Sekurangnya ada dua hal yang kudu di masaalahkan: 

Pertama anggaran belanja MUI ini, persisnya duit masuknya.

MUI kudu berhenti dapat fasilitas dari negara dan dapat hak untuk
memberi lisensi, artinya menerima fulus, buat produk atau obat halal..

MUI bisa saja menyatakansebuah produk atauobat halal atau harap, tapi
tidak boleh menarik fulus untuk pernyataannnya itu.

Kedua; tugasnya kudu lepas dari negara, artinya MUI tidak boleh jadi
perpanjangan tangan negara.

MUI bisa saja berfungsi sebagai PGI atau KWI untuk orang Islam yang
mau mendukungnya, tapi tidak lebih dari itu. 

--- In, "Sunny" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> The conservative Council of Ulemas organized protests in Jakarta
this summer against Ahmadiya, an Islamic sect. (Tatan Syuliana/The
Associated Press) 
> Group of Muslim scholars gains political clout in Indonesia
> By Peter Gelling Published: October 7, 2008
> JAKARTA: In a sign of its growing prominence, the Council of Ulemas
in Indonesia has moved its headquarters from the basement of a major
mosque here into an expensive new office tower in the heart of the
> The council was established in 1975 by Suharto, the country's leader
for three decades, as a quasi-governmental body of Muslim scholars,
partly as a tool to keep politically minded Islamic organizations in
> But in the decade since the dictator's fall, the group - whose
leaders have increasingly espoused a radical form of Islam - has
worked to establish itself as an assertive political force.
> The group, known as MUI, built an impressive network of offices
throughout the country, staffed by people who promote the council's
view of Islam. It logged its first major political success this summer
when the government agreed to severely restrict the activities of a
Muslim sect that does not believe that Muhammad was the last prophet.
> Advocates of religious tolerance worry that the council's new clout
could signal the start of a religious radicalization in a country
known for its moderate brand of Islam. 
> "Islamists use the MUI as a major base of operations, coordinating
support for the Islamist agenda," said Holland Taylor, founder of
LibForAll Foundation, an American and Indonesian nongovernmental group
that promotes religious pluralism.
> Among the goals of some prominent council members is the
introduction of Shariah, or Islamic law, in traditionally secular
> But other experts, even some concerned about the council's
conservative leanings and newfound influence, see the broader
radicalization of Indonesian Islam as unlikely. They point out that
Indonesia's largest Islamic association, the Nahdlatul Ulama, promotes
tolerance and religious pluralism, and that Islamic political parties
have struggled to gain ground in recent years.
> Beyond that, broad anti-pornography legislation that had been
championed by the Council of Ulemas and its allies in Parliament has
been scaled back after a public backlash that included large street
> "I don't think the Council of Ulemas is going to turn Indonesia into
the Sudan," said Sidney Jones, director of the International Crisis
Group in Jakarta, citing "many other balancing forces."
> The council is an umbrella group that represents established Muslim
organizations. In addition to advising the government on religious
issues, it distributes fatwas, or religious directives, advising
Muslims on how to practice their faith. Its fatwas are nonbinding.
> Maruf Amin, the deputy chairman of the council, describes it as a
moderate organization that represents the views of more than 60
Islamic groups in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority
> "Our job is to communicate to the government the aspirations of
Muslim people in Indonesia," he said, "and to protect the Islamic
population here from any bad influences that might lead them to
deviate from their faith."
> But some analysts who have studied the group say Islamic
conservatives have had an increasingly dominant role in the group over
the last few years.
> "The council has a long history of moderation, but lately it has
been infiltrated by some hard-liners," said Azyumardi Azra, director
of the graduate school at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University
in Jakarta. "I have told its leaders that if they want to remain a
representative organization, they need to be aware of this infiltration."
> The growing prominence of radical voices is partly a byproduct of
the transition to democracy. Religious leaders who were often silenced
during Suharto's rule now have the freedom to propagate their extreme
views and have often proved adept at using the democratic system.
> The growing relevance of the Council of Ulemas is partly a result of
its budget, which some analysts believe is growing. (Neither the
council nor the government would provide numbers.) In addition to
government financing, the council also makes money through its sole
authority to license halal food and medicine. More recently, the
council has tapped into Indonesia's lucrative Islamic banking
industry. It acts as one of several organizations overseeing banks
that refuse loans to companies involved in businesses that are
contrary to Islamic values, like those producing alcohol or selling pork.
> These financing sources have allowed it to purchase its new office
tower and to operate more than 150 satellite offices.
> But analysts say the group has also benefited from its relationship
with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Although the president is
considered moderate, in a speech last year he said that after the
council issues any fatwas, "the tools of the state can do their duty."
> "Hopefully our cooperation will deepen in the future," he said
during the speech, according to translations by the International
Crisis Group.
> Some experts said they suspected the president was supporting the
Council of Ulemas to shore up Muslim backing in elections next year. A
coalition of Islamic political parties backed him when he first ran
for president in 2004.
> The council's biggest coup so far was Yudhoyono's decision in June
to restrict the practices of Ahmadiya, a minority Muslim sect.
> The council had been calling for a ban on Ahmadiya since 2005 when
it issued two fatwas - one against the sect for not believing Muhammad
is the last prophet and another calling on Muslims to reject
"pluralism, liberalism and secularism."
> On June 1 in Jakarta, opponents of Ahmadiya, some affiliated with
Forum Umat Islam, an organization formed to promote the council's
fatwas, whose leaders include several prominent council members,
clashed with demonstrators supporting the sect. Dozens were injured.
> Despite an outcry over the incident, the government ordered Ahmadiya
members to "stop disseminating interpretations that deviate from the
main tenets of Islam." If they did not, they would face legal action.
The government then asked the Council of Ulemas, with its network of
chapters, to monitor Ahmadiya's compliance.
> A report in July by the International Crisis Group, which analyzed
the conditions leading to the decree, laid significant blame on the
dominance of radicals within the council and the council's growing
> Several of those members are leaders of groups blamed for burning
mosques and houses belonging to Ahmadiya adherents.
> In its annual report on religious freedom in September, the U.S.
State Department singled out the Council of Ulemas as "influential in
enabling official and social discrimination" against minority
religious groups in the last year in Indonesia.
> Still, most of Indonesia's Muslims remain moderate, and some have
begun to fight back.
> Taylor, whose group promotes religious tolerance, said moderate
groups would need to try to take control of the council or press the
government to privatize or dissolve it.

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