Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) has two more professors in law and sociology of Islam that has been inaugurated in Muhammad Jazman Building, UMS on Saturday (06/08). The inauguration of Prof. Dr. MA Fattah Santoso, M.Ag as Professor of Islamic Education, and Prof. Dr. Kelik Wardiono, S.H., M.H. as the Professor of Law was conducted with dignity.
The process of Prof. Kelik’s achievement as a professor was relatively smooth received in less than 2 years. On the other hand, Prof. Fattah should experience a peculiar one. He retired on 1 September 2019, so the process to be a Professor stopped in 2018 due to the migration requirement from National Lecturer Registration Number (NIDN) to Special Lecturer Registration Number (NIDK). After receiving NIDK in 2020, Fattah continued to struggle with his students and colleges’ motivation, especially the Rector of UMS, Prof. Sofyan Anif. At last, after 3 years, his Professor title has been crowned on him on 1 April 2022 when he was 67 years.
Prof. Fattah prompted the young lecturers to keep working on their scientific works and always make a good relationship with Allah. “Young lecturers should work harder, when there is a chance to achieve accomplishment, don’t despair but be persistent. Don’t forget to make a good relationship with Allah,” Prof. Fattah hoped. Prof. Fattah explained that the Sociology of Islam is a solid scientific discipline that examines the physic-material dimension and non-physic-spiritual of human beings and communities in integrated unity and using wisdom, mind, and empirical element as the source of knowledge. So, the sociology of Islam has a holistic character, besides transformative (aim to individual and social transformation to improve their status and dignity, without bias for specific group, class, and community that oppress as a critic for mainstream sociology. Therefore, the sociology of Islam can be an alternative to the mainstream sociology.
Meanwhile, Prof Kelik mentioned transcendental, liberation, and humanism as the source of legal science. Besides aim to create humans that can produce kindness for themselves as humans and fair self-positioning in reality as a whole, it also aims to create equity for themselves, the environment, and the universe.