Dr. Syafi’i Antonio in his keynote speech at the Inauguration of the MES Aceh Regional Board recounted his experience when some time ago invited by the Vatican along with other Indonesian Islamic economic figures to explain the opportunities and economic development in the Islamic world.
From this experience, Syafi’i Antonio stressed the importance of Muslims to strengthen economy and seek the blessing and halal sustenance by way of entrepreneurship.
“During this time, Muslims community only became the market, while the other people enjoying the advantage. Worship blessing can be obtained with the best possible worship to God, and to get financial blessings, the way is entrepreneurship,” He said.
Syafii cited in the implementation of the Hajj/Pilgrimage, the most benefit from the business side is not enjoyed by Muslims. Ranging from transportation, consumption, equipment, accessories etc. worship is almost entirely dominated by non-Muslims. Such a huge business potential is very unfortunate if not enjoyed by Muslims.
“In Our experience mentoring young entrepreneurs, at some stage it was very difficult to increase its business class and assets, the reasons are the weakness of personal character, self discipline and management, so it is necessary to jointly addressed by involving stakeholders like MES” He further explained.
Aceh in history is famous for import-export business of agricultural and its abundant natural resources. The people of Aceh were known as hard workers, it must be managed properly to achieve the prosperity and welfare to the people of Aceh.