Madura ulamas write to president over Ahok’s alleged blasphemy case




LEADERS of Islamic boarding schools have written to President Joko Widodo, urging that the due process of law should follow in the alleged case of blasphemy involving Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok).

The letter was written by leaders of these schools across Madura Island in East Java Province. “We sent a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo today,” chief of All-Madura Islamic Boarding Schools Association (HP3M) KH Lailurrahman said in a press briefing at Pamekasan Police Precinct here on Friday.

The letter, dated October 26, 2016, was signed by HP3M Chief KH Lailurrahman and his secretary KH Djakfar Shodik. The ulamas said if the legal process in this case was not followed, it will trigger larger rallies against Ahok, the Jakarta governor who is seeking re-election in February 2017.

In the letter, the ulamas also mentioned several articles in the 1945 Constitution that could form the legal basis for their call, including article 1 para 2; article 1 para 3; article 4 para 1; article 24 para 1; article 27 para 1; and article 30 para 4. “Article 4 para 1 of the Constitution stipulates that the President of the Republic of Indonesia holds government power in accordance with the law,” he noted.

Article 30 para 4 stipulates that the Indonesian police is a state apparatus assigned to keep security and public order, protect and serve the public and uphold the law, he underlined. He lamented that it seemed the police had not bothered about the case despite widespread protests against the Jakarta governor.

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) said Ahok has committed blasphemy citing a Al Maidah verse 51. Ahok told people in the Seribu Islands not to be deceived by people using the verse asking them not to elect a non-Muslim leader in the forthcoming election.

Also read: MUI: Ahok’s statement is a blasphemy and has legal consequences

MUI chairman Ma’ruf Amin pointed out in a statement that Ahok has insulted the Quran and the ulamas, and that police should investigate the case.


Saturday, 29 October 2016




BI empowers Islamic boarding school (pesantren) to achieve financial inclusion

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BANK Indonesia (BI) empowers Indonesian Islamic boarding school, or known as pesantren, to achieve financial inclusion.

“We increase the capability through technical meeting and assistance,” Governor of BI Agus Martowardojo said during National Seminar on Empowering Pesantren in Surabaya, Wednesday, Nov 5. The assistance includes recording and managing their money. BI also educates the santri on financial access.

The financial education aims to elevate their knowledge on financial system. The santri is expected to transmit the knowledge to people so that more people enter the financial system, especially banking account. Increasing people’s investment in financial system can boost the economic growth.

Financial inclusion means that more people having access to financial system, including banking and insurance. The better financial inclusion also means economic growth will be more sustainable.

Agus Martowardoyo

Agus Martowardoyo

In Indonesia, only 48 percent of households have access to finance, based on BI survey. Martowardojo said that pesantren could increase the financial inclusion. According to composition of the country’s religion based population, 82 percent of Indonesians are Muslims. Its growing populations make pesantren develop accordingly.

Based on the data from Ministry of Religious Affairs, Indonesia had only 9.388 pesantrens with 1.771.000 students, or known as santris, in 1997. As of now, the number grows significantly. The country has 28.000 pesantren with 4 million students,

The Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said the cooperation was in accordance with the mission of pesantren, which is developing people’s welfare. The cooperation with Indonesian central bank also helps pesantren deter its challenges. One of them is on managing the asset of pesantren.

“Many pesantrens are overwhelming. People trust them with wakaf. Pesantren has to use it for the benefit of people,” he said. Lukman said, BI played the role on assisting santri to manage the money and asset from wakaf.

Thu, 6 November 2014

Brunei ready for Syariah law

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BRUNEI is ready to implement the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013.

Any criticisms and challenges that come with it are normal, said Deputy Dean of Faculty of Syariah and Law, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday.

“Criticisms are normal. There will never be a 100 per cent acceptance (with regards to religion by others). We see this as a challenge to prove that what we hold is the truth,” he said.

Dr Abdurrahman Raden Aji Haqqi said this in an interview at the sideline of the closing ceremony for the two-day seminar on Understanding Syariah Criminal Law for Youth at Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre.

Brunei faced many criticisms for its decision to implement Syariah Law, however Dr Abdurrahman Raden said “We already have the determination, so trust in Allah SWT.”

Dr Abdurrahman Raden Aji Haqqi. Photo: BT/Rasidah HAB

Dr Abdurrahman Raden Aji Haqqi. Photo: BT/Rasidah HAB

Dr Abdurrahman Raden cited Surah Al-Imran, verse 139: “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.”

He added Brunei is wise in its move to implement the law in phases, as it gave sufficient time to disseminate information on the law.

Brunei will implement Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 in phases. The first phase of the Order will be enforced on April 22. The second phase will come into force 12 months after the Syariah Courts Criminal Procedure Code is gazetted. The third phase will come 24 months after that.

