Solo: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Mahfud MD on Tuesday invited the public to expand brotherhood, in accordance with religious teachings.
"Friendship is now called networking. If we want to live forward, calmly and comfortably, (we must) expand the network," he said, while addressing a post-Idul Fitri gathering at the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) via video conferencing, in Solo on Tuesday.
On the occasion, Mahfud also touched on the application of law in Islam.
He said many traditions in Islam were finally able to build Islam itself.
According to him, many Islamic laws have been born from culture. “Including the Idul Fitri celebration, returning to hometowns, that in Islam, the law is sunnah," he remarked.
Regarding the application of law in Islam, he said, the law will change according to place and time.
He said not a few laws have emerged in the past as a result of adjusting to existing conditions, but they did not abandon values.
"For example, a law from Germany cannot be applied in the UK, and vice versa, or in other countries. Furthermore, the laws in force in 1945 do not match (the laws in place in) 2002," he reiterated.
Therefore, he said, formulating new laws is not misguided. He also urged people to not be too rigid in practicing Islam.
The event was also attended by Indonesian Minister of Health, Terawan Agus Putranto, UNS Rector Jamal Wiwoho, and a number of UNS officials. (antara)