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Muhammad Yunus and Nobel Peace Prize

Muhammad Yunus and Nobel Peace Prize
Muhammad Yunus and Nobel Peace Prize

Muhammad Yunus and Nobel Peace PrizeI am not an economist, nor am I a South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) analyst. I hardly write on India-Pakistan-Bangladesh political events unless there’s an Indonesian newspaper requests me to do so.

That’s why when CNN reported last night that Nobel peace prize winner for this year is a person named Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi, the inventor of microcredit loan and founder of Brameen Bank which jointly announced as a co-winner, I am so amazed, surprised and happy for various reasons.First, as far as I can tell, it’s for the first time that Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to a non-political personality. Nobel Peace usually has more political connotation with, well, a bit American flavour. So, to see an economist as the winner is in itself surprising and an encouraging sign.

Second, Muhammad Yunus is a banker, a very rich man, who thinks a lot about the poor and try hard to find a way to eradicate poverty. He thinks, he gets a brilliant idea to solve poverty and implement it. For example, the microcredit system will allow a poor person to take a loan as small as USD 25 to build a (very) small business. It’s a huge success for both the creditor and the debtors. In another word, it successfully has created many jobs among the poors in Bangladesh and now being implemented around the world.

Third, what poverty eradication to do with peace? The Nobel Peace committee rightly said that when poverty doesn’t exist, peace will prevail. I couldn’t agree more with that.

Fourth, Muhammad Yunus is not only thinking about the poor and find the big way to help them without distracting their dignity, but also BEHAVING like ones: wearing a simple clothes the poors used to wear; assembling with them with ease without any attitude that might offend them; and talking to them without any sign of uncomfortability. I saw him in CNN how he’s enjoying making jokes and having fun with the downtrodden villagers in a Bangladesh remote area, the less fortunate people who he holds very dear. Something that our middle class society, who often behaves like Hollywood celebrities should be ashamed of.

I wrote somewhere that when we live in a country like Indonesia, where corruption is prevalent and poverty becomes a natural consequence of a country mismanagement, someone, or group of individuals with more skill and qualification should stand up with all his capability and skill to contribute, because in this situation the government is certainly not the one we can hope to make amend. Muhammad Yunus is certainly up to the task.

What contribution we can make? Live simple and humble, I think, is the first step in the right direction. If we earn U$D 1000/month, for example, spend less than that. If we can save USD 50/month for educating one poor kid, that would be great. On top of it all, even if you dont contribute financially to the poor, living humble and simple and avoid showing off your wealth in front of them, I believe, is a sort of indirect contribution as far as social harmony is concerned.

Just a thought, though. Nevertheless, at least, I do what I’m saying.

For more details on his profiles see here.

Rafael Nadal, the Mental Giant, Ferocious Competitor

Rafael Nadal, the Mental Giant and Ferocious Competitor
Rafael Nadal

I like watching tennis on TV every now and then. Especially when Roger Federer, the most elegant tennis player I've ever seen, is playing. But I like Rafael Nadal -Roger heir apparent-- more on one thing: his resilience and tenacity, his fearless and never-give-up attitude. Many top ten tennis player just consider Roger as invisible; as much as top ten golfers see Tiger Wood in his heyday.

Even the boom-boom player like Andy Roddick thinks so. Rafael Nadal does not. And that's why he becomes the only one among the top ten tennis players who can beat Roger Federer more than anyone else. Nadal himself acknowledge in an interview that his tenacity and fearlessness are his greatest assets in attaining his mercurial achievements.

And we, Indonesians, should watch Nadal more closely. Because many of us don't have that kind of characters Nadal has which are badly needed for facing any challenges ahead; not only challenge without but also within ourselves.

We tend to avoid challenges given to us instead of facing it unless 100 percent sure that we are capable of doing that challenge. If you have some Indian or Chinese colleague, you must be aware of what I'm saying. Frankly, among ethnic Malays - Malaysia, Brunei, Pathani (South Thailand) - Indonesians are one step ahead in terms of skills and tenacity. But, let's face it, we certainly lag behind those of other ethnic such as Indian and Chinese in terms of confidence and gut in facing hard and pressure-cooker challenges.

The lack of tenacity, perseverance and resilience symbolize more clearly when our football team are playing and concede two or three goals in the first half of play. You'll see the team look disoriented, desperate and crest-fallen. What's wrong with us? Is our Javanese culture--sopan santun, ewuh pakewuh, priyayi-abangan system--contributes to this phenomenon?

Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem

Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem
Women Breast, Surgery and Suicide

Breast for women is as much, if not more, important as the "missile" is for men. In this case, size does matter. Hence, enlargement tools for men and breast implant for women are becoming big business to those who think that physical appearance is everything, instead of inner beauty. If you are one of this category and have a future plan to do physical improvement, please beware. A survey as reported by Reuters should warn us as to how important to improve our positive mindset and sense of gratefullness to whatever physical appearance we have.

Reports Maggie Fox of Reuters,

Women who get cosmetic breast implants are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide as other women...

The main reason is

...some women who get implants may have psychiatric problems to start with, perhaps linked with lower self-esteem or body image disorders.

This is a good point. You will never feel satisfied with yourself, with your physical appearance however or whatever beautiful, handsome or attractive you are to others if self esteem is not there within you.

While breast size dissatisfaction is a common phenomenon in the West, it could also happen in India where most women are having a relatively big breast. Sushmita Sen, a 1994 Miss Universe and prominent Bollywood actor, is among rare Indian women who did breast implant.

In Indonesia, the physical problem is not women breast size. It's their nose that women feel dissatisfied the most. Many of them feel their nose are too short or too flat and need a "fix". Interestingly, nose cosmetic surgery also happen among Iranian women. As broadcast by CNN a few months ago, many middle-class Iranian women are doing nose cosmetic surgery. The reason is not about too shortness, on the contrary, they feel their nose are too long so they need to be "reduced."

The white color of Western people skin sound not so attractive to them, they need to darken it by going to any tropical places during vacation barking on the sunshine of Bali or Thailand beaches all day. Reciprocally, people who have not-so-white or even dark skin color think that white is the color their should have and hence they readily spend a lot of money to whiten it, no matter what. People of mongoloid arigins feel unhappy of their little eyes and need to make them wider. The list goes on..

Do you feel the same dissatisfied feeling of your own physical appearance? If so, how you deal with it? Share with us, there might be some reticent women and men outthere who might benefit from your towards-self-esteem experience.

Nurcholis Madjid and Moderate Islam

Nurcholis Madjid and Moderate Islam
Nurcholis Madjid

Nucholis Madjid (pron. Noorkholees Majeed), popularly known as Cak Nur* (pron. Chaa Noor), is a celebrated figure so far as Indonesian Muslim intellectual goes. He is among a few Indonesian intellectuals who were requested to come to Istana Merdeka (Indonesia's presidential palace) by then President Suharto in early 1998 to discuss, among other topics, whether he should step down or not.

According to his own statement during his visit to India months later, he's among the person who were giving the tough response: not only should Suharto step down. He had to step down. And indeed, in June 1998 Indonesia and the world witnessed Suharto announcing his resignation from Indonesia's highest office, ending his 32-year sweet and bitter authoritarian rule thus opening a new era called Reformasi (reform). The nation and the world celebrated. CNN and BBC broadcast the momentous and historic events an uninterrupted 24-hour coverage. The first ever that Indonesia got such a huge coverage on positive notes. Cak Nur's words at that moment of Suharto's fall "History counted by every second" was so popular quoted not only by national media, but by international print media as well.

During his talk in New Delhi at the time, he's talking tough and very frankly about everything particularly on government matters, something uncharacteristic of him who were known for his soft-spoken style. At the time he's talking to us, we started to be aware that something had changed. With his unusual tough and undiplomatic words before Indonesian diplomats who attended the meeting along with us--Indonesian students--as though he wanted to convey a strong message that a change, an important one, had just happened. And it's time for us to shift our coward-wrapped-by-softness attitude towards frankly-speaking kind of talk in criticising the government or any corrupt practices done by them.

I recall Soetjipto Wirosardjono (pron. Soocheepto Weerosarjono), one of my favorite Tempo magazine columnist in 1980s, once said that in criticising the government he had to make his words as diplomatic as possible so as to not offend any particular official in which case might lead him to jail on the ground of treason or subversion which could "threaten the national interest, a raison d'etre that is commonly used by any authoritarian government anywhere. Indonesian students abroad used to get "advice" from our diplomats whenever we'd have a meeting with high-level officials who visit a country where we study about things we should and should not ask during question-and-answer session with them. It's in this respect, it seemed, why Nurcholis Madjid talked in front of government official in most unorthodox way.

His thought on Islam and State

During 1970s, Cak Nur made a controversial statement that sparked nation-wide response, pros and cons on the need of separation between Islam and politic. His "Islam Yes! Politics No!" jargon drives a long debate among moderates who support his idea and conservatives who advocate the establishment of Islamic state. During 1980s, he yet again sparked a controversy. His statement in a seminar about "secularism and secularisation" and his other ideas on theological matters upset many conservatives Muslims among whom even regard him as an "apostate."

One should remember, however, that apart from his many controversial idea on Islam and state and his firm belief that Islam should occupy Muslim private domain only, he's a pious Muslim who prays five-time a day and avoids what Islam forbids. In his book Agama dan Peradaban (Religion and Civilization) he said that one who believes in God, Islam in this case, should observe whatever God or Islam commands as natural consequences to that belief. In other words, Cak Nur seems to remind the agnostic belief of the fact that believing in God without any need to observe what God commands is self-contradictory.

Father of the Nation

He is a man of principle. He believes strongly what he said. When he says something he says with his heart.** This kind of attitude earns him respect from friends and foes alike. His eagerness to see Indonesians united on common ground of Indonesianness, rather than tearing apart by communal fanaticism, attracts many followers of various background.

After the fall of Suharto's Orde Lama (new order) regime in late 1980s, he's the only prominent intellectual who resisted the temptation of power and continue voicing his idea of united Indonesia and of tolerant life-style among different faiths He came from Jombang, Jawa Timur (East Java), the most populuous province in the country.

Despite disagreement with some of his ideas, especially on religious matters, one may not and should not ignore his contribution on two most important thing: his relentless efforts in uniting various perception on nationhood and in advocating the need of tolerance among various faiths, ethnicities and regions to see the nation grows strong in facing the challenges ahead.

Second, his pioneering and inspiring role in making discourse on Islam and Indonesia among intellectual and academician alive and kicking, one important requirement to foresee the grimness or brightness of a nation. A nation who feels satisfied with status quo and stuck with it is a nation of backward people. History tells us that nation with such attitude is awaiting other nation/s to "colonise" us. A kind of nation that drives a colonialist ideolog like Rudyard Kipling justifies British colonialism on the ground that it's the "duty" or the "burden" of more advanced nation (read, white people) to "help" the backward ones. Nurcholis Madjid just help us to be aware of this situation. It's not exaggerated, therefore, that media dubbed him as the father of the nation for his commitment, dedication and contribution to the nation and at the same time his abstinence from politics at the time when opportunity wide-open.

A big nation would always remember and appreciate any contribution of its best sons and daughters, to learn what is right from them and to forgive but not to repeat any mistake done by them. Afterall, they are humans who are trying their best for the country.

Footnotes:

*'Cak' literally means elder brother. Used generally in certain area in East Java. It's used by many East Javanese people to call those who they respect and hold dear and is so close to their heart. For Cak Nur, however, the term Cak is used nation-wide indicating how popular he is even now, years after his death.

**Not every intellectuals speaks for what they believe in; some speak for their stomach. Proposing a new idea by "order" from particular sponsors. Hence the inconsistencies and disgrace to some.

