul's drilling dance?
He did not give a heated comment laden with hatred or anger.He simply created a painting.What did he portray?If I'm not mistaken: Inul performing her sensual dance with a number of devout Muslims doing zikir (chants of verses in praise of God) around her.And what next?The painter's cultural satire went further: he displayed the canvas in a mosque!This move was not appreciated by everybody.A small incident reportedly ensued. [Ed. note: these "incidents" included threats to burn Gus Mus's Islamic boarding school and mosque to the ground.]
What did Gus Mus actually mean?What was he trying to convey through his painting?As a wordless visual piece, it can of course be interpreted in various ways from different viewpoints and perceptions.I have never heard or read an explanation from Gus Mus himself about the meaning and aim of his painting.Therefore, I'm only groping for its positive side.
...
By analogy, in the painting by Gus Mus, the meditating Mintorogo is illustrated by the religious devotees engaged in their solemn zikir, and the erotic dance Inul performs symbolizes the seduction.Why was it shown in a mosque instead of an art gallery?This is just the true essence of the picture: basically it was not meant as an artistic work.The painting was a visual sermon for the serene and clear reflection of the mosque's assemblies.
It was Gus Mus preaching from his heart through his brush strokes.When I imagine his painting hanging in a mosque, it seems as if I can hear Gus Mus calmly but clearly calling out: "If we are inwardly strong, behave piously and praise God sincerely, we need no law, police, force or prison to make us capable of enjoying inner union with the Supreme Spirit.Temptations need no chasing, no fussing.They are sure to vanish in futility."
The writer is a cartoonist at The Jakarta Post and a lecturer in arts and graphics at Bandung Institute of Technology.
LibForAll advisor Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri ("Gus Mus") in his pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Rembang, Central Java in June, 2006.
LibForAll Foundation - About Us - Board of Advisors
www.libforall.org, 21 Oct 2013 [cached]
Widely revered as a religious scholar, poet, novelist, painter and Muslim intellectual, "Gus Mus" (Brother MUStofa) has strongly influenced the NU's social and political development over the past thirty years.
Descended from a long line of charismatic religious leaders, Gus Mus heads the prestigious Raudlatuth Tholibin Islamic boarding school in Rembang, Central Java, where he was born in 1944.
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A graduate of al-Azhar University in Cairo, Gus Mus speaks Arabic, as well as his native Javanese and Indonesian.
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Personally devoid of political ambition, Gus Mus has repeatedly refused the office of NU Chairman. However, in March of 2010 - deeply concerned about the future of his organization, Indonesia and the world - he finally accepted the position of Deputy Chairman (and de facto day-to-day head) of the Nahdlatul Ulama's Supreme Council. In this position, he is mobilizing the NU to play a key role in halting the spread of religious extremism throughout the Muslim world.
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For a more complete (14-page) biography of Gus Mus, click here.
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