Character Development Based on Islamic Faith

Faith in Allah is the earliest potential given since God breath into a fetus of His soul. Faith is often defined as a cognition and emotion so that follow-up practices of the faith, cognition and emotion are frequently neglected. Besides, Islam essentially believes that character building cannot be inextricable from the faith. The characters should be explored and fostered based on Al-Qur’an and Al-Hadist.

The notion underlay a research conducted by Alivermana Wiguna, M.Ag written on his dissertation entitled ‘Faith as a Psychological Basis of Character Development (A Conceptual Study of Al-Qur’an and Al-Hadist). At his dissertation defense on Thursday (20/9) at Graduate School of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), he presented that the faith is necessary for character development in Indonesia.

“Most of Indonesian people are Muslims, but law infringements occur everywhere, particularly human right violations and corruption. The conditions prompt government to initiate to prioritize character development,” declared Alivermana.

The research findings showed that six participants mentioned characters and policies which can be evolved psychologically from the faith, namely being thankful, praying, being honest, being helpful, being patient, praying (shalat), loving knowledge, and forgiving. He also expected that his research could explore the definition of faith mentioned on Al-Qur’an, which is justifying by heart, stating verbally, and taking actions based on science.

Additionally, Alivermanan was the 51st graduate of Doctoral Program of Psychology of Islamic Education of (UMY) and the 65th graduate of Graduate School of UMY passing the dissertation with high distinction.

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