Indonesia Military

Indonesia Military
Indonesia Military*

On a Sunday morning in the late 1990s I met with Air Marshall Ganjar Wiranegara, then was a Colonel, and talked about the current situation which was worsening in every field in our country: from economy, monetary crisis and civil-military relationship. A kind of situation that triggered the fall-from-grace of Suharto's 32-odd year dictatorial rule soon afterwards.

Mr. Ganjar* observed that Indonesia's military has undergone, in his own word, "the lowest point of dignity" so long as people-military relation goes.

His word came in the midth of civil unrest and students protest throughout the country with some of Jakarta students had been killed by military in what was famously known as Semanggi incident.

***

Indonesia's military enjoys many priveleges and leverages that might envy any military establishment in the world. Unlike in any democratic countries, it has what the so-called dwi fungsi OR dual function in which the Consitution gives the armed forces a central role in politics as well as responsibility for defence.

In Suharto's era, it's the military that occupies most of very important portfolio both in government as well as in state-run companies.

When I was a kid I recalled reading Tempo Magazine's special report on military in which it told us this interesting joke:

The other day, a father with five children asked their kids on what they want to be when they grow up.

"I want to be a director of State Bank," said the first.
"I want to be a director of Garuda Indonesia," said the second.
"I want to be a Minister of Finance" said the third.
"I want to be an Indonesian Ambassador to the US" said the fourth.
"I want to be a Governor in Jakarta" said the fifth.

The wise father smiles and is proud of the fact that his kids are all ambitious persons. He also smiles because all his kids 'destinations' are achievable provided he gives a good advice to them. After a moment of thought, he smiles wider and conclude the talk saying, " Ok, kids. Listen, you can achieve whatever you wanna be if you join the military academy!

***

Around two years after my conversation with Mr. Ganjar, our president was BJ Habibie, Suharto was no longer in sight. Military was still "in the lowest point." At the time, I listened to Juwono Sudarsono's interview with BBC stating that "so far the military is still the finest institution in our country."

He seems to remind us to be cautious in criticising the armed forces and at the same time to acknowledge the significant of it's role.

I agree then. And still do now. We need them to guard this country against any enemies, the real enemies that might come from foreign land, not their own people as it happened in the past. At the same time we need to remind them to not overstep their role in the future. We dont want to be such country as Thailand, Myanmar and Pakistan. Also, we dont want another father of five-kids advises their children with the same not-so-funny joke above.

What we want is simple: let the best sons and daughters of the country compete to hold whatever good position they deserve. Only then can we compete with other nation in facing any challenge that lay ahead.

*We call the same name for formal and informal situation.

** This is an old post written after Reformasi

Kontroversi Islam Nusantara

Kontroversi Islam Nusantara
ISLAM NUSANTARA

M Kholid Syeirazi

Saya tidak heran kalau orang-orang salafi, baik hijazi maupun Ikhwani, itu menolak Islam Nusantara karena sejak dari sono-nya mereka menolak NU dan menggolangkannya sebagai ahlul bid’ah. Saya juga tidak heran kalau orang-orang Masyumi dan keturunannya mencela Islam Nusantara karena sejak dulu kita memilih berada di satu rumah tetapi beda kamar. Yang saya takjub itu orang NU yang ikut latah menolak Islam Nusantara gara-gara opini orang yang salah paham atau pahamnya salah. Islam Nusantara itu ya Islam NU itu, Islam Ahlussunnah Waljama’ah an-Nahdliyah! Itu kayak isi lama dalam botol baru. Tidak ada yang berubah. Basis teologinya sama, Asy’ariyah. Madzhab fikihnya Syafi’i. Pandangan tasawufnya ikut Junaid al-Baghdadi dan al-Ghazali. Gampangnya, Islam Nusantara itu Islam yang diamalkan dalam wadah budaya Nusantara, sebagaimana sudah dijalankan NU selama ini.

Nalarnya tidak usah dibikin rumit. Islam itu agama. Sifatnya universal, lintas ruang dan waktu. Manusia itu temporal-partikular, terikat ruang waktu dan waktu. Dia makhluk berbudaya. Begitu agama yang universal itu diamalkan oleh manusia yang partikular, ekspresinya beragam, sesuai dengan wadah budayanya. Islam yang diamalkan di Arab tentu punya karakteristik berbeda dengan Islam yang diamalkan di Persia, Cina, dan Jawa. Perbedaannya di tingkat cabang (furû’), bukan pokok (ushûl). Yang pokok bersifat universal, tidak berubah atau diubah, untuk selamanya.

Syahadat ya syahadatain, tidak boleh ditambah atau dikurangi. Salat subuh ya dua raka’at, tidak boleh ditambah atau dikurangi. Soal pakai Qunut, itu persoalan cabang karena kita mengikuti Syafi’i. Dan perlu diingat, Imam Syafi’i itu orang Arab keturunan Qura’isy yang lahir di Palestina, karena itu pandangan-pandangannya sangat Arabis. Soal salat, misalnya, sudah pasti Imam Syafi’i mewajibkan salat dalam bahasa Arab. Tidak sah salat selain dalam bahasa Arab karena pedomannya qath’i: صلوا كما رايتموني اصلي. Ini berbeda dengan Imam Hanafi yang orang Persia. Dalam sebuah qaul, Imam Hanafi membolehkan salat dalam bahasa Persia, meski yang utama pakai bahasa Arab. Jadi tidak masuk akal tudingan pencela NU yang bilang Islam Nusantara itu anti-Arab.

Nabi kita orang Arab dan NU sangat ta’dzim kepada habaib keturunan Nabi. Salat kita pakai bahasa Arab. Tidak pernah ada bahtsul masâ’il di NU yang membolehkan salat pakai bahasa Jawa. Bahkan nama-nama keluarga santri NU hampir rata-rata nama Arab, termasuk saya. Rasanya tidak mantap kalau santri NU tidak pakai nama Arab. Lucunya, pencela NU yang bilang Islam Nusantara itu anti-Arab, seringkali asal namanya sendiri justru nama Nusantara yang kemudian “di-Arab-Arabkan,” pakai ganti nama atau ditambah embel Abu-Abi atau Ummu-Ummi. Masih soal salat, orang Arab pakai jubah dan umamah (surban udeng-udeng), kita pakai batik dan kopyah. Itulah Islam Nusantara. Sebelum salat puji-pujian, setelah salat dzikir bareng dan mushafahah. Itulah Islam Nusantara. Nabi tidak mengajarkannya, tetapi juga tidak melarangnya.

Soal zakat, kita jalankan zakat, tetapi objeknya tidak sama dengan orang Arab. Orang Arab zakat fitrah pakai kurma atau gandum, kita pakai beras. Itulah Islam Nusantara.

Soal puasa, kita sama-sama tidak makan-minum dan jima’ dari subuh sampai maghrib. Tidak ada NU mengajarkan puasa ngebleng, puasa semalam suntuk karena Nabi tidak mengajarkannya. Tetapi soal menu buka puasa, orang Arab pakai kurma, kita kolak pisang. Itulah Islam Nusantara. Lepas bulan puasa, kita halalbihalal, didahului acara mudik kolosal. Itulah Islam Nusantara.

Soal haji, kita sama-sama pergi ke Arab, tidak ke Parung. Tetapi, soal dulu Nabi ke Makkah pakai unta atau kuda dan kita sekarang terbang pakai pesawat, itu soal teknis dan sama sekali bukan bid’ah.

Orang Arab tidak punya budaya slametan. Orang Jawa hobi ‘cangkruk’, slametan yang isinya keplek dan nenggak miras. Walisongo datang, slametannya dipertahankan, tetapi isinya diganti tahlil dan salawat. Keplek dan mirasnya diganti berkat. Namanya tahlilan. Itulah Islam Nusantara.
Orang Arab itu egaliter. Memanggil Nabi yang mulia tidak ada bedanya dengan memanggil penggembala domba, “Ya Muhammad.” Orang Jawa punya budaya unggah-ungguh, stratanya canggih dan rumit. ‘Njangkar’ alias manggil orang mulia apa adanya itu saru alias tabu. Ada embel-embel “Ngarso Ndalem”, Sinuhun, dst. Karena itu, orang Arab salawatnya cukup pakai redaki اللهم صل على محمد, orang NU ditambah kata Sayyidina (سيدنا). Itulah Islam Nusantara.

Jadi Islam Nusantara itu bukan barang baru, itu soal ganti casing. Kalau ada yang ingin dipertegas dari Islam Nusantara adalah pandangan politiknya. Islam Nusantara itu pendukung sintesis Islam dan kebangsaan. NKRI final, titik. Tidak ada Khilafah sebagai sistem politik. NKRI yang isinya pembangunan inklusif, ekonomi berdikari, dan minim ketimpangan, itu sudah islami. Itu yang harus didorong. Tidak ada lagi membentuk Negara Islam. Manifestasi Islam Nusantara itu bukan hanya dalam fikrah dîniyah (agama), tetapi juga siyâsiyah (politik) dan iqtishâdiyah (ekonomi). Fikrah diniyah-nya tawassuth, fikrah siyâsiyah-nya NKRI, fikrah iqtishadiyah-nya ekonomi konstusi. Jadilah Negara Kesejahteraan Pancasila. Inilah tema Kongres II ISNU yang insyaAllah digelar di Bandung, 24-26 Agustus 2018: PEMBANGUNAN INKLUSIF DAN ISLAM NUSANTARA MENYONGSONG SE-ABAD INDONESIA SEBAGAI NEGARA KESEJAHTERAAN PANCASILA.

Inti gagasan ini sederhana, kita ingin membangun Indonesia berdasarkan agama. Artinya kita tidak ingin membentuk Indonesia sebagai negara sekuler. Tetapi agama seperti apa yang ingin kita tegakkan? Agama yang ramah, toleran, inklusif, yang menunjang Pembangunan Indonesia, bukan Pembangunan di Indonesia. Tentu ada beda antara PEMBANGUNAN INDONESIA DAN PEMBANGUNAN DI INDONESIA. Pembangunan Indonesia merefleksikan bahwa pelaku dan penerima manfaat pembangunan adalah rakyat Indonesia. Sementara Pembangunan di Indonesia adalah pembangunan oleh siapa saja di Indonesia, tidak peduli siapa pelaku dan penerima manfaatnya. Karena Indonesia mayoritas muslim, agama di sini adalah Islam. Jadi Islam yang ingin kita tegakkan adalah Islam nasionalis, Islam inklusif yang mendukung pembangunan inklusif. Itulah Islam Nusantara.

Kalau kalian punya persepsi lain tentang Islam Nusantara, itu urusan kalian. Kami tidak mengurusi keyakinan orang lain. Kami hanya mengurusi keyakinan kami sendiri. Kami hanya ingin jadi umat Kanjeng Nabi Muhammad dengan segala ekspresi kami sebagai orang Jawa, orang Sunda, orang Melayu, dll. Kalau kalian menganggap ber-Islam harus sama atau semakin dekat dengan budaya Arab, silakan saja, asal kalian menghormati tempat bumi berpijak, Indonesia dan tidak berencana merusaknya. Indonesia dengan segala warna-warninya adalah anugerah bagi kita semua.

