On Taqiyya or How Not to Lie


Friends, fellows and foes :) Please enjoy my recent journal article on the notion of taqiyya (religious dissimulation/white lies) in the Shia Islamic tradition here (http://www.assumptionjournal.au.edu/index.php/PrajnaVihara/article/view/2211). Have a great Ramadhan. Cheers, QF

Celah Mengubah Pancasila


Isu amandemen kelima berpotensi mengubah Pancasila. Secara hukum positif, celah untuk mengubah atau menggantinya terletak secara samar pada pasal 37 ayat 5 UUD 1945 hasil amandemen keempat yang berbunyi "Khusus mengenai bentuk Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia tidak dapat dilakukan perubahan." Implikasinya, semua hal di dalam konstitusi (kecuali NKRI) memiliki kemungkinan untuk berubah termasuk alinea keempat Pembukaan UUD yang mengandung Pancasila. Meski tidak mengutak-atiknya, para anggota MPR periode 1999-2004 nampaknya khilaf untuk "mengunci" Pancasila seperti mereka mematri NKRI dalam pasal 37 ayat 5. ...

Ironi Satu Juni


Qusthan Firdaus Ironi merupakan penyimpangan atau pembalikan dari makna sesungguhnya atas satu situasi atau kejadian. Hal ini bisa terjadi karena orang yang membuat ironi defisit pengetahuan atau memiliki selera humor. Setiap awal Juni sejak tahun 2017, bangsa Indonesia mengalami ironi yang nampaknya berdasar pada kurangnya pengetahuan seputar "kelahiran Pancasila" ketimbang humor. Pada saat Joko Widodo kuliah Pendidikan Pancasila di Universitas Gadjah Mada dalam dekade 1980an, buku Risalah Sidang BPUPKI memang belum terbit (1995). Dalam buku ini, Soekarno mengakui bahwa ia mendapatkan istilah Pancasila dari ...

On Taqiyya or How Not to Lie


Friends, fellows and foes :) Please enjoy my recent journal article on the notion of taqiyya (religious dissimulation/white lies) in the Shia Islamic tradition here (http://www.assumptionjournal.au.edu/index.php/PrajnaVihara/article/view/2211). Have a great Ramadhan. Cheers, QF

Is fascism ipso facto terrorism?


Qusthan Firdaus Suppose there were another bomb exploded in two nightclubs in Bali. Killing 38 Indonesians, 88 Australians and other 20 nationalities. Thereby, being similar to the one happened in 12 October 2002. Yet, the actor were not a Muslim but a white supremacist, extremist or a fascist like Brenton Tarrant (BT) who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand or Anders Breivik (AB) who slaughtered 77 people in Norway, and suggested that Muslim immigrants should be given a chance to convert to Christianity. Will Indonesian and Australian governments take it as a case for establishing a claim that fascism is ipso facto terrorism? Graham Ashton, the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, believes that Australia based right-wing extremists eschew violence despite the fact that BT brutally massacred 50 Muslims in Christchurch. It is sad to notice, on the one hand, the Australian Signals Directorate has the ...

Happy Good Friday!


Saying happy Good Friday is controversial to some Muslims. To be fair, let us consider some following premise concerning religions and politics: 1) Religions are various one of which is Catholicism (A = B) 2) Catholicism has the Supreme Pontiff or the Greatest Priest viz., the Pope (B = C) 3) The Pope is also the Head of State of Vatican (C = D) 4) A state is an institution of politics (D = E) 5) Therefore, religion is politics in Catholicism (A = E) Please stop developing a peculiar claim that religions and politics should be distinguished to the extent you cannot reject those five premise. Anyway, happy Good Friday! Yours in solidarity, QF