ngeblog 2 tahun
september 2008. tidak terasa sudah 2 tahun punya blog, media untuk menyenangkan diri sendiri. jelas, nama arief maftuhin tidak bisa dihapuskan dalam hal ini. memang, bukan beliau yang mengajari bagaimana cara membuat blog. tetapi, gara-gara beliau mencatat di blognya tentang hasil diskusi panas kami, bangkitlah semangat saya untuk memiliki media yang sama. waktu itu catatan beliau harus puas bisa saya tanggapi di milis saja, karena memang belum punya blog.
panas juga ketika beliau berkata kira-kira, “setiap politisi harus punya blog”. sejak saat itu hampir tiap pagi ke warnet untuk mempelajari seluk beluk blog. terpaksa otodidak karena malu bertanya pada beliau. dan alhamdulillah berhasil. blog pertama itu di blogspot sebelum akhirnya pindah ke wordpress.
demi mengenang masa-masa itu, berikut adalah catatan pak arief tersebut (sepertinya sudah beliau hapus dari blognya). tulisan yang tercetak miring dalam kurung adalah usaha kecil saya untuk memberikan tanggapan langsung, tanpa harus membuat catatan tandingan.
The USA, Hizbut Tahrir, and the Left-winger
I have had a hot debate with my Hizbut Tahrir buddy on establishing khilafah. When we reach a point of no agreement, I mockingly said, “OK. If you want to establish this khilafah, I insist from now that I will not live in this khilafah. I prefer to live in the US than in your khilafah.”
His response is interesting, “You know Arif, the US will be part of this khilafah, it is only a matter of time when Americans embrace this religion. The America you prefer to live in would be an integral part of khilafah.”
Surprised by this answer, I was thinking how far they dream about this world. I would not say that such a dream is utopian; but, it is not realistic bro! (For every agent of change, it is not a matter of how to make his or her ideals realistic but how to make the reality idealistic) My American roommate even do not believe that such “miracle” would happen for even next a hundred year (meaning that he (or she?) believes that the miracle will happen after a hundred years. Again, it’s just a matter of time, bro! He he).
Wait a minute. Have you ever heard another Muslim group who believe that American hegemony will not last for longer time? Referring to American leftists, this Muslim group use their argument and believe that America will collapse soon because of its hegemonic and unilateral behavior.
To be honest, I had used to be in that position until last quarter (you were better then). However, my understanding has changed. America or not America is not the issue. Perhaps we don’t like American behavior, but such hegemonic behavior is “natural” and understandable (for capitalist people and their agents) in the world affairs. It is now America, it was Britain, it was Rome, it was Pharaoh…(but was not, nor will, the Khilafah) There is always such a state who behaves unilaterally like this if America didn’t.
Do we think that China, the supposed next power, will behave differently? C’mon… The US, I think, is still tolerable (maybe it’s true if the benchmarks are britain, rome, and pharaoh, and not the khilafah) unless we want a worse hegemon (do I sound so American here? ha.. ha… ha)
In addtition, to make the case worse, if we combine the Hizbut Tahrir’s idea and the leftist one altogether, the argument would read: America would be a khilafah and at this time it would collapse (oh… no… just kidding) (no, it would read: america would collapse and subsequently be an integral part of the khilafah. More realistic, isn’t it?)
To quote Richard Nixon:
Moslems are candidates for revolution. They are young: over 60% of them are less than 25% years. (Seize The Moment p. 203)