Sekretaris Jenderal PP ISNU
Sumber: https://www.facebook.com/mkholid.syeirazi/posts/10157640386243242

Dua Kali Golput, Pilpres 2019 Saya Akan Memilih


Tulisan komentar di Youtube dari akun Lando Dungjo dari Video di bawah ini:



Sy rakyat biasa. Dan sekali lagi bukan siapa2. Cukup mengikuti prosedur negara. Kemaren dan sekarang orang2 mengkampanyekan pemimpin a b dan c seperti apa yg mereka ucapkan. Tetapi lisanpun kenyataanya tak teryakini oleh hati. Janji sekedar janji. Actionnya nol besar. Namun dengan pemimpin 1 ini... Enthlah saat ini sy menaruh prhtian diam2 pada jokowi ketika mlhatnya yg sangat dekat dengan rakyatnya, tak ada batas. Sdikit bcara janji, tapi terlihat dengan actionya. Blusukan yg dia lakukan. Efeknya luar biasa. Masalah yg sbenarnya dijangkaui olehnya. Jujur kemaren sdh 2 kali sy tdk memanfaatkan hak sy utk memilih presiden ri. Padhl itu adlh hak saya. Tpi sypun punya hak atas sikap sy knpa mmlih utk golput. Banyak yg mnjd pertimbangan. Slaah satunya adalah kenyamanan dan harapan warga dri pelosok utk perjuangan hidup mereka. Pendidikan kesehatan kesejhteraan. Skarg sy pun bisa merasakan itu dgn adanya dana desa. Mendapati kepala desa yg jujur dan bertggung jwabpun sy sudah bangga sebagai rakyat biasa. Ttga sudah terjamin hidupnya, kesehatan dab pendidikan anak2nya. Sya sudah senang.

Tetapi ... Sampe dengan skrg sy masih menganalisa. Kemana pemimpin bangsa yg dulu seperti dia ?! Rakyat adem melihat dia. Merasa rindu ketika di tinggalkan. Saya bahkan tidak terpikir orang sekecil dia ... Bisa mengurus indonesia sebegini luas dengan dinamika permasalahan rakyat yg ruwet.

Tapi ya tuhan... Mengikuti rekam jejak dia. Awalnya cukup melihat, tapi sekarang sudah menaruh hati. Apa saja yg dia lakukan selalu menjadi perhatian. Banyak berita menjelekan diapun... Saya masih bisa konsisten utk melihat apakah dia pemimpin yang dapat diharapkan rakyat. Atau benar dia pemimpin yg seperti diberitakan.

Tapi makin kesini, karena kesabaran atau sikap beliau yg tawu strategi dirinya dalam menjaga masalah yang dtg mmbhyakan dirinya. Akhirnya alloh ridho , dan beliau tenag2 sj sampe dgn skrg. Dulupun melihat videonya yg jadi imam dan saat mnyampaikan mukadimah berpidato, bebrapa ayat yg keliru disebutkan, sekarang tak lagi berbekas. Beliau malah terus belajar, bekerja bekerja dan bekerja. Etos kerja. Disiplin dan tanggung jawab yang selalu di dengungkan dalam pidatonya. Membuat sy pun bangga. Termotivasi untuk terus mengimprove diri.

" kesalahan bukan kemunduran. Tapi pijakan kedepan untuk lebih baik lagi."

sampe mulutpun tak sanggup lagi mengucap syukur ke yg maha kuasa. Utg ada hati... Yang diam2 mendoakanmu pak presiden. Tetaplah jaga akhlakmu, pengetahuanmu. Mohon selalu petunjuk ke alloh swt, utk terus menjaga rakyatmu dengan kemampuanmu yang satu.
Insyaallah tahun 2019 nanti kita akan menunggu, samina watona... Terhdap apa yg minjadi misi anda mengenai "fokus pada peningkatan kualitas sdm, bina terus akhlak, krena akhlak harus diatas dari sekedar pengetahuan".

Salam bangga dari sy, salam haru dr saya. Sebagai rakyat yang sekarang sudah cukup merasakan pembangunan sampe di pelosok desa. Melalui dana desa. Saya suka managemen anda terhadap negara. Orang2 yg membantu andapun semoga diberikan kesehatan dan kejujuran yg tulus untuk membantu anda.

Allahu akbar ... Sehat selalu anda pak jokowi. Aminn allahuma amin... Terima kasih

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Hukum Kredit Rumah Mobil Motor
Halal haram Hukum Kredit Rumah dan Mobil motor

Allah subhanahu wata’ala menghalalkan seorang hamba untuk melakukan transaksi jual beli. Segala bentuk jual beli asal memenuhi tuntunan yang sudah disyariatkan oleh Baginda Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam dan sebagaimana sudah dijabarkan oleh para ulama dalam kitab-kitab turats fiqih, adalah boleh dipraktikkan. Wajah jual beli adalah mendapatkan keuntungan. Antara keuntungan jual beli kontan dan jual beli kredit, bertempo, adalah sama-sama diperbolehkan oleh syariat.

Khusus jual beli kredit, keserupaan keuntungan yang didapat lewat jual beli secara kredit ini sering diwacanakan secara salah oleh sekelompok masyarakat. Banyak orang yang beranggapan bahwa jual beli kredit adalah sama dengan “nganakne duit” (riba). Padahal, sama sekali hal itu bukan sebagaimana yang dimaksudkan. Penyerupaan jual beli secara kredit ini pernah juga dilakukan oleh orang-orang kafir jahiliyah pada masa risalah kenabian Baginda Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, namun hal itu secara tegas dibantah oleh Allah lewat Surat al-Baqarah ayat 275. Lewat ayat itu, Allah juga mengancam bahwa orang-orang yang menyerupakan antara “keuntungan jual beli yang diperoleh secara kredit” dengan “keuntungan yang didapat dari riba”, dengan:

1. Kelak ia akan dibangkitkan dari kubur dalam keadaan seperti orang yang gila
2. Tempat kembali orang yang demikian itu adalah neraka, sebagai seburuk-buruk tempat kembali (QS. Al-Baqarah 275)

Betapa Allah sangat memperhatikan kehidupan niaga ini dengan sampai memberikan ancaman bagi kaum yang hendak mengaburkan pandangan antara jual beli dan riba. Padahal, sekilas memang antara keduanya–yakni praktik jual beli dan riba–adalah hampir sama, bahkan ada kemiripan. Letak perbedaan utamanya adalah pada proses akad yang dipergunakan dan praktiknya. Mungkin, di sinilah alasan mengapa Allah SWT memberikan penekanan khusus terhadap jual beli ini di dalam Al-Qur’an, adalah karena sebagian besar kebutuhan manusia itu harus dipenuhi dengan jalan melakukan transaksi jual beli dan muamalah lainnya yang sejenis termasuk di dalamnya harus diperoleh dengan jalan kredit.

Baca juga: Hukum Mengonsumsi Uang Deposito Bank

Jual beli kredit dalam istilah fiqih disebut dengan بيع تقسيط (dibaca: bai‘ taqsîth). Adapun jual beli dengan bertempo disebut dengan istilah بيع بالثمن الآجل (dibaca: bai’ bi al-tsamani al-âjil). Jual beli bertempo atau taqsîth yang disertai dengan uang muka, disebut dengan istilah بيع عربان (dibaca: bai’ urbân). Ketiga-tiganya merupakan jual beli dengan harga tidak tunai (harga tunda). Apakah jual beli ini sama dengan riba?

Dalam literatur fiqih kontemporer, bai’ taqsîth (jual beli kredit) ini didefinisikan sebagai berikut:

البيع بالتقسيط بيع بثمن مؤجل يدفع إلى البائع في أقساط متفق عليها، فيدفع البائع البضاعة المبيعة إلى المشتري حالة، ويدفع المشتري الثمن في أقساط مؤجلة، وإن اسم " البيع بالتقسيط " يشمل كل بيع بهذه الصفة سواء كان الثمن المتفق عليه مساويًا لسعر السوق، أو أكثر منه، أو أقل، ولكن المعمول به في الغالب أن الثمن في " البيع بالتقسيط " يكون أكثر من سعر تلك البضاعة في السوق، فلو أراد رجل أن يشتريها نقدًا، أمكن له أن يجدها في السوق بسعر أقل ولكنه حينما يشتريها بثمن مؤجل بالتقسيط، فإن البائع لا يرضى بذلك إلا أن يكون ثمنه أكثر من ثمن النقد، فلا ينعقد البيع بالتقسيط عادة إلا بأكثر من سعر السوق في بيع الحال.

Artinya: “Bai’ taqsîth adalah praktik jual beli dengan harga bertempo yang dibayarkan kepada penjual dalam bentuk cicilan yang disepakati. Sementara itu, penjual menyerahkan barang dagangan (bidla’ah) yang dijualnya kepada pembeli seketika itu juga pada waktu terjadinya aqad. Kewajiban pembeli adalah menyerahkan harga untuk barang yang dibeli dalam bentuk cicilan berjangka. Disebut dengan istilah bai’ taqsîth adalah karena memuatnya ia kepada sebuah bentuk transaksi jual beli dengan ciri harga yang disepakati:1) sama dengan harga pasar, atau 2) lebih tinggi dari harga pasar, atau sebaliknya 3) lebih rendah dari harga pasar. Akan tetapi yang umum berlaku adalah pada umumnya harga dari barang bai’ taqsîth adalah lebih tinggi dibanding harga jual pasar.” (Lihat: Al-Qadli Muhammad Taqi al-Utsmâny, Ahkamu al Bai’ al-Taqsîth dalam Majalah Majma’ al-Fiqhu al-Islamy, tt, Juz 7, hal. 596)

Memperhatikan sisi definisi di atas, maka apabila ada skema penjualan seperti berikut ini, maka ia bisa dikelompokkan ke dalam bai’ taqsîth (jual beli kredit).

Bagaimana hukumnya membeli mobil dengan skema jual beli kredit sedemikian itu?

Imam Nawawi menyatakan di dalam kitab Raudlatu al-Thalibin, bahwasannya jual kredit hukumnya adalah “boleh.”

أما لو قال بعتك بألف نقداً وبألفين نسيئة... فيصح العقد
Artinya: “Andai ada seorang penjual berkata kepada seorang pembeli: “Aku jual ke kamu (suatu barang), bila kontan dengan 1.000 dirham, dan bila kredit sebesar 2.000 dirham, maka aqad jual beli seperti ini adalah sah.” (Abu Yahya bin Syaraf al-Nawawi, Raudlatu al-Thâlibîn, Maktabah Kairo, Juz 3, hal 397)

Sampai di sini, maka bisa diambil kesimpulan, bahwasannya jual beli kredit adalah boleh. Orang yang menyerupakan jual beli kredit dengan riba, adalah kelak mendapat ancaman dari Allah, sebagaimana tertuang di dalam QS. Al-Baqarah 275, yaitu:

1. Kelak akan bangkit dari kubur dalam keadaan seperti orang yang gila
2. Tempat kembali orang-orang yang sedemikian itu adalah neraka, dan ia adalah seburuk-buruk tempat kembali.

Wallahu a’lam
Muhammad Syamsudin, Pegiat Kajian Fiqih Terapan dan Pengasuh Pondok Pesantren Hasan Jufri Putri, P. Bawean, Jatim

Sumber: NU.OR.ID

Cara Menyikapi Berita Bohong (Hoaks)

Cara Menyikapi Berita Bohong (Hoaks)
Pengasuh Pondok Pesantren Qoshrul Arifin Kasepuhan Atas Angin, Cikoneng, Ciamis Hadratussyekh KH M. Irfa’i Nahrawi An-Naqsyabandi qs, dalam menjawab fenomena ledakan fitnah dalam kehidupan bermasyarakat dan bernegara dengan adanya media sosial, mengajak kita untuk kembali mengikuti langkah-langkah yang telah dicontohkan oleh Rasulullah SAW yang berlandaskan pada Al-Quran.

Menurut beliau, dalam Islam sudah sempurna tuntunannya, termasuk dalam hal mengelola dan memverifikasi lalu lintas informasi pada sumber-sumber yang legitimate dalam kehidupan sosial politik agar tidak justru berujung pada kerusakan dan perpecahan di antara masyarakat.

