Little note on film Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah

Tidak banyak film yang mengingatkan kita pada kehidupan akhirat dan membuat kita semakin ingin beribadah. Film “Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah” yang diangkat dari karya Buya Hamka ini menurut saya merupakan salah satu dari yang sedikit itu.

Memang film ini sarat dengan tema-tema cinta; namun menyertainya, sangat banyak pelajaran-pelajaran yang bisa diambil. Saya sangat senang dengan latar cerita ini, yang mengangkat kondisi masyarakat minangkabau pada tahun 1920-an. Saya sangat senang menyaksikan betapa Islam menjadi sangat dekat dengan kehidupan masyarakat minang tersebut. Saya hanya berharap, kekentalan nilai-nilai Islam akan kembali hadir di kehidupan masyarakat minangkabau dan seluruh penduduk Indonesia. Betapa indahnya hidup di bawah nilai-nilai Al-Qur’an.

Salah satu quote yang sangat berkesan bagi saya: “Apa pun yang terjadi, Hamid, ingatlah, ketika Engkau tak punya siapa-siapa selain Allah; Allah itu lebih dari cukup…

Note: saya sangat berharap Allah selalu memberi keridhoannya pada almarhum buya hamka. Saya sangat berharap, bisa bertemu buya nanti di surga. Allah, kami mohon ampun kepada-Mu; Allah, sayangilah kami, Allah, kuatkanlah kami.

Mengapa masih ada orientasi dunia dalam diri kita

Saya hanya ingin mengingatkan diri saya.

Terlalu sering pikiran dan hati kita dipenuhi oleh ambisi duniawi. Terlalu sering ibadah kita, tindakan kita, mencampurkan keikhlasan dengan riya. Terlalu banyak amal ibadah kita yang tidak murni keikhlasannya.

Mengapa kita manusia mau saja tertipu dengan kehidupan dan ketidakikhlasan ini. Sangat jelas bahwa kita akan dimintai pertanggung jawaban oleh Allah nanti. Mengapa kita terlalu sering lalai, lupa dengan tujuan kita diciptakan. Mengapa kita terlalu berambisi duniawi, dan menganggap remeh kehidupan akhirat.

Sungguh tidak pantas kita merasa tenang, merasa bahwa kita pasti akan terlepas dari azab Allah. Sunnguh tidak pantas, bila kita menganggap remeh siksa Allah. Belum tentu semua kemudahan yang kita dapatkan akan membuat kita semakin dekat dengan Allah. Boleh jadi ia malah menjauhkan kita.

Beruntunglah orang-orang yang beriman, beramal shaleh, dan memurnikan ketaatannya pada Allah saja. Orang yang tidak peduli dengan pandangan manusia, karena memang sudah sepantasnya hanya pandangan Allah lah yang berarti. Beruntung dan menanglah orang-orang tersebut; semoga kelak kita termasuk pada golongan orang-orang yang beruntung dan menang tersebut.

Sangat indah petikan do’a yang diajarkan Allah pada ayat-ayat akhir QS Al-Imran: “ya Tuhan kami, sesungguhnya barangsiapa yang Engkau masukkan ke dalam neraka, maka sungguh telah Engkau hinakan ia, dan tidak ada bagi orang-orang yang dzalim seorang penolongpun. ya Tuhan kami, sesungguhnya kami mendengar (seruan) yang menyeru kepada iman (yaitu), ‘Berimanlah kamu kepada Tuhanmu’, maka kamipun beriman. Ya Tuhan kami, ampunilah bagi kami dosa-dosa kami dan hapuskanlah dari kami kesalahan-kesalahn kami, dan wafatkanlah kami beserta orang-orang yang berbakti. Ya Tuhan kami, berilah kami apa yang Engkau janjikan kepada kami dengan perantaraan rasul-rasul Engkau. Janganlah Engkau hinakan kami di hari kiamat. Sesungguhnya Engkau tidak menyalahi janji.”

Ya Rahman, tunjuki dan sayangilah kami. Ya Rahman, bantulah kami untuk selalu ikhlas kepada Mu. Ya Rahman,,

65 years after Palestinian exodus

A very sad reality; yet hope should be kept alive. “Despite the long period of time that has elapsed, I am still certain that Israel will not be there forever. But this requires a change of circumstances in the Arab world. And the mobilization of the Arab people to fight. No one can suppress the nations.” (Musallam Bseiso-AP Correspondent in 1948).

Please watch the following documentary for the complete picture of Palestinian exodus.


Start from ourselves

Indonesia should be a strong and self-sufficient country. That is one message which we can take from the recent conflict and sunk-ship of Myanmar Rohingya’s Muslim as well as financial difficulty experienced by Egypt due to its massive amount of gasoline subsidy; a financial difficulty which could ‘trap’ Egypt in IMF program.

Obviously, as Muslim, we really want to help them; and yes, some Islamic organizations from Indonesia have been able to channel humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslim as well as financial aid from Qatar to Egypt. Nonetheless, clear enough the amount is not enough and we should make it a systematic way, rather than arbitrary help. In doing so, obviously, we need Islamic countries to be strong and self-sufficient.

I think it is quite clear already what make many recently-developed countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Korea, or even China became an economic powerhouse one. The excellent policy making (or public policy) in Singapore which practice Meritocracy, Professionalism, and Honesty (MPH); the strength of entrepreneurship and quality of institution (bureaucracy) in Japan, the quality of education in Korea and in many other countries, are very very clear and known by Indonesian leaders.

