"Strong religion is not by shouting Allahu akbar, it is in the sense of the mastery and understanding in the field of science," he said on the sidelines of an inauguration of board members of NU Pringsewu at the NU headuqarters, Pringsewu, on Tuesday (28/4/2015).
"It is impossible to understand Islam only with the Quran and Hadith. It is in need of so-called ijma' (ulema consensus) and qiyas to explain the meaning contained in it because in the Qur'an and hadith there are things that need to be interpreted," he explained.
In addition, Kang Said also called for the importance of nationalism in life, especially in dealing with the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. The Arab Muslim scholars have not been able to unite in regard with their nationalism in their Muslim-majority country.
"This is different from Indonesia. Ulema in Indonesia," Kang Said added, "could provide peaceful atmosphere to the people so that if there is a possible conflict, it could be dealt with instead of expanding into the national conflict."
"Islam and nationalism are mutually reinforcing, talk homeland first and then talk religion," he said.
Editing by Sudarto Murtaufiq, via nu.or.id