“Dalam menghadapi kemajuan media sosial dalam iklim (sosial-politik) yang panas mestinya kita harus waspada dan berjuang jangan sampai pos-pos media sosial dijadikan sebagai pangkalan setan,” pesan beliau kepada para peserta pengajian Ramadhan beberapa waktu lalu.

“Mestinya kita tahu siapa setan itu, misi setan tidak lain hanya untuk mengajak umat manusia berbuat keji dan mungkar, menebarkan kebencian dan permusuhan. Jangan bebaskan kampanye setan dalam propagandanya untuk memporak-porandakan persatuan dan kesatuan (persaudaraan) kita dalam kehidupan beragama dan berbangsa.”

Demikian, beliau mengajak agar umat Islam memahami Al-Qur’an secara mendalam agar tidak terjebak pada pemahaman-pemahan yang tekstualis dan kaku.

“Saudaraku kaum muslimin, tidak perlu kita berdebat tentang hukum dan kebenaran, Al-Qur’an dan Sunnah sebagai panduan dan pelita bagi hidup kita. Pahami Al-Qur’an secara mendalam. Di dalam setiap huruf-hurufnya, kalimat maupun ungkapannya tidak ada ikhtilaf dalam memutuskan perkara ambilah yang muhkam (yang berkandungkan hukum yang jelas), yang mutasyabih tanyakan kepada ahlinya. Jangan ikuti hawa nafsu dan mengambil putusan hukum dengan megadukan yang muhkam dengan yang mutasyabih,” lanjutnya, sembari mengutip Surat An-Nisa ayat 82.

أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَوْ كانَ مِنْ عِنْدِ غَيْرِ اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُوا فِيهِ اخْتِلافاً كَثِيراً

“Maka apakah mereka tidak memperhatikan Al-Qur’an? Kalau kiranya Al-Qur’an itu bukan dari sisi Allah, tentulah mereka mendapat pertentangan yang banyak di dalamnya.”

Kemudian beliau melanjutkan pada ayat berikutnya (An-Nisa ayat 83) yang memberikan petunjuk yang bahkan sangat teknis dan terperinci tentang bagaimana kita seharusnya mengelola informasi agar selalu memverifikasi informasi pada sumber-sumber yang legitimate dan penanggung jawab di setiap institusi:

وَإِذا جاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذاعُوا بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلى أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنْبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطانَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً

“Dan apabila datang kepada mereka suatu berita tentang keamanan ataupun ketakutan, mereka lalu menyiarkannya (memviralkannya). Dan kalau mereka menyerahkannya kepada Rasul dan ulil amri di antara mereka, tentulah orang-orang yang ingin mengetahui kebenarannya (akan dapat) mengetahuinya dari mereka (Rasul dan ulil amri). Kalau tidaklah karena karunia dan rahmat Allah kepada kamu, tentulah kamu mengikut syaitan, kecuali sebahagian kecil saja (di antaramu).”

“Mari kita belajar pada Al-Qur’an dan sunnah Nabi untuk mensikapi membanjirnya berita dari banyaknya media sosial agar kita selamat dari propaganda setan dan agar setiap berita bernilai positif (menambahkan pengetahuan) kita. Bila kita mendengar berita jangan langsung diviralkan, gali dulu (istimbath) kebenaran dan keakuratannya. Tanyakan kepada beliau Rasul dan ulil amri (tokoh, pemimpin, atau pengasuh yang memiliki wewenang dan keahlian dalam bidangnya.” Beliau mengajak agar mengambil contoh pada Nabi Muhammad SAW.

“Suatu contoh bila suatu berita membicarakan suatu pondok pesantren, gali kebenarannya lewat pengasuh pondok pesantren tersebut, bila berita itu berhubungan dengan (pemerintahan) atau dalam ranah kepolisian maka tanyakan kepada ulil amrinya atau komandannya, dan seterusnya. Bila tidak demikian, maka akan banyak di antara kita menjadi mangsa setan dan terjerumus dalam jurang pertikaian dalam perpecahan yang tiada hentinya. Sayangilah diri kita, sayangilah keluarga dan sayangilah bangsa kita ini,” beliau menekankan.

Beliau menunjukkan betapa luasnya cakupan tuntunan Islam dalam menghadapi fenomena apapun dalam kehidupan ini. Bahkan, dalam ayat tersebut Rasulullah seperti telah memberikan antisipasi terkait institusi-institusi keagamaan (Rasul) dan institusi kepemerintahan (Ulil Amri) yang kini telah memiliki otonominya masing-masing. Yang dituntut dari kita hanyalah konsistensi untuk selalu menjadikannya pedoman dengan pemahaman yang mendalam. Beliau menutup nasihat-nasihatnya dengan doa:

اللهم افتح بيننا وبينا قومنا بالحق وانت خير الفاتحين يا فتاح يا عليم

Sumber: NU.OR.ID

Islam in China Blog

Blog about Muslim China
Islam in China Blog

Chinese in the mainland China is hardly known for their english speaking ability or fondness to the language. But by doing so, this blogger named Wang Daiyu makes the quality content of his blog readable to the whole world. The blog got the honor as Best Asian Blog by Brass Crescent 2008. Congrats for that Wang Daiyu. Well Deserved and Keep it up!

I'm grateful for that. Also I'm grateful to Indonesian bloggers who do the same thing. Let your blog readable and accessible accross ocean and continents by blogging in English.

US Blocks UN Statement Calling for Gaza Cease-Fire

Jan. 3: US Blocks UN Statement Calling for Gaza Cease-Fire

UNITED NATIONS — The United States late Saturday blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel and expressing concern at the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff said the United States saw no prospect of Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, abiding by last week's council call for an immediate end to the violence. Therefore, he said, a new statement at this time "would not be adhered to and would have no underpinning for success, would not do credit to the council."

France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, the current council president, announced that there was no agreement among members on a statement. But he said there were "strong convergences" among the 15 members to express serious concern about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and the need for "an immediate, permanent and fully respected cease-fire."

Addthis.com Bookmark Button

I have never used Addthis.com bookmark button right after each post, because the task has been nicely performed by Feedburner's Feedflare. But of late, I saw the Feedflare is no longer work. I don't know why.

So from today, I put the Addthis drop-down bookmark button which will show after each post. If you want to put it in your own blog, copy and paste the following code and see the live demo below every post of this blog:


<!-- AddThis Bookmark Button BEGIN -->
<script type='text/javascript'>
addthis_url = &#39;<data:post.url/>&#39;;
addthis_title = &#39;<data:post.title/>&#39;
addthis_pub = &#39;&#39;;
</script><script src='http://s7.addthis.com/js/addthis_widget.php?v=12' type='text/javascript'/>

The code can be put in a self-hosted wordpress and blogger.com/blogspot. It cannot be installed in wordpress.com.

The idea of putting the Addthis bookmark button is to enable visitors to save a particular article or post into a social bookmarking services such as facebook, google, del.icio.us, yahoo buzz, digg.com, etc.

If you run a self-hosted wordpress, you may use a Addthis bookmark plugin. I should remind you, however, that installing too much plugins is not good as far as server load is concerned (unless you're using a dedicated server). Avoid using plugins unless it's really necessary.

How to Install in Blogger.com Blogspot

1. After login -> Layout -> Edit HTML.
2. Copy and paste the given code above after (below) the following code:

<p><data:post.body/></p>
<div style='clear: both;'/> <!-- clear for photos floats -->

For self-hosted wordpress, you can put it anywhere in the loop as you want it to appear. I think, putting the code in the post.php area is good idea.

Microsoft: Windows 7 and IE8

According to 23 tests comparing the 32-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3, the upcoming version of Windows will be more efficient.

3 people killed, buildings damaged in Indonesia's earthquakes

AP has this report:

A series of powerful earthquakes at dawn killed at least three people and injured dozens more in remote eastern Indonesia on Sunday, cutting power lines and badly damaging buildings.

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck at 4:43 a.m. local time (1943 GMT) about 85 miles (135 kilometers) from Manokwari, Papua, at a depth of 22 miles (35 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Agency said. It was followed by a strong 7.5 aftershock.

Three bodies were found including a 10-year-old girl, hospital director Hengky Tewu told The Associated Press.

Worldwide protest at Israel's Gaza offensive

iPeople around the world, including in Euruope, condemn the excessive Israeli Gaza offensive. So far as US still blind-support it, Israel will lend a deft ear:

Thousands of chanting, banner-waving demonstrators marched in cities across Europe on Saturday to demand a halt to Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip.

Interesting to see even the British, who gave the land of Palestine to Israel, are holding mass Rally come to Times Square to protests fighting in Gaza Strip

Other Israeli-Palestinian conflict developments:

Israeli troops launch ground attack in Gaza
Thousands in Canada protest Israel's Gaza assault
San Francisco rally protests Israel's Gaza action
Gaza protesters throw shoes at Downing Street

Email Spam

This is a sample of email spam or junk email that could easily cheat those who are new to internet world:

From: mariam coulibaly
mariamcoulibaly_01@yahoo.fr
Subject email: Hello Dearest One

Dear Sir,

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I am Mariam Coulibaly the only daughter of late Mr.and Mrs.Muhammed Coulibaly My father was former Director of finance Sierra-Leone diamond,Gold and mining corporation, in Free Town , the economic capital of Sierra Leon, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip .While my mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on october 2006 in a private hospital in Free Town Sierra Leon.

And he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Nine Million, United State Dollars. US($12,800.000.00) left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank in Abidjan the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire,that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business ssociates.

That incase he die I should move out of the country down to Cote d' Ivoire where he made the deposit to seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose after my education such as real estate management or hotel management.I am living in Cote D'Ivoire since 3months now.

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Moreover, Dear, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within Seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.Please,get back to me if you are interested

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Thanks and God blessing.

From Miss Mariam Coulibaly

NOTE:Please kindly get back to me immediately you recieve this message
i am now in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire where the money was deposited.

Info and definition on email spam from wikipedia:

E-mail spam, also known as junk e-mail, is a subset of spam that involves nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by e-mail. A common synonym for spam is unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). Definitions of spam usually include the aspects that email is unsolicited and sent in bulk. "UCE" refers specifically to unsolicited commercial e-mail.

E-mail spam has steadily, even exponentially grown since the early 1990s to several billion messages a day. Spam has frustrated, confused, and annoyed e-mail users. Laws against spam have been sporadically implemented, with some being opt-out and others requiring opt in e-mail. The total volume of spam (over 100 billion emails per day as of April 2008[update]) has leveled off slightly in recent years, and is no longer growing exponentially. The amount received by most e-mail users has decreased, mostly because of better filtering. About 80% of all spam is sent by fewer than 200 spammers. Botnets, networks of virus-infected computers, are used to send about 80% of spam. Since the cost of the spam is borne mostly by the recipient[6], it is effectively postage due advertising.

E-mail addresses are collected from chatrooms, websites, newsgroups, and viruses which harvest users' address books, and are sold to other spammers. Much of spam is sent to invalid e-mail addresses. ISPs have attempted to recover the cost of spam through lawsuits against spammers, although they have been mostly unsuccessful in collecting damages despite winning in court.

For internet newbie who just signed up and had one's first free email, this kind of info is important.

New Islamic Year Muharram 1430

Not many Muslim know that today is a new Islamic Calendar year. Today is 1 Muharram 1430 Hijriyah. That's because we don't accustom to celebrate it. We officially celebrate only two Eids, Idul Fitri and Idul Adha. Two things that all Muslims around the world have in common to celebrate. Other than that there are some differences as to which Islamic day we should celebrate.

Regardless, I'd like to wish a "Happy New Islamic Year Muharram 1430 H." to all Muslim brothers and sisters around the world.

