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Funny Facts about Muhammadiyah

Most of the so-called founders of Muhammadiyah were abdi dalem (7 out of 9, Including the most famous Ahmad Dahlan.), that is, court officials (or servants of the king, if you will) of the palace of Yogyakarta sultanate. The Geertzian divide between abangan-priyayi again got dissolved here.

(The titles of the 9 founders gave away the status : 4 have Mas 3 have Raden, 8 were Haji)(Even the one without the MAs or Raden title are possible priyayi descent)(The Kauman Area resided lots of abdi dalem and putihan)

That is why Ibu Zulfa told me that many of them were from “Blue Blood,” dara biru.

I mentioned in my book manuscript that Ahmad Dahlan were once close to the Christian missionaries working in Yogyakarta. But he was always competitive and cautious about Christianity. He modeled Muslim organization after Christian ones in order to rescue Islam in Indonesia. He said:

Islam will never disappear from the surface of the earth, but it might disappear from Indonesia, if the (Indonesian) Muslims do not stand up for it.” (A.M. Ali. The Muhammadiayh Movement p33)

It’s both universalist in terms of the profession to faith, and nationalist in terms of the struggle of local Islam. According to Burhani (p123)(Ahmad Najib Burhani, Studia Islamika Vol.12. No. 1. 2005), Dahlan

did everything to oppose the penetration of Christianity. He even unashamedly adopted the methods of Christian missionaries.

Actually many of the founders of M were also members of Boedi Oetomo, a priyai organization and the first native political society in the Dutch East Indies.

In a sense, many of the Kauman people were in charge of the Kraton’s religious affairs/ But it is still a socio-religious movement for the poor by the middle-upper class


There was a clear relation between the government and M.

Sosrosoegonda was the editor of the journal Boedi Oetomo and vice-chairman of the Department of Education.  He helped the running of M schools. Sosrosugondo also promoted the necessity of giving religious education in schools. He proposed that in M schools religious and secular education were taught side by side.

M nenver diverged form what was laid down by royal cus

M used the Javnaese calendar (Anno Javanico, tahun Saka) along with the Arabic and Gregorian caldendars. Tahun Saka were created by Sultan Agung in the 1630s. (parasan is a five-day market week)

Although M did start recommending people use the Anno Hijrae, the Islamic calendar, in the 26th Congress in Surabaya in 1926.

As an abdi dalem pamethakan (Islamic official), Ahmad Dahlan surely particpated in the grebeg ritual. The celebration of grebeg undoubtedly contains many elements of superstition, and M may not have agreed with some of the practices observed in the grebegs…However, what is clear is that the foudning father AD remained an abdi dalem until his death.  Even todya M does not codemn the grebeg. Muhammadiyah considered the mentioned practices a vehicle of Islamic propagation. Burhani 2005: p114

tom and tradition.

翻譯可蘭經曾經在二十世紀初的土耳其與埃及都有激烈的辯論。 M跟隨著Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Hajawi(from Morocco)的意見,認為將古蘭經翻譯成各地普通語言是穆斯林社群的集體責任(fard kifaya)。因此M翻譯了馬來語的古蘭經以及兩本爪哇與的古蘭經(1923)。

One comment on “Funny Facts about Muhammadiyah

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This entry was posted on November 5, 2013 by in 【Indonesia-ish & SEAsia】.
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