Beyond This Day: Welcome Muslim Program for Japanese advanced, beautiful, peaceful with Islam 2040

Created by :
Zahrotan Nuur Salsabila
(Airlangga University 2018)

At present, Japan is one of the most popular educational, business and
tourism destinations. Moreover, statistics show that around 80% of the
population of Japan is Buddhist or Shinto, while Islam is only 0.095% or only
121,062 people. The number of potential preachers in the Muslim community in
Japan is very small, and consists of students and various occupations based in big
cities such as Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo which also influence
the development of Islam there. It is evident that in Japan in the year one
thousand nine hundred and thirties (1930s), there were only two mosques, but
there are now more than a hundred mosques. The Islamic Center and the
Japanese Muslim Association in Tokyo have become centers of Islamic and
Arabic studies for Japanese citizens, attracting the attention of young Japanese. In addition to the pressure and temptation of a more seductive modern
lifestyle, Muslims are also facing difficulties with communication, housing, children’s education, halal food and Islamic literature, and all this makes it quite
difficult for da’wah activities in Japan. Here the author gives an idea of the
“Welcome Muslim” program where the program seeks to allow Muslims to visit
the mosque and worship in it, provide a room with Qibla directions, as well as
provide information related to halal eating places in Japan. This program is also
very profitable for business people to increase business profits there. Not only that, the Muslim Welcome program also attempts a false response
to the teachings of Islam, introduced by western media, needs to be straightened . However, due to the very slight spread of Muslims, the translation of the Koran in
Japanese is also not easy to find. There is hardly any Islamic literature in
bookstores or public libraries, except for some essays and books in English that
are sold at less affordable prices. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that the
Japanese layman’s knowledge of Islam is only confronted with terms relating to
polygamy, Sunni and Shi’a, Ramadan, Hajj, Prophet Muhammad, and Allah. With increasingly lucid impressions about the awareness of the obligations of
Islamic communities and rational judgments, Muslims have shown a stronger
dependence on the implementation of da’wah activities in a more orderly way. We can promote this program using a foundation tailored to the characteristics of
Japanese who are highly tolerant of each other and the characteristics of
Indonesians who are well known for their hospitality are also very encouraging to the development of this program. We can start by spreading the values of
simplicity in Islam, such as mutual affection, not arrogance and so forth to realize
an advanced, beautiful and peaceful Islamic atmosphere in Japan even until
2040.

Referensi :

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