Further reading:

Happy New Islamic Year 1429
Merry Christmas 2008

Haji a Spiritual Journey and Social Prestige

Kyai Haji a Spiritual Journey and Social Prestige
Hajj, as it's known, is the Pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam. And Hajji is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca. In Indonesia, we call it Haji. Although all Muslims who have performed hajj deserve the title Hajji or Haji, not many of them use it. Except in Indonesia.

In Indonesia the title of Haji symbolizes more than merely a person who has done hajj. To some people, it means an upliftment of certain social status; a symbol of piousness; of pride, etc. For whatever reasons almost all Indonesian Muslims proudly add the title in front of their names. Regardless wether they're having a secular leaning thought or pure practicing Muslims.

For Ulama or Muslim scholars, who used to be called Kyai, the title Haji is a must, without which their ulama's cridential are questionable. Apart from that, we or they themselves, used to write their names as KH, acronym from Kyai Haji.That's why even a secular Islamic thinker and former Indonesian president like Abdurrahman 'Gus Dur' Wahid wrote Kyai Haji before his name when he published his op-ed piece in the Washington Post a few weeks ago.

I hardly find that kind of fondness to Hajji title used by Indian Muslims or any other Muslims from other parts of the world

The Smeller a Man the More Attractive He Becomes

If you're a kind of metrosexual personality and are proud of being in the lifestyle, here's the "nightmare" for you: women enjoy the smell of men. The "sweet" of men's sweat just make women aroused, literally.

A study carried out by Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said:

women who sniffed a chemical found in male sweat experienced elevated levels of an important hormone, along with higher sexual arousal, faster heart rate and other effects.

The research's result, I think, doesn't not necessaritly advise you to not regularly take a bath to have a "stronger smell" and hence a stronger "result." It just, beneath the line, tells us that natural odour is a lot better than the artificial one. If it's correct, well, that's quite encouraging for me who barely use any accessories called parfume.

If you're a metrosexualist, it's time for you to reschedule your shopping item for the next weekend. :)

Bahasa Indonesia and Nationalism

Bahasa Indonesia and Nationalism
Bahasa Indonesia and Nationalism

My friend Ahmad Qisai writes a good piece published in The Jakarta Post on January 25, 2006 about Bahasa Indonesia. He especially highlighted the current Education Ministry, Dendy Sugono's call to speak strictly in Bahasa Indonesia in order to ensure the survival of the language.

Qie, as I used to call him, gives a good socio-historical evidence that a language will survive and flourish if it has flexibility to absorb other influences. In his own words, his says:

Thus, to be worried about the future status of Bahasa Indonesia due to the widespread use of foreign terminology, like English, in Indonesia should not be exaggerated. On the contrary, the flexibility shown by the language will only help it to survive the waves of globalization.

For me, the educational minister remark is not new. Many bureucrats, especially from the same office, has done so over times. Controversies are made. Educational policy changes occur every new minister occupy the portfolio. The result: nothing. They, the ministers, just enjoy talking rubbish which ignite pros & cons in the media that led to 15-minute fame of the ministers concerned.

The current educational minister fussy remark on Bahasa Indonesia & English should be read in that context.

From Suharto era up till now, the use of word 'nationalism' always being monopolized by the so-called PNS (pegawai negeri sipil - civil servants): a group of foxes & crocodiles who hugely steal the country' money and resources in gigantic way and make the rich-natural-resources country as poor country as Liberia or Kenya. Yet, they are shamelessly screaming out loud and dictating the people about nationalism and what nationalism stands for. The leaders with conscience and honest intention to uplift Indonesia towards prosperity and justice for all will never talk such nitty-gritty & pompous stuff.

Update Feb 17, 2009: As the Qisa'i's article is no longer found in the Jakarta Post archive links, here I reproduce the whole article for everyone to read:

Has globalization marginalized Bahasa Indonesia?
By Ahmad Qisa'i
Appeared on the Jakarta Post 25 January 2006

Looking back at the history of Bahasa Indonesia as the national language of Indonesia, it was a lingua franca for the diverse communities in the Indonesian archipelago. The original form of this language was a coastal Malay dialect spoken by a small community of people in the coastal area of Sumatra. Its flexibility as a form of communication among people in the archipelago as compared to the Javanese language, the language of the majority of Indonesians, had prompted the decision by the nationalists to declare it as the National Language of Independent Indonesia. The decision was widely known in Indonesian history as Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge) and it was on the basis of this Pledge that the Indonesian Constitution has sanctioned Bahasa Indonesia as the National Language of Indonesia.

The diverse nature of Indonesian society has made a common language of communication a liability for it to succeed and survive as a united community. A simple and flexible mode of communication capable of bridging the gaps between communities will only guarantee the transformation process of Indonesia from a diverse community into a single, strong nation. Selecting a coastal Malay dialect as the national language instead of the much more complicated Javanese language proved to be a correct choice.

The decision to choose a Roman script for the language instead of its Perso-Arabic form has further helped the process of absorbing various elements of other languages to be a part of an enriched language, the Bahasa Indonesia. Foreign languages like the Dutch, Arabic, Sanskrit, French, English as well as other local languages like the Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese and others have given a lot of influence to the development of Bahasa Indonesia into its current position. The efforts by previous regimes to encourage the usage of a proper and correct form of Bahasa Indonesia in any form of communication further elevated the popularity of Bahasa Indonesia. However, the waves of globalization have certainly given a lot of impact on the development of Bahasa Indonesia. The flexible nature of the language has permitted the Indonesianization of borrowed words from foreign languages to be a part of an enriched Bahasa Indonesia. This process, nevertheless, has resulted in the pros and cons among scholars over the status of Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia amid the continuous waves of globalization.

The most recent cautious remarks came from the Director of Center for Language of National Education Department, Dr. Dendy Sugono (Media Indonesia, 26 December 2005) when he said that the current practice by corporate houses to use foreign names and billboards has threatened the future of Bahasa Indonesia as the national language. This practice, he predicted, would marginalize Bahasa Indonesia and thus would become a national threat to the unity of Indonesia. To avoid the eventuality of his hypothesis, he suggested to the local governments to enact laws preventing the use of foreign terms in public. As an example, he said that his department is looking forward of working on this project with the Jakarta Governor in enacting a law to prohibit the usage of foreign names and billboards by corporate houses and public offices in the Capital.

On the contrary, it is the flexibility of Bahasa Indonesia that has made the language popular. The ability of Bahasa Indonesia to adjust itself to the situation has proved to be effective in its development. Had it been other language, for an example the Javanese language, as the national language, it would have been difficult for it to adjust with the globalize world. The complexity found in the structure and form of the Javanese language in its spoken as well as written form would have deprived the rest of the Indonesian populace of the current situation it enjoys. Indonesia would be limited to the Javanese community while the rest of the archipelago questioned the their status of being a part of Indonesia. India is a perfect example to the situation in Indonesia. The diverse nature of Indian society is a perfect reflection for the Indonesian society. The dilemma of a national language can be taken as an example worth of examination.

The problem of a national language in India arose at the same time it achieved its independence. The majority of Hindi speaking community in India insisted on the declaration of Hindi as the Indian national language. However, other language communities like the Tamils, Bengalis, Punjabis, as well as other language communities of Dravidian languages in the Southern part of India rejected the idea on the basis of possible hegemonic domination by Hindi speaking people over the running of the administration in the country. Thus having undergone various stages of deliberations and arguments as well as threats of secession, it was finally agreed that Hindi would enjoy the status of a national language of an independent India while at the same time 16 other major languages to be accepted as the official language of administration. English, the language that long enjoyed a status of a lingua franca during the British rule in India, would continue to play the role and enjoy the same status as other official languages pending the socialization process of Hindi as the national language of India. However, the situation remains till now and even there was an addition of some three more major languages into the list of official languages in India as sanctioned by the Indian Constitution.

Thus, to be worried over the future status of Bahasa Indonesia due to the wide use of foreign language like English in Indonesia is need not to be exaggerated. On the contrary, the flexibility shown by Bahasa Indonesia will only help it to survive the waves of globalization. It will become the beneficiary of the globalization. Continuous efforts by the government to popularize the use of proper and correct form of Bahasa Indonesia while at the same time encouraging the people to learn and use foreign languages instead of discouraging them will help the process of building Indonesia to be a strong and powerful nation in the future.[]

Men Abused, a New Trend in Saudi Arabia

You might have heard child and women abuse everywhere in the world. Yet you might never heard that men are also prone to be abused by well ... women i.e. wives. And this is not a rumour or joke. Domestic violence against men are happening and increasing trend in Saudi Arabia, reports The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR)

NSHR also reports:

An increasing number of men have been complaining about their wives beating them up or pouring boiling oil on them, Al-Watan newspaper reported yesterday.

The general causes varies

Al-Angari attributed the tendency among women to be cruel against their men to such factors as a forceful personality, the age difference, marriages in which men seek financial dependence on women and the couple being a total mismatch. Instances where sons abuse their fathers are often linked to drug abuse.

In Indonesia, I haven't found such kind of incident. But from psychological point of view it happens not only in Indonesia, rather it becomes a common phenomenon of couple life particularly when the wives are higher in profession, salary and social-strata.

For more on this read the Arab News here

Anousheh Ansari the First Space Blogger

Anousheh Ansari the First Space Blogger
Anousheh Ansari the First Space BloggerAfter the successful space traveling, Anousheh Ansari is associated with more than one attribute: the first woman space traveler; the first Muslim; the first Iranian origin and the first space blogger. She’s been actively updating her blog from space during her one and half week stay at the unique trip and thousands of readers were waiting for it everyday, nay every hour.

For you who have yet to be familiar with her name, here’s an intro from Wikipedia:

Anousheh Ansari (Persian: ????? ??????) is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE. On 18 September 2006, she became the world’s first female space tourist[1], and the first female Muslim[2] and first Iranian in space […]

She’s certainly become the inspiration of all women around the world. But more than that, as an American citizen of Iranian origin, she’s also a symbol of people unity. Political interests of both nation might tear them apart, but who can divide the shared values, dreams and inspiration of humanity?

For the successful touch down today, I wish her a good luck. May she could come back to the space, as she so wishes, along with other women of all races and nationality, to show the politicians that from the space earth looks so beautiful and peaceful and more importantly undivided. I believe someday that scenery is not only a mirrage.


Blogger Beta Hack

When Google introduced new version of Blogger software in Beta a few months ago, Blogger (blogspot) fans around the world were excited. Not only has this beta version got a category, called 'label', but it's also running fast and, well, furious.

Ong Hock Chuan once asked me whether I intended to migrate to wordpress.com which I said no. At least not this blog as I want this site lives as long as Blogger alive. On top of it all, Blogger is free and you're in full control of it. Two things that don't come together very often.

I use worrdpess.org software for my top domain (commercial) blogs as it's has certain advantages from SEO perspective. For personal purposes like this one, however, I prefer to use free Blogger / Blogspot service for simple reasons: it makes you feel free to write as much as you want without feeling afraid of the expiration date, etc.

Speaking of Blogger BETA, since it uses quite different codes than the previous old one, many blogger hacks are not workable including post-summary/expandable post more known as "read more", recent comments on the sidebar, etc.

So, if you're using Blogger BETA and want to make a hack of it, the following blogs might be useful for starters:

1. Ramani at Hackosphere.

Learn from to make "read more" from this blog and a lot more interesting hacks such as Converting to 3-column template, Peekaboo posts with summary in main page, Peekaboo posts in label/archive pages, Multi-style Labels widget, Author comment highlighting and notification, Latest Posts display in sidebar, Random message widget.

2. What's else but to visit the "central command" of Blogger at Blogger Buzz to find more new features and more hacks from the blogosphere.