Maybe many of them are just ‘too dumb’ that they prioritize themselves over public service; or maybe they are ‘deceived too far’ by Syaithan which make them indifferent between evil and good deeds; or maybe the citizen should be blamed as well because they’re willing to be the victim of systemic crime by their leader.

However, there is apparently no need to emphasize who to blame. Let’s just focus to build this country together, in any capacity and talent that we have. A start from individual level means something when practiced by many. Furthermore, I also hope the movement, such as the emergence of da’wah kampus in many Indonesian universities-where young educated Indonesian dare to think beyond themselves and willing to be part of the solution-can be one of the systemic solutions to the problem.

Still, we can’t wait too long. We need to act now, to improve now. If our education system still deficient, how can we expect a quality generation in the next 20 years? If we’re so comfortable with importing many manufactured products (which account for 60% of Indonesia’s import), when would we be able to be self-sufficient and technologically-advanced? I really hope the upcoming election can bring the good-capable people into the policy making stage.

Let’s continue to work hard so that we’ll be able to build this country; so that the strong Indonesia, would be able to help many in-need Muslim countries. Let’s start this move towards excellence from ourselves. May Allah always guides and strengthen us. May Allah rewards our deeds with His forgiveness and jannah later. Insyaallah, bi-idznillah, everything is possible.

Little thought on my Incheon-Seoul Airport getaway

Even though I’ve visited quite many developed countries before, I give a special respect for South Korea, simply because of the fact that it was on the same stage on development with Indonesia back in 1950s.

When looking around surrounding the airport, I was thinking about Indonesia’s development. I think that the answer for whether Indonesia would be able to capitalize its recent status as an emerging into a real developed economy relies on its ability to produce critical mass of educated human resources. I said critical mass because I think not all of Indonesian should get the very high education as it would take a very long time and simply also because in Japan, not all Japanese are highly talented and highly educated; but a portion, a critical mass, maybe around 5% of the population I think is highly necessary. This critical mass of educated population would be the driving force in the policy making, research institution, and business.

Then of course, the question is how to get into an excellent education institution. I think to be able to get into an excellent education institution only requires three folds, these are dream high, work hard, and pray a lot. I firmly believe, if we, Indonesia, can have this critical mass of educated human resources, we’ll rock the world. It is very important for the fellow Indonesian that they should get a very good education in a world class education institution, not because of its brand but really because of the quality of its reaching and research. I am sure that it won’t be difficult to achieve so as long as we want to dream high, work hard, and pray to Allah. Here is a simple example.

Back in 2009, when I was in the fifth semester of university, I moved from student dormitory to a rented-house. The house was located close to a book store, where I spent around one to two hour of my time every night. On the way to the book store, there was a travel agent office, of which wall was covered by international airline logo. At that time I’ve never travelled abroad. Every time I pass by the office, I only have one pray, “Allah, please make it easy for me to travel abroad to various country. You know how much I love to see developed countries”.

Day passed one by one, every day I pray, every day I dream and every day I work hard; studying, joining organization, joining competition and many other positive things. Then, alhamdulillah, in Mid-2010, I have my first travel abroad, to Mecca (note: and of course, when I was in front of Ka’bah, one of my pray is also to be able to travel abroad often =)). Alhamdulillah, I think Allah accepted my pray; and my efforts have borne fruit. To conclude, the moral of the story the above mentioned: (dare to) dream high, (willing to) work hard, and pray a lot. Insyaallah the time will come.

I’ve got to board the plane now =)

Alhamdulillah,, (2)

I think the feeling to be a Muslim is just indescribable. The feeling of worshiping Allah; the happiness under the guidance of Qur’an; the organized-life rhythm,  and many others, are just indescribable. In regards to ni’mat of having Qur’an. I totally agree with and can feel the nuance of what Syaikh Sayyid Qithud said in the introduction to his Tafsir fi Dzilalil Qur’an:

“Segala puji bagi Allah yang telah memberiku karunia dengan hidup di bawah naungan Al-Qur’an dalam suatu rentang waktu, yang kurasakan ni’matnya yang belum pernah kurasakan sebelumnya dalam hidupku. Kurasakan ni’mat ini dalam hidupku yang menjadikan usiaku bermakna, diberkahi, dan suci bersih.

Kutempuh hidup dengan kudengar Allah yang maha suci berbicara kepadaku dengan Al-Qur’an ini, padahal aku sejumput hamba yang kecil. Adakah penghormatan bagi manusia seperti penghormatan yang tinggi dan mulia seperti ini? Adakah pemaknaan dan peningkatan harkat usia seperti yang diberikan oleh Al-Qur’an ini? Kedudukan manakah yang lebih mulia yang diberikan oleh Pencipta Yang Maha Mulia kepada manusia?”

Betapa aku merasa sangat bahagia menjadi seorang Muslim. Allah, wafatkan lah aku dan keluarga ku dalam keadaan husnul khatimah. Allah, tempatkanlah kami di surga firdaus Mu,,

Alhamdulillah,, (1)


Aku sangat bersyukur berada pada jalan ini. Allah, terima kasih atas ni’mat-Mu yang begitu banyak. Aku sangat bersyukur berada pada jalan ini; bersama orang-orang yang punya semangat unutk berislam dengan baik dan menyiarkan nilai-nilai islam.

Aku sangat bersykur berada pada jalan ini. Bersama para ikhawah, pemuda-pemudi, yang tulus dan ikhlas di jalan da’wah. Allah, kami hanya mengharap keridhoan-Mu. Allah, kami berharap bisa melalui ujian di dunia ini bersama-sama para kekasih-Mu. Allah, kuatkan dan   ampunilah dosa-dosa kami.

Tokyo, selepas acara Golden Week KMII Jepang 2013