Jul 27, 2010

Indonesia FDC on "A Century of Muhammadiyah"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


A Century of Muhammadiyah

Date of Issue : 3 July 2010

Muhammadiyah is an Islamic organization in Indonesia. Muhammadiyah, literally means "followers of Muhammad" (from Arabic). The organization was founded on 18 November 1912 by Ahmad Dahlan— a court official of the kraton of Yogyakarta and an educated Muslim scholar from Mecca in the city of Yogyakarta as a reformist socioreligious movement, advocating ijtihad - individual interpretation of Qur'an and sunnah, as opposed to taqlid - the acceptance of the traditional interpretations propounded by the ulama.

At the moment, Muhammadiyah is the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia with 29 million members. Although Muhammadiyah leaders and members are often actively involved in shaping the politics in Indonesia, Muhammadiyah is not a political party. It has devoted itself to social and educational activities.

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