3. For Malay/Indonesian speaking bloggers who are more comfortable to read the tutorial on this matter in Bahasa Indonesia, you can visit here.

Hopefully, this will satisfy those who ask me on this matter.

Floods that Paralysed the Capital and its People

Indonesia again gets international media intention for yet another natural disaster. This time the capital Jakarta has gone through the worst floods in five years. The floods paralysed everything - the business activities, its people movement and day-to-day government activities.

Around 340,000 of Jakarta’s population were forced to flee, leaving almost everything but themselves.

Around 200,000 are homeless.

Ferry Rahman makes a daily report on the messy situation in the capital right from the first day of torrential rain that led to the flood which up till now has killed 20 people.

In today’s posting, he tells his activities in helping his aunt whose house is badly affected:

My mother was already there and the flood gone. Can’t believe that a few days ago water covered 1/4 of the house. I could just imagine the damage it had done to it.

It was pretty sunny, the sun was up and..it was just another beautiful day. It rained only for a few minutes during the day, but it was a very sunny day!

I entered the house to check for any damages. Obviously lot’s of her clothes and bed sheets were soaked wet and smelly. Also lots of kitchen utensils were submerged in the flood, we had them cleaned but some of them were beyond repair (they were too old to be of any use anyway) so we had to throw them away.

Even two of her beds had to be thrown out. Yup, two spring beds!

But those can be replaced. What surprised me the most were my cousins official documents, including her high school diploma, birth certificates, etc. They were all just wet and damaged. Don’t know how those are gonna get replaced.

Guess in her panic she just…forgot about them and left the house.

So the four of us cleaned what ever could be cleaned until the afternoon. Knowing that we would have to come back and clean again if a flood would ever come again.

We went home shortly after that.

We turned on the TV to get some new info about the flood.Now even companies are sending messages to their employees not to come to work tomorrow.

How to Help

Peduli (means care) posted some very valuable links to aid organisation’s website and their accounts geared specifically to help the flood victims. The links and bank account are particularly beneficial for fellow Indonesians in other part of the city wanting to lend a helping hand.

Meanwhile, for those non-Indonesians or anyone who are staying outside Indonesia, I recommend to extend their help through international aid organisation who they know best. Unspun recommendation is a good one.

Other bloggers talking about the floods
Javajive: Floods in Jakarta
Jakartass: Jakarta floods leave the question: Who’s to blame?
Mojomaru

Originally posted to Global Voices Online

Internet Outage and Flood in Aceh

Internet breakdownThere is nothing worse for Indonesian bloggers in particular around the new year eve but to see the sudden temporary “demise” of internet connection.

The cause as reported by Budi Putra, Sani Asy’ari and Enda Nasution is “the strong quake off Taiwan’s coast on December 26 damaged submarine cables and severely disrupted telecom links in the East, Southeast and South Asia.”

That makes almost 90 percent of Indonesia’s internet connection disfunctional or very slow. According to Yulian Firdaus, quoting from a portal media, the recovery could take “as long as as one month” during which Indonesian online activities will witness the lowest traffic ever. Certainly one month, if it’s true, a way too much for an internet addicts like Enda Nasution who wonders whether this is "what end of days feel like."

Some Indonesian bloggers who are fortunate enough to still have internet connection like Willy Sudiarto Raharjo, still complains over how slow the connection is. Not to say how low the traffic to his blog could be.

Flood in Aceh

Exactly two years after the Tsunami, one of the biggest natural disaster ever happened, Aceh again has to face another natural calamity. Although it’s not as big as Tsunami, the loss and severe it afflicts to the Acehnese is unbearable.

70,000 people has been evacuated or are fleeing home taking refuge in neighboring area. About 60 people dead.

So much to “celebrate” a New Year 2007 for Indonesian in general and Indonesian bloggers in particular.

Originally posted in Global Voices Online

Our Loving Mother

Our Loving dan Beloved Mother

If any true love ever exists in this world it's the love of a mother towards her children. If any unconditional love which does not expect anything in return, it's a mother's love. I wrote in my Bahasa Indonesia blog that unconditional love is good and healthy on two things: the love of a mother towards her children and love of human towards one's God. Other than these two, love should be and must be on condition of reciprocity. It's especially true on the case of man-woman relationship.

An unconditional love of one party towards another will give the second party--either man or woman-- a blank cheque to be corrupt; to easily tend to abuse such "unlimited power of love" against another. And finally the relationship will end up in a strange of love-hate situation and even a tragic climax of disappointment.

A balanced love, call it a reciprocal love, is good and healthy because like trias politica in democratic system of governance, it'll give either party involved, i.e. the man and woman who are in love, a sort of "balanced of power" without which the love relation will easily deteriorate into lord-and-slave relation.

But mother-children relation is entirely different story. Our mother's love is so intense yet so pure, so emotional yet so real. She gives it without any future expectation of reciprocity. She's happy to see her kids growing healthy. Her kid's naughtiness doesn't upset her a bit. She's just happy to be able to love them to nurture them to nourish them and to see them happy. No more no less.

And because of that she deserves our unconditional love too. Our loving mother deserves a lot more than just this Mother's Day [1]

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Note:
[1] Indonesia celebrate Mother's Day (Hari Ibu) on December 22 that's today.

Nominated as Best Asian Blog by Brass Crescent

I'm surprised to find that fatihsyuhud.com was nominated as Best Asian Blog Award along with four other Asian blog by Brass Crescent. I am honored and thankful for that.

I just came to know this news after I got an email from the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan telling me about this news:

Dear Fatih,

Greetings from the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. I hope this finds you in good health and that you don’t mind me contacting you so randomly.

I just learned about your blog through the Brass Crescent Award Nominations, and as they are naming your blog as one of the top Asian blogs focusing on Islam, I thought you and your readers might find this conversation interesting.


Nina Mufleh
Media and Communications Department
Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al AbdulA brief history of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) a socio-religious movement in Indonesia and the largest Muslim organisation in the world.

NU Nahdlatul Ulama

Nahdlatul Ulama (also Nahdatul Ulama or NU) is a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia. Its traditionalist nature is evident in the name Ulama, referring to the scholar-preachers of Islam, trained in Qur'anic studies, including the interpretation of the religious laws contained therein.

NU was established on January 31, 1926, who founded by Wahab Chasbullah with supported from Hasyim Asy'ari, the most respected ulema in East Java. Hasyim also sat as the first chairman. NU built up as a reaction to the Muhammadiyah. NU also developed in the other areas of Indonesia, but East Java remain as the central. In 1942, the organisation has 120 branches entire of Java and South Kalimantan. In 1965, the group took sides with the General Suharto-led army and was heavily involved in the mass killings of Indonesian communists. However, the NU later began to oppose Suharto's regime. In 1984, Abdurrahman Wahid, the grandson of NU founder Hasyim Asy'ari, inherited the leadership from his father, and was later elected President of Indonesia in 1999.[1]

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[1] Wikipedialah

Blogger Error Performing Your Request

Problem occur sometimes when you update or edit your blogger.com template. The error message as follows:

Blogger Problems: Error Performing Your Request bX-7e4k5s

We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:

Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
Provide the following error code and additional information.
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Solution:

There's no real and fixed solution to be honest because the blogger.com team never gives any official answer. But here are some tricks which may work one way or the other:

Try clearing your browser's cache and cookies, then reloading your blog.
Try changing your browser. For example if you use IE, change to Firefox or Google Chrome, etc.

Please share with us your experience in solving this kind of problem. It might benefit everyone facing similar error frustrating problem.

HTTP 404 Not Found Blogger Custom Domain

Question:

I had a blogspot blog, last wednesday I thought I would make 'it official' and got a custom doman through blogger. It says I do not have to do anything else if it was purchased through them. I haven't done anything but register my domain address with google. When I try to access my page atwiredjuice.com, it says HTTP 404 NOT FOUND. It has been a week and my site should have been working by now correct? Is there something I am not doing right? I have done everything it says on their HELP page and emailed them, but again, nothing.

Answer:

1. By Wiesel:
I was having a very similar problem. I switched back my blogger custom domain to my blogspot address contestedfooty.blogspot.com then back to the custom domain contestedfooty.com/ and it seems to have worked. It might be a problem in blogger, or maybe finally the DNS settings propagated, i don't know. It's a least worth a try.

2. By Nitecruzr:

OK, the primary symptom is normal:
"Server Not Found Error 404"

DNS is normal (needs improvement):
wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN A 64.233.179.121
wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN A 66.249.81.121
wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN A 72.14.207.121
www.wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.

Better would be:
wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN A 64.233.179.121
wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN A 72.14.207.121
www.wiredjuice.com. 1800 IN CNAME ghs.google.com.
http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2008/11/custom-domain-publishing-and-go...

Having improved your DNS (if you're able), publish the blog back to BlogSpot, then re publish to "www.wiredjuice.com".
http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2007/11/custom-domain-publishing-and-40...

Chuck [Blog*Star 2006 - 2008]
Real Blogger Status: http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/

Source: groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-troubleshoot/

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Magical Custom Domain Form.
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Watch TV around the World for Free

Yes, it's free. Watch CNN BBC FOX NEWS VOA ESPN-STARSPORT etc. If you stay outside your country and wanted to watch your own local station you can do it too. And most important of all it's all free! What you need is a decent internet connection (in Indonesia it means Speedy). I've just tried right now to watch CNN and BBC WORLD NEWS that I really miss. Download the internet TV software for free here. Unzip the file and install the software. Happy watching TV!

Blogsome.com Server is Down?

Blogsome servers is down or crashed we don't know for sure. Some bloggers using blogsome.com free blog providers are complaining in the blogsome.com forum that they are unable to access their blog From Sunday Nov 23 till today Monday 24 November 2008. Here are some complains which don't get the desired answer from the blogsome support team:

huangwelly says in the forum: "hai

Blogsome team/admin, In 24/11/08 (in my Time (Jakarta +7) I try to log-in my blog : free2u.blogsome.com but It can't log-in ? Why? Thank's for answering..


from anchoasytigretones:

Dear Shana, I don´t have currently access to my blog anchoasytigretones.blogsome.com
I didn´t delete it and actually yesterday I was reading comments...but I can´t reach it today. Can you help me? My blog is not splog, offensive or nothing related to unconvenient contents.

Thank you
Sigrid

From Crunchy:

I have a few blogs hosted with blogsome and today cannot access them - can you tell me what might be wrong? crunchy.blogsome.com

Jeanette

From howtojapanese

I'm unable to access my blog for some reason: howtojapanese.blogsome.com

Is this something temporary? Did I do something to warrant a deletion? I write about how to learn Japanese. Any help would be much appreciated.

There is no response whatsoever from the blogsome forum support team. The fact is some blogs are down, while some others are not. Blogsome.com itself, along with its sister weblog namely blogs.ie, can be accessed and run well. Hopefully blogsome is doing mantenance to some of its servers so the affected bloggers can happy-blogging once again.

There's a precedent actually way back in 15 Jul 2005. The different back then they offered apology to their users:

One of the Blogsome servers crashed at about 06:44 GMT, and was
down until about 09:15. It's working fine now (and no data on it
has been lost).

We apologise for the disruption.


Religion, Peace and Violence

Envy is Humane

Religion, Peace and Violence

Is religion cruel and drive someone to resort to violence instead of peace? Yes, an atheist who are bored to be religious might say.

One should not forget that an urge to go to violence is here within one's heart. And human has a tendency to justify whatever one does to hide one's true intention. And what the most legitimate reasons other than the reason of religion?

Hence, history witnessed the religion's based ware in the Europe. Now, many terrorists, who claim to be Muslim, wage the war against anyone who doesn't accept their ideology.

