In recent news, the spokesperson for the campaign team of Presidential Candidate Number 2, Prabowo Subianto-Gibran, Munafrizal, made a statement regarding equal rights for non-binary individuals. This statement has been perceived by some as supportive of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights. In response to this issue, Ustadz Yusuf Martak, who serves as the Co-Captain of the National Team for AMIN, has shared his perspective on the matter.
Yusuf Martak begins by acknowledging that every citizen has equal rights according to the constitution of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). However, he emphasizes that NKRI is founded on Pancasila, with the first principle being “Belief in the One and Only God.” Therefore, in his view, individuals deserving of these equal rights are those whose gender is clearly identifiable and not concealed.
He argues that every citizen should uphold religious norms, especially considering that the majority of Indonesia’s population adheres to Islam. Yusuf Martak contends that individuals who intentionally conceal their gender may be seen as violating the constitution and religious norms. He asserts that no religious teachings permit deviant behavior, let alone legalize same-sex marriage and relationships. He further suggests that even in the animal kingdom, creatures naturally exhibit pairing behavior between males and females.
Yusuf Martak expresses concern about the emergence of communities or individuals who, in his opinion, clearly conceal their gender but demand equality and recognition of their sexual orientation. He questions whether such behavior should be allowed, especially considering the potential impact on future generations.
To substantiate his viewpoint, Yusuf Martak invokes Surah An-Nisa, verse 1, from the Quran, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the principles of monotheism and the roles of men and women in society. Yusuf Martak calls upon the spokesperson of Prabowo Subianto’s campaign team to exercise caution and consider the guidance provided by the Indonesian Ulema Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia or MUI). He references MUI’s Fatwa No. 57 of 2014, which addresses issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Sodomy, and Perversion, among others. He believes that seeking advice and guidance from the MUI can help in navigating sensitive topics like LGBT rights in Indonesia.
In conclusion, Yusuf Martak suggests that there is no basis for non-binary individuals to claim discrimination or rights violations. He implies that these individuals may be influenced by liberal ideologies and exhibit weak faith in religion. Ultimately, he argues that the Indonesian populace is more inclined towards programs that contribute to the betterment of religion, nation, and the state. [ruz]