Dr. Ali Mun’im: Preserving Traditions and Applying the Teachings of the Koran in Relevance to Human Development
In its endeavours to be a world class university, Yogyakarta State University continues to improve its quality through various activities including the religious ones. On Saturday, (May 16th 2015, Yogyakarta State University held an Islamic lecture at the Faculty of Economics. The lecture was given by Dr. Ali Abdul Mun’im, M.A.
In his lecture, Dr, Ali Abdul Mun’im, M.A. included some data presented in the Global Economy Journal in 2010. A study conducted by Rehman and Askari that is How Islamic are Islamic Countries? highlights the quality of Islamic practices in 208 countries. It was found that Malaysia ranks the highest compared to other Islamic countries that is in the 38th posititon. In this study, Indonesia ranks in the 140 position and Iran ranks in the 163 position. It is a serious matter that some Islamic countries rank in low positions whereas countries with small Islamic population such as New Zealand and Luxemburg are in the highest position for the quality of Islamic practices.
In the 2014 Human Development Index, Norway rank the highest whereas Indonesia is in the 108th position and Egypt is the 110th position. Ali then added that the future challenges for the next generations are huge and we need to to aware of today’s world phenomena such as wars, diseases, refugees, and data theft.
He further explained the importance of mastering a field or more fields of knowledge to support and improve human development. The cultural heritages and traditions need to be preserved by selecting the ones which are most beneficial for human civilization. He also elaborated the role of Koran as the basis for human and science development.