Anyone who cannot make peace with himself will always try to wage violence with or against others to satisfy his lust of doing violence acts. With or without the name of religion.


Sometimes life is unfair, you might think. You work harder just to see your deservering efforts end up in failure. While you saw success often happen to people near you who work less than you did. So, you'are envious. Life is unfair, you thought.

Envy is humane. It's been there inside the heart by default since you're born. Envy is not bad as far as you can control it and use it as a trigger to motivate you work harder and smarter. It can backfire against you, if you let it run on its way.

Since, success is not as the result of hardworking alone. Various factors contribute to a success or failure including, but not limited to, right strategy, good plan, deep vision. All in all, smart is the key along side the hardwork.

Qadhafi's Death and Tyrannical Mind

You must have known the biggest news all these few days: that Muammar Qaddafi the Libya's dictator who ruled the country for 42 years was dead and was killed and apparently tortured.

He had been torturing some of his people during his uncontested rule. Power tends to corrupt your mind. To dictatorize you. To cruelize you. That happens not only to Qaddafi. This also happens to people--the Libyan fighters-- who have the chance to see him hiding in the drainage tunnel. When the people has the power to do whatever they like to do to Qaddafi, they become cruel and sadistic to him just as him to them.

That is the power of power. Unless, you can control you mind. And there's someone watch over your footstep.

Working Hard and Smart

Many people working hard, very hard but not smart enough. So much so that they wasted many of their precious time exerting their energy to earn something not worth doing.

That's what I was saying to some audience this morning. I feel that what I preached found the echoes in what I've been doing so far to some extent.

There are some area where I feel so stupids for not having a clear vision of what I've been, are, will be doing. I think it's not so late to make the change. First, make a careful, thorough and clear cut vision on those "things". Second, do it based on those blueprint.

Hope, I can make it sooner than later.

Simplify Life


I always believe that we should simplify life instead of making it complicated.

We see many things before us that are required to be done. And we have identified which one is the all important and which one are not substantial. Do the all important things and leave the unnecessary things behind. We cannot entertain and make everyone happy all the time. In the end of the day, we are alone who are going to face consuequences: for the better of the worse.

Are Indonesian People Lazy, Careless or Indiscipline?

Are Indonesian People Lazy, Careless or Indiscipline? A survey conducted for a doctoral dissertation in psychology

Indonesian people still like being procrastinator i.e. to put off or delay doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. Despite it seems trivial, losses caused by procrastination habit can not be taken lightly. In a study conducted by Prof. Dr. BAGUS SIAPUTRA, S. Psi lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology University of Surabaya (UBAYA), the material losses caused by delaying this work could reach trillions of rupiah.

In psychology, work delay is known as procrastination. The research for a dissertation of doctoral program at UGM was conducted on 232 students who procrastinate in working on their thesis. Losses incurred due to the delay in finishing their thesises turned out to trillions of rupiah for each semester, calculated from the addition of tuition fees and living expenses for college travel

"Let's say there are at least 100 thousand students who procrastinate finishing their thesis each semester, the losses would have reached trillions of dollars for them," he said as quoted by suarasurabaya.net

In terms of non-economy, delays in completing thesis also has implications for the students, the crisis of confidence, anxiety, shame, stress due to the threat of the drop outs, delays in the work, to delay of marriage plans.

Who Will be the Next Indonesian President?

Indonesia's parliamentary election has just ended. If the quick count result are to believe, the PDIP party comes out as the winnter followed by Golkar and Gerindra. The candidates from those three big parties will also compete for presidential election come 9 July 2014.

Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Abu Rizal Bakrie (ARB) and Prabowo Subijanto (PS) are the presidential candidates who offically stated the intention before the 9 April parliamentary election. That's said, they have not yet declared who will be their running mates to be their would be vice president.

Who will come out as the winner and be the seventh Indonesian president? Many would say, Jokowi has a bigger chance to win the race followed by Prabowo.

Who will you vote as your choice for your president on 9 July?

Wahhabi Extremism and MBS Reform

Comment written by Farhang Jahanpour in Juancole.com

Saudi Arabia certainly needs reforms and it is good to hear the Saudi leader speak about religious tolerance. However, in many of his interviews and speeches in the West he has stated that Saudi Arabia turned to religious fanaticism as a reaction to the Iranian revolution, and that he wants to take the country back to tolerant Saudi practices. This statement is clearly false and is not very reassuring.

It is true that the Islamic revolution in Iran introduced an intolerant form of Islam. It did not introduce greater political freedom, but even reversed some of the social and religious freedoms that the Iranian people had enjoyed under the Pahlavi government, but to blame the rise of fanaticism among the Sunnis on the Islamic revolution in Iran is clearly not supported by facts.

The Wahhabi teachings contained a strong element of anti-Shi’a, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish sentiment. The destruction of sites associated with early Islam, particularly the shrines of Shi’a Imams, has been a continuous feature of Saudi Wahhabism. In 1801-02, the Saudis under Abdul Aziz ibn Muhammad ibn Saud attacked the Shi’a holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, destroyed the tomb of Imam Hussein and massacred a part of the Shi’a population. In 1803 and 1804, the Saudis captured Mecca and Medina and destroyed many historical monuments, including the shrine built over the tomb of Fatimah, Ali’s wife and Imam Husayn’s mother, who is especially revered by the Shi’is.

Muslim Brotherhood was founded by Hassan al-Banna in Egypt in 1928 and spread to many other Sunni-majority countries. The radical teachings of Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) spread strong anti-Western and anti-modern ideas and distorted the meaning of jihad, turning it into a war of aggression against the non-believers. Qutb’s writings have helped frame the extreme ideas of the jihadists and radicals and have fostered anti-Western views.

What is needed is for both Iran and Saudi Arabia to turn towards a more tolerant form of Islam and allow freedom of expression and of worship to the believers in all faiths and none.

I don’t know of the kind of pressure that MBS has put on Pakistan and Taliban to abandon jihadis. It would be good to know of the kind of action that he has taken. The sad fact is that Pakistani Islam was initially much more tolerant than it has become recently, mainly as the result of many Saudi-funded madrasas teaching strict Wahhabi ideology, instead of a rather mystical variety of Islam that was practiced by the likes of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Muhammad Iqbal.


Pengakuan seorang Kader PKS

Pengakuan seorang Kader PKS

Testimoni ini ditulis oleh seorang mantan kader PKS dari UI bernama Arbania Fitriani, sebagai "note" pribadi di facebook

Pertama-tama, saya menuliskan pengalaman saya ini tidak untuk menjatuhkan atau menjelek-jelekkan salah satu partai besar di Indonesia. Saya hanya ingin berbagi pengalaman untuk menjadi bahan renungan para pembaca agar dapat lebih mengenal PKS dari dalam.

Tulisan ini dimaksudkan agar masyarakat dapat mengenal PKS secara objektif, agar rakyat Indonesia mengetahui apakah PKS benar-benar mengusung kepentingan rakyat Indonesia atau justru sedang mengkhianati masyarakat dan para kadernya sendiri dengan sentimen keagamaan serta jargon sebagai partai bersih. Sayangnya, banyak masyarakat dan orang-orang di dalam tubuh PKS ini pun tidak menyadarinya.

Bagian tersebut akan saya jelaskan secara singkat di akhir cerita saya, dan sekarang saya ingin berbagi dulu kepada para pembaca mengenai sistem pengkaderan PKS yang sangat canggih dan sistematis sehingga dalam waktu singkat membuatnya menjadi partai besar.

Saya waktu mahasiswa adalah kader PKS mulai dari 'amsirriyah sampai ke 'am jahriyah. Mulai dari saya masih sembunyi-sembunyi dalam berdakwah, sampai ke fase dakwah secara terang-terangan, sejak PKS masih bernama PK sampai kemudian menjadi PKS.

Dalam struktur pengkaderan PKS di kampus, ada beberapa lingkaran, yakni lingkaran inti yang disebut majelis syuro'ah (MS), lingkaran ke dua yakni majelis besar (MB), dan lingkaran tiga yang menjadi corong dakwah seperti senat (BEM), BPM (MPM), dan lembaga kerohanian islam.

Jenjangnya adalah mulai dari lembaga dakwah tingkat jurusan, fakultas, sampai ke universitas. Jika di universitas tersebut terdapat asrama dan punya kegiatan kemahasiswaan, maka di sana pun pasti ada struktur seperti yang telah saya terangkan.

Universitas biasanya akan berhubungan dengan PKS terkait perkembangan politik kampus maupun perkembangan politik nasional. Dari sanalah basis PKS dalam melakukan pergerakan-pergerakan politik dalam negeri atas nama mahasiswa baik itu yang berwujud demonstrasi ataupun pergerakan lainnya. Sistem pergerakan, pengkaderan, dan struktur lingkaran yang terjadi di dunia kampus sama persis dengan yang terjadi di tingkat nasional.

Kembali ke dalam struktur lingkaran PKS di kampus, orang-orang yang duduk di MS jumlahnya biasanya tidak banyak dan orang-orangnya adalah orang-orang yang terpilih. Kebanyakan yang menjadi anggota MS adalah mahasiswa yang memang sudah di kader sejak SMU. Tapi tidak banyak juga yang berhasil masuk ke dalam MS dari orang-orang yang telah dikader pada saat kuliah. Saya termasuk orang yang masuk ke dalam lingkaran MS yang baru di kader pada saat kuliah dan menduduki posisi sebagai mas’ulah di asrama UI sehingga saya punya akses langsung untuk berdiskusi dengan mas’ulah tingkat universitas. Dari sini juga saya akhirnya banyak tahu sistem dalam PKS meskipun saya pada tingkat fakultas hanya masuk sampai tingkat MB.

Dalam MS dan MB memiliki mas’ul (pemimpin untuk anggota ikhwan) dan mas’ulah (pemimpin untuk anggota akhwat). Masing-masing mas’ul(ah) ini membawahi MS secara keseluruhan dan ada juga mas’ul(ah) yang membawahi sayap-sayap dakwah yakni sayap tarbiyah (mengurusi pengkaderan khusus untuk ikhwah seperti pemetaan liqoat, materi liqoat, dll), sayap syiar (mengurusi syiar islam khususnya dalam lembaga kerohanian formal dan menjaring kaderbaru), dan sayap sosial & politik (mengurusi dakwah dalam bidang lembaga formal kampus yakni BEM dan MPM).

Di lingkaran ke dua adalah majelis besar, anggotanya adalah ikhwah yang sudah di kader juga dan tinggal menerima keputusan dari MS untuk dilaksanakan. Jadi, MS ini adalah think-tank dari seluruh kegiatan yang terjadi di kampus. Apabila kader PKS duduk sebagai ketua BEM/Senat atau MPM/BPM, maka semua kegiatannya harus mendapat ijin dari MS dan memang biasanya berbagai agenda di BEM/Senat dan MPM/BPM ini dibuat oleh MS.

Bagaimana sistem pengkaderan PKS itu sendiri? Bagaimana PKS mengubah seorang menjadi kader yang militant? Jalan pertama adalah menguasai Senat, BEM, BPM, dan MPM. Apabila lembaga formal ini sudah dikuasai maka akan mudah untuk membuat kebijakan terutama pada masa penerimaan mahasiswa baru.

Saat orientasi Mahasiswa baru biasanya mereka akan dibentuk kelompok kecil (halaqah)dan ikhwah PKS akan berperan sebagai mentor. Kegiatan ini akan berlanjut rutin selama masa perkuliahan di mana halaqah ini akan berkumpul 1 minggu sekali. Dari sinilah biasanya akan terjaring orang-orang yang kemudian akan menjadi ikhwan militan, bahkan orang yang sebelumnya tidak pakai jilbab dan sangat gaul bisa menjadi seorang akhwat yang sangat pemalu namun juga sangat militan.

