Director General of Education, Ministry of Religion, Muhammad Ali Ramdani, Says AICIS 2024 Will Produce Solutions to Overcome the Global Humanitarian Crisis

SEMARANG – The implementation of the 23rd Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) in 2024 at the Wali Songo State Islamic University (UIN) Semarang, Central Java, which took place on 1-4 February 2024 received appreciation from the Director General of Islamic Education (Dirjen Pendis) Ministry of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Ramdani.
He said that the AICIS event this time would at least produce joint agreement in overcoming global humanitarian problems. He emphasized this at the opening of AICIS 2024 at the UIN Wali Songo Semarang auditorium, Thursday (1/2/2024) evening.
He said that religion must be present in overcoming various humanitarian conflicts that have occurred recently, where the never-ending wars in the Middle East and in various countries have at least received common attention.
This war, he said, had a negative impact and contributed to eroding religious morality, as well as eliminating a sense of humanity and destroying human civilization.
"The never-ending war in the Middle East has taken human lives, they died in vain, or were disabled for life, starvation, destruction of sectors of life, destruction of historical artifacts, widespread poverty and the saddest thing is the destruction of civilization." he said
This war, according to him, has given rise to a global humanitarian crisis with the disappearance of the sense of humanity, due to the strong desire to eliminate each other and the loss of religious morality which has been the guideline for human beings in their attitudes and actions.
According to him, conflict has had a negative impact on humanity because it is triggered by ambition, thereby causing people to be separated from the moral guidance and divine values taught in religion. In fact, a number of conflicts that occurred, he said, were wrapped in religious packaging as a basis for hurting and eliminating each other.
"Observing these various phenomena, of course there is a question that must be answered, where is the true role of religion. "Does religion still have the opportunity to make a real contribution, to restore a dignified human civilization by upholding human values, can the religions adhered to by countries currently in conflict be revived to be able to provide guidance for their adherents," he stressed.
The man who once served as Postgraduate Director of the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Gunung Jati Bandung for the 2019-2023 period, emphasized that the conflicts that occur in parts of the world actually arise from political disputes, struggles over areas, or are triggered by economic interests, and are then linked to religion. thus creating public confusion.
For this reason, he hopes that this AICIS 2024 event, with the theme Redefining The Roles of Religion in Addressing Human Crisis: Encountering Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Issues, will be considered very strategic as a response to the global humanitarian crisis.
"This AICIS forum is seen as a forum for scholars, psychologists, experts and academics, to be able to discuss intensively and not only based on academic logic, but also based on real cases globally, which of course requires thinking from we are together as a common solution.” he asked
"It is hoped that this forum will give birth to a joint agreement which, God willing, we will call the Semarang Charter," he concluded
Just for your information, at the 23rd AICIS in 2024, there are a number of academics who have been confirmed to be present to deliver material according to the theme set by the committee.
These academics, among them Dr. (HC). K.H Yahya Cholil Staquf (Nadhlatul Ulama Central Board), Prof. Dr. Ismail Fajrie Alatas (New York University), Prof. Rahimin Afandi bin Abdul Rahim (University of Malaya), Prof. Dr. Claudia Saise (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Dora Marinova (Curtin University, Australia), Prof. Dr. Abdul Djamil, MA (State Islamic University Walisongo Semarang, Indonesia), Prof. Dr. Kamaruzaman (Asian Muslim Action Network), Prof. Dr. Hassanein Al-Saeed Hassanein Ahmed (Suez Canal University, Egypt), Prof. Madya Dr. Kamaluddin Nurdin Marjuni (Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University of Brunei Darussalam), Assistant Professor Dr. Jassim Mohammed Harjan (University of Baghdad, Iraq), Fazlur Rahman bin Kamsani (Middle East Institute National University of Singapore), and Dr. Fatma Mohamed Mansour (Suez Canal University).
Apart from that, the implementation of AICIS 2024 was strengthened by a meeting of religious leaders or leaders of religious institutions (religious leaders summit), namely KH. Yahya Cholil Staquf (Indonesia), Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah (Indonesia), Prof. Philip Kuntjoro Widjaja (Indonesia), Major General TNI (Ret.) Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, S.I.P. (Indonesia), Venerable Dr. Vanh Keobundit (Laos), Venerable Dr. Yon Seng Yeath (Cambodia), Mr. Bounthavy Phonethasin (Laos), YB Datuk Dr. Hasan bin Bahrom (Malaysia), Phra Dr. Anilman Dhammasakiyo (