Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Humans are given an extraordinary gift, which distinguishes them from other living creatures, namely reasoning. Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko, views that, we must use human reasoning to be able to innovate and provide best solutions for mankind.

“In the context of innovation, I think it is part of an extraordinary worship. Because as long as the results of innovation are used, they will provide solutions for the ummah, the people and become a field of reward for us,” said Handoko, when invited to be one of the speakers at the Communal Quran Recital forum 5.0, Series I: entitled Culture of Innovation in Islam, live on YouTube Masjid Istiqlal TV , Monday (11/04).

Talking about building a culture of innovation, continued Handoko, many of us think that only academics or researchers can innovate. According to him, anyone can become a researcher, as long as they are sensitive to a problem and creatively seek solutions to solve problems.

“So researchers and academics must be differentiated. As for academics, he or she must have certain qualifications, and academics are usually researchers. But to be a researcher, you don’t need to be an academic, because researchers need sensitivity to a problem, and creativity in finding solutions to overcome that problem,” he said.

As an effort to build a culture of innovation in the community, explained Handoko, BRIN has launched various funding and facilitation schemes since December 2021. These schemes are open not only to BRIN academics and researchers, but also to small and large industries, universities, communities, and even the general public.

“The culture of innovation is relevant for us today in the midst of tough competition in the world, our country’s competition with other countries. So, by building a culture of innovation, Muslims, especially in Indonesia, can stand tall and on par with people from other countries,” he said.

The Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque, Nasaruddin Umar, gave an understanding that the Qur’an cannot be separated from innovation.

Iqra means not only reading, but innovating. The root of the word is istiqra ‘, which means study,” he explained.

Nasaruddin stated that innovation must have moral and religious legitimacy. That is, it does not only bring benefits, but is guided by religious values. “The Messenger of Allah combined iqra (read) and bismi rabbi (in the name of your Lord). So that religion is not to be contrasted with science,” he said.

Almost all monumental events in Islamic history, explained Nasaruddin, occurred during the holy month of Ramadan. In the world of science, the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, was founded in the holy month of Ramadan. Likewise the Baitul Hikmah which produced famous thinkers, who witnessed the high enthusiasm for learning among Muslims in the past.

“The Arab world has given birth to an advanced Islamic civilization. It is time for Indonesia to be the cornerstone of the Islamic world today,” he said.

This event also presented 2 other speakers, namely Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Habibie Center, Ilham Habibie, and Director of Telkom, M Fajrin Rasyid (tnt).