A total of 1,000 youths from various educational institutions, governmental agencies and associations attended the workshop that was held as a sideline activity of the seminar. Dr Abdurrahman Raden was one of facilitator for the workshop. He also presented a working paper on the beauty of Syariah Criminal Law on the seminar’s first day. Targeted at youths, the seminar and workshop aimed at strengthening the confidence of youths in Syariah Criminal Law.

“The seminar and workshop is takzir (reminder) for the youths, to deepen their knowledge on Islamic law. This will strengthen their confidence. Previously, they only know about jenayah (criminal law) from what they learn in religious schools,” he said.

“Previously, they may have not realised the comprehensiveness of the law. Now, they are equipped with the knowledge to become the young ambassadors for the law. These youths will be the one who will give the understanding to others on what syariah law is about,” he added.

The Brunei Times
Fri, 18 April 2014

Czecho student chooses Jakarta’s Pesantren Darunnjah to study Islam

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID – Jakarta’S Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) Darunnajah becomes a choice for participants of scholarships recipients from abroad to study Islam in Indonesia. One of them from Republic of Czecho, the state fraction of Czechoslovakia .

“Currently there are three foreign students studying Islam in Pesantren Darunnajah,” Rizma Ilfi Yahy, a lecturer of the pesantren’s Management Information College, told Antara news agency of London, Wednesday (19/2).

He said, this time student from the Czech gets opportunity to study in Pesantren Darunnajah for the academic year 2013-2014.

The participant of the Czecho Republic named Daniel Adnan is one of 17 the Indonesian Scholarship recipients sent from the former communist state to join the program of Darmasiswa for a year.

The ‘Darmasiswa’ program is an integrated program of cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is being encouraged through the Indonesian Embassy in various countries. This time for the first time the Darmasiswa recipient of the Czecho chose to continue his study majoring Islamic studies in the pesantren.

Story of Egypt’s Book Publisher Who Spreads Archipelagic Muslim Scholars’s Works

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Sholah Salim

“Finally, I worry that the books of Mustafa Al Babi Al Halabi printing house became a kind of antiques at last. Yes, it’s antique because it is the oldest and important printed books which become a foothold in molds to come but increasingly rare.

Aerial view of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

Aerial view of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

Much more to the work of archipelago scholars, it is very sad that there is no any party to have concern for documenting historic printed books by the scholars of this magnitude.

Syekh Ahmad Khatib al-Minangkabawi

Syekh Ahmad Khatib al-Minangkabawi

Syekh Nawawi al-Bantani

Syekh Nawawi al-Bantani

Finally, before leaving the store, I asked the old man the clerk, “Are these books are out of print?” He replied, “We’re going to print again once some has already run out,” he said. Is there any Indonesian publisher moved?”

A lecturer giving lecture at the Azhar University, Cairo.

A lecturer giving lecture at the Azhar University, Cairo.

5 February 2014

How can ‘pesantren’ contribute to national education


Salahuddin Wahid

HISTORY shows that pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) have made a great contribution to the independence of this country; most have also played a significant role in making Indonesian Muslims moderate and tolerant. However, the condition of pesantren, especially in rural areas, is deplorable. Most have been left behind in comparison to other educational institutions in urban areas. One reason is the lack of attention from the government on the development of pesantren.

Thus, the government needs to create an affirmative program to help the schools develop, and to support their surrounding communities to face the influence of globalization. Only about 7 percent of students from rural areas continue their studies to a university level; most cannot study in major cities due to the high living costs.

ABA2004011Z00088/15The affirmative program should include affordable non-religious studies for people in rural areas. Such programs would have a multiplier effect, which would improve their competitiveness. Importantly, these programs would reduce urbanization as well as reducing the gap between urban and rural areas; and they are plausibly a good method of de-radicalization.

Not many understand that the oldest and earliest education in the Indonesian archipelago was Islamic education, particularly in pesantren. Islamic education started in the ninth century in Barus, on the western coast of Sumatra, when many foreigners including Islamic scholars arrived there. Foreigners were particularly attracted to the camphor trees in the area, as their sap can be used to produce kapur barus (camphor).

Historical records suggest that the zenith of Islam in the archipelago occurred from 1400 to 1680. Modern Malay civilization developed the use of Arabic script for writing instead of the Latin alphabet; this became known as the Jawi script. Well-known scholars during this time included Hamzah Fansuri, Syamsuddin Sumatrani, Nuruddin al-Raniri and Abdurrauf al-Singkili.

pesantren-gontorAnthony Johns considered the Malay people’s conversion into Muslims as a remarkable historical development. Firstly, it happened during the setback of the Islamic imperium in the Middle East. Secondly, the process was relatively rapid, in the absence of political support from any military power. Thirdly, the number of people converting from Hinduism to Islam was more than 89 percent of the population. Indisputably, the key to this phenomenon was the existence of pesantren.

