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Gus Mus

Deputy Chairman and Day-To-Day Head

Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council

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Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council

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Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

LibForAll Foundation


al-Azhar University

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LibForAll Foundation [cached]

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. He 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. He keeps suspicion at a distance, knowing that it will only devour his energy. He 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.
He is not a blasphemer. For he maintains perfect control of himself, never giving vent to anger or cursing others. He carefully and wisely considers every step he takes. 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. He does not remain aloof from our nation's chaos, but reflects carefully upon the steps needed to address our many problems.
And, he is taking concrete steps to do so. He shares his profound reflections with others, through his writings. He 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.
Now he 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.
Gus Mus has already written millions of words, expounding his countless ideas. And he has perfected these words in the greatness of his heart and soul, and brought them to bear in face-to-face meetings. He visits people whom it is appropriate to visit. He straightens that which is crooked, and transforms the twisted aims [of those who listen] into models of sincerity. He 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.
Gus Mus: "The radicals aren't afraid of anyone.
"Gus Mus's 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.

GusDur.Net - Abdurrahman Wahid Official Site [cached]

Muslim prominent leader Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) has nominated Mustofa Bisri (Gus Mus) to be chairman of the biggest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in the upcoming general meeting.

Media - Archives - LibForAll Foundation [cached]

Antara News/Kompas:"Gus Mus Launches Book at the European Parliament. "In his address, Dr. Werner Langen... expressed his great pride in being able to sponsor the launch of this important book, in order to expand Europeans' horizon of understanding about Islam."

A. Mustafa Bisri , a well-known religious leader from Rembang popularly known as Gus Mus, told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday that the outlawed movement, also known as the NII, was directly opposed to the Pancasila, the state ideology."
"K.H. Mustofa Bisri, an influential Muslim cleric and a respected figure in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country's largest Islamic organization, visited Brussels and Washington recently to launch the English edition of the book The Illusion of an Islamic State . Gus Mus, as he is popularly known, wrote in the epilogue to the book that he advocated learning as a way of countering the threat of Islamic radicalism.
Kompasiana:"Gus Mus's Monumental Step: Launching The Illusion of an Islamic State in Europe. "Now [Gus Mus] 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.
de Volkskrant: "Interview: Gus Mus, Spiritual Leader of Millions of Indonesian Muslims: 'Radicalism Flourishes Under Democracy,' " by Michel Maas.

LibForAll Foundation - About Us - Board of Advisors [cached]

Widely revered as a religious scholar, poet, novelist, painter and Muslim intellectual, "Gus Mus" has strongly influenced not only the 50-million-member NU, but also the social, cultural and political development of Indonesia over the past forty years-facilitating its transition from decades of authoritarian rule to an open, vibrant and successful democracy.

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.
Numerous books and doctoral dissertations have been written exclusively about Gus Mus, in addition to thousands of articles that reference his achievements in fields ranging from Islamic spirituality, theology, literature and the arts, to education and social politics.
"Gus Mus is a true mufti [a master of Sunni Muslim scholarship and jurisprudence].

Libforall Foundation - Promoting the Culture of Liberty and Tolerance Worldwide - Programs - Indonesian Pilot Program [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.

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