Agenda utama kami adalah membentuk Manhaj Islamiyah di Indonesia menuju Daulah Islamiyah (mirip dengan sistem Khilafah Islamiyah dari HTI). Doktrin utama dalam sistem jamaah PKS yang juga menamakan dirinya sebagai jamaah Ikhwanul Muslimin ini adalah “nahnu du’at qobla kulli sya’I” dan “sami’na wa ata’na”. Dua doktrin inilah yang membuat kami semua menjadi orang yang sangat loyal dan militan. Setiap instruksi yang diberikan dari mas’ul(ah) ataupun murabbi(ah) kami, akan kami pasti patuhi meskipun kami tidak benar-benar paham tujuannya. Seperti menyumbang, mengikuti demonstrasi, meskipun harus bolos kuliah, dll.

Selama saya aktif di pergerakan ini, saya melihat banyak sekali teman-teman saya yang berhenti menjadi Aktivis Dakwah Kampus (ADK). Dulu saya merasa kasihan dengan mereka, karena yang saya tahu – diberitahu oleh murabbi kami dan juga seringkali dibahas dalam taujih atau tausiyah (semacam kultum) – bahwa dalam jalan dakwah ini selalu akan ada orang-orang yang terjatuh di jalan dakwah, mereka adalah orang-orang futur (berbalik ke belakang).

Orang-orang ini biasanya kami label sebagai anggota “basah” (barisan sakit hati). Saya mempercayai semuanya sampai akhirnya saya pun merasa tidak cocok lagi untuk berada di sana dan memutuskan untuk keluar dari ADK padahal saya dulu sudah diproyeksikan sebagai ADK abadi (orang yang akan menjadi aktivis dakwah kampus selamanya dengan cara menjadi dosen atau karyawan tetap di kampus).

Ada beberapa alasan yang membuat saya mengambil keputusan untuk keluar, antara lain: Adanya ekslusivisme antara kami para ADK dengan orang-orang diluar ADK. Kami para ADK adalah orang-orang khos (orang khusus) dan mereka adalah adalah orang ’amah (orang umum). Orang khos adalah orang yang sudah mengikuti tarbiyah dan mengikuti liqo’at (semacam halaqah tapi lebih khusus lagi) dan orang ’amah adalah orang yang belum mengenal tarbiyah. Para ikhwah, terutama para ADK, tidak akan mau menikah dengan ’amah karena mereka dapat membuat orang khos seperti kami menjadi futur, bahkan bisa membuat kami terlempar dari jalan dakwah. Istilah khos dan a’amah ini membuat saya merasa tidak natural dan tidak manusiawi dalam menghadapi teman saya yang ’amah. Saya diajarkan bahwa mereka adalah mad’u (objek dakwah) saya. Jika saya bisa menarik mereka ke dalam sistem kami apalagi bisa menjadi ADK, maka kami akan mendapat pahala yang sangat besar. Saya merasa menjadi berdagang dengan teman saya yang dulunya sebelum menjadi ADK adalah sahabat saya. Saya merasa tidak memanusiakan teman saya dan lebih memandang mereka sebagai objek dakwah.

Dalam liqo’at ataupun dauroh saya juga ada beberapa hal yang membuat saya tidak sreg, seperti bahwa saya harus lebih mengutamakan liqo’at daripada kepentingan orang tua dan keluarga saya. Bahkan saya pernah diberitahu bahwa bila sudah ada panggilan liqo’at, meski orang tua saya sakit dan harus menjaganya, maka saya harus tetap datang liqo (entah mengapa selama beberapa tahun saya bisa menerima konsep yang kurang manusiawi ini). Hal lain adalah saya tidak boleh mengikuti kajian di luar liqo saya, padahal setahu saya bahwa kebenaran itu tidak hanya milik liqo saya, masih banyak sekali kebenaran di luar sana.

Bahkan buku bacaan pun diatur dimana ada banyak buku yang saya sangat berguna untuk menambah wawasan keislaman saya seperti buku yang mengajarkan tentang hakikat islam namun oleh murabbi saya dilarang. Untuk hal ini saya membangkang karena seandainya islam itu memang benar rahmatan lil alamin maka ilmunya pun pasti sangat luas dan tidak hanya monopoli orang-orang di PKS semata. Dan hal yang paling mengusik saya adalah selama saya mengaji di liqo ataupun mengikuti taujih dan taushiyah dalam syuro ataupun dauroh-dauroh (training) saya merasa lebih banyak diajarkan tentang kebencian terhadap agama atau aliran lain seperti bagaimana kejamnya kaum nashoro (nasrani) yang membantai saudara kami di Poso, Yahudi yang membantai saudara kami di Palestina, JIL yang memusuhi kami, NII yang sesat, teman-teman Salafi yang mengganggu kami, dst.

Sampai-sampai, akibat begitu terinternalisasinya hal tersebut, ketika saya mengikuti tarbiyah universitas dan sedang makan siang, saya dan teman-teman menganggap yang sedang kami makan dan telan itu adalah orang-orang Yahudi dan Nashoro. Doa-doa kami pun selalu secara khusus ketika qunut adalah untuk mujahid-mujahid di Palestina dan Afganistan (kadang saya berpikir kapan kita berdoa untuk pahlawan perjuangan di Indonesia yang telah menghadiahkan kemerdekaan terhadap kita). Sejujurnya saya lebih tersentuh dan bisa menangis tersedu-sedu ketika dibacakan ayat-ayat seperti dalam surat Ar-Rahman yang menceritakan Cinta-Ilahi ketimbang surah seperti Al-Qiyamah yang menceritakan azabNya.

Kebencian sangat bertentangan dengan hati nurani saya karena saya sangat percaya dengan ayat yang mengatakan bahwa rahmat AllahSWT lebih cepat dari murkaNya, yang artinya cinta Allah SWT seharusnya dapat menghapus kemarahanNya terhadap umat manusia. Inilah sebabnya mengapa di sini hati saya merasa sangat kering saat mengikuti tausiyah dan taujih yang senantiasa bercerita tentang peperangan dan kebencian.
Semua ganjalan-ganjalan yang saya rasakan akhirnya meledak ketika saya kemudian tahu dari sumber yang terpercaya dalam pemerintahan, juga dari petinggi PKS sendiri, tentang agenda yang tidak pernah saya ketahui sebelumnya dan pastinya juga tidak diketahui oleh orang-orang se-level saya atau bahkan pun pengurus inti PKS.

AGENDA UTAMA PKS

Agenda utama PKS adalah menghancurkan budaya Indonesia melalui invasi budaya Arab Saudi.

Banyak sekali indikasi yang saya rasakan langsung pada saat menjadi ADK seperti upaya kami untuk menghalang-halangi acara seni, budaya, musik, dll. Hingga berbagai upaya kami agar bisa memboikot mata kuliah ilmu budaya dasar (IBD).

Saya ingat dulu, karena saya begitu termakan doktrin bahwa mata kuliah IBD tidak berguna dan bisa melemahkan iman, saya seringkali membolos kalau ada latihan menari sampai saya sempat dibenci teman-teman saya.

Kembali kepada agenda PKS ini sebagai perpanjangan tangan dari Kerajaan Saudi, tujuan utamanya adalah agar kekuasaan Arab bisa mencapai Indonesia mengingat satu-satunya sumber devisa Arab adalah minyak yang diperkirakan akan habis pada tahun 2050 dan melalui jamaah haji.

Indonesia adalah negara yang sangat kaya sumber daya alam dan merupakan umat muslim terbesar di dunia. Bahkan jika seluruh umat muslim di timur tengah disatukan, umat muslim Indonesia masih jauh lebih banyak. Untuk itu, agar dapat bertahan secara ekonomi, maka Arab Saudi harus bisa merebut Indonesia dan cara yang paling jitu adalah melalui invasi kebudayaan.

Islam dibuat menjadi satu dengan kebudayaan Arab, sehingga budaya Arab akan dianggap Islam oleh masyarakat Indonesia yang relatif masih kurang terdidik dan secara emosional masih sangat fanatik terhadap agama.

Ketika kebudayaan lokal sudah bisa dihilangkan dan kebudayaan Arab yang disamarkan sebagai Islam dapat berkuasa, maka orang-orang akan menjadi begitu fanatik buta bahkan fundamentalis dan tidak bisa lagi mengapresiasi agama lain dan budaya lokal. Lalu, bila kebudayaan Nusantara sudah sampai dianggap musyrik atau bid’ah, maka saat itulah NKRI akan bubar.

Orang-orang yang pulaunya dihuni oleh mayoritas non muslim atau yang masih memegang budaya lokal di Indonesia akan meminta merdeka. Pulau-pulau di Indonesia akan terpecah belah dan pada saat itulah orang-orang ini akan bagi-bagi “kue”.

Peta rencananya adalah bagian pulau di Indonesia yang mayoritas Islam akan dikuasai oleh Arab. Sedangkan daerah yang penduduknya mayoritas kristen akan dikuasai oleh Amerika. Lalu, daerah-daerah yang mayoritas penduduknya beragama Hindu, Buddha, Animisme, dll., akan dikuasai oleh Cina.

Tidak banyak orang PKS yang tahu soal ini, hanya segelintir saja yang memahaminya. Mereka menduduki posisi-posisi strategis dalam pemerintahan agar dapat lebih memudahkan agendanya. Sentimen keagamaan terus dipakai untuk meraih simpati masyarakat. Sehingga berbagai produk kebijakan seperti Perda Syariat, UU APP, dll. yang rata-rata hanya sekedar mengurus masalah cara berpakaian semata akan dengan bangganya diterima oleh masyarakat muslim yang naif sebagai keberhasilan Islam.

Masyarakatkita lupa bahwa sampai saat ini PKS belum menghasilkan produk yang dapat memajukan ekonomi, menyelesaikan permasalahan kesehatan, pendidikan, pencegahan bencana alam, korupsi, trafficking, tayangan TV yang semakin memperbodoh masyarakat, dan permasalahan lain yang lebih riil dan sangat dibutuhkan oleh masyarakat kita ketimbang sekedar mengatur cara orang dewasa berpakaian dan berperilaku.

Jangan terburu-buru apriori dan menganggap tulisan mengenai pengalaman saya ini adalah black campaign. Renungkan dengan hati nurani yang dalam. Tidak ada kepentingan saya selain hanya menyampaikan kebenaran.

Saya tahu resiko apa yang ada di hadapan saya dan siapa yang saya hadapi. Tapi saya lebih takut menjadi bagian dari orang yang zalim, karena tahu kebenaran, namun tidak bersuara. Rasa cinta saya bagi negeri yang sudah memberi saya kehidupan ini menutupi rasa takut saya. Saya yakin siapa yang berjalan dalam kebenaran maka kebenaran akan melindunginya.

Buat rekan saya, murabbi saya, sahabat-sahabat saya dulu sesama ikhwah, saya mencintai kalian semua dan akan terus mencintai kalian. Saya berharap, persaudaraan kita tetap terjalin karena bukanlah partai atau agama yang mempersaudarakan kita, tapi karena kita satu umat manusia, anak cucu Adam. Kalau bahasa teman saya, kita menjadi saudara karena kita menghirup udara yang sama, makanya kita disebut “sa-udara”. Semoga pengalaman saya ini dapat menjadi bahan renungan para jamaah “fesbukiyah” dalam menentukan pilihan pemimpin yang akan membawa kapal Indonesia menuju masyarakat yang bahagia, makmur dan sentosa, yang memiliki jati diri dan menghargai kebudayaan nusantara.[]

Sumber: Facebook akun Syakieb Sungkar