The ‘Walisongo’ (nine Javanese Islamic saints) were the early figures who spread Islam in the future Indonesia. One of the Walisongo, Maulana Malik Ibrahim, who died in 1419, is known as the grand master of the pesantren tradition. Meanwhile, Java’s oldest pesantren is Tegalsari in Ponorogo, East Java, which was established 300 years ago by Hasan Besari. Ronggowarsito, a great Javanese poet, was one of his students.

Pesantren Tebu Ireng, Jombang, East Java.

Pesantren Tebu Ireng, Jombang, East Java.

Several old pesantrens that are still in operation today include: the Sidogiri in Pasuruan, East Java, which was first established in 1745; the Jamsaren in Surakarta, Central Java, established 1750; Miftahul Huda in Malang, East Java, established 1768; the Buntet in Cirebon, established 1785; Darul Ulum in Pamekasan, Madura, East Java, established 1787; and Langitan in Tuban, East Java, established 1830.

Several pesantren which are now well-known were actually established at later times, such as the Tebuireng in Jombang, East Java (established in 1899), Lirboyo in Kediri (established in 1910) and Gontor in Ponorogo, East Java (established in 1926).

In the Minangkabau highlands in West Sumatra, a similar institution to the pesantren exists, called the ‘surau’, as does the ‘dayah’ in Aceh.

Secular educational institutions were established by the Dutch East Indies in the early 1840s at the suggestion of Snouck Hurgronje. The main purpose was to attain more educated employees for the Dutch administration and private companies. However, the development of the secular educational institutions was also believed to challenge the influence of pesantren which had begun to irritate the colonial government.

C. Snouck Hurgronje

C. Snouck Hurgronje

According to Hurgronje, the culture of the East Indies had to be combined with European culture. The Dutch education system was thus expanded, making many more Indonesians eligible to attend. This education policy, later part of the “ethical policy” toward colonial subjects, was deemed the best political decision to reduce and eventually defeat the influence of Islam in the Dutch East Indies.

In 1919, the Bandung School of Technology was set up, followed by the School of Law in 1924 and the School of Medicine in 1926, the latter two both in Jakarta. Interestingly, even though many students received a western education, they did not lose their identities.

A number of them gathered in Jakarta in October 1928 to hold the second youth congress, which then resulted in Sumpah Pemuda’ (The Youth Pledge). That moment surely formed the embryo of Indonesian independence. To achieve this vision, the future years saw cooperation and understanding between our founding fathers, who graduated from pesantren and western style education.

KH Wahid Hasyim

KH Wahid Hasyim

In 1950, the religious affairs minister of the time, Wahid Hasyim, and the education minister, Bahder Johan, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to combine Islamic and secular education. Furthermore, the pesantren also contributed to the establishment of the Islamic Indonesian University (UII) as the first private university in Indonesia. The proponents of Islamic higher education further enabled many pesantren alumni to continue their studies in any discipline they chose.

Bahder Djohan

Bahder Djohan

Nowadays, there are some 28,000 pesantren across Indonesia, mostly in East Java. In 1971 there were 4,200 such schools while, in 1998, the figure rose to 8,000, and rose again to 22,000 by 2008. The increasing number of schools shows the public’s appreciation as many citizens choose to send their children to pesantren — which have continued their tradition, over hundreds of years, of educating our society.

The writer is the director of Tebuireng Pesantren, Jombang, East Java

The Jakarta Post
Fri, January 24 2014


KH Sahal Mahfudh, a leading Muslim scholar and Islamic legal expert, dies at 76

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Amri Amrullah

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID. KH. Sahal Mahfudh, Rais Aam PBNU, passed away on his age of 76 years.

Based on information obtained from NU Online, (@nuonline), KH. Sahal Mahfudzhpassed away at his residence in Islamic boarding school complex of Mathali’ul Falah, Kajen, Pati, Central Java at 1:05 AM early days.

sahal m wafat“According to the family, his corpse will be buried on Friday (24/1) at 09.00 AM in the morning at his birthplace in Kajen, Pati, Central Java,” NU Online reported, Friday (24/1).

‘Mbah Sahal’, as he was called, was born in Kajen, Pati, Central Java, December 17, 1937.

Mbah Sahal was Chairman of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) since 2000 until today.

Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla visited KH Sahal Mahfudh in Karyadi Hospital, Semarang, Central Java.

Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla visited KH Sahal Mahfudh in Karyadi Hospital, Semarang, Central Java.

He was also known as a leading expert of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul Fiqh) and leading Muslim scholar in Indonesia.

KH Sahal Mahfudh and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

KH Sahal Mahfudh and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

His phenomenal works in the science used as reference and guidelines for the boarding school student’s throughout Indonesia.

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sahal buku-dialogSome of his work, among others, Intifakh al-Wadjin, Faidh al-Haja ala Nail al-Raja Mandhumah Safinat al-Naja, Thariqat al-Hushul ala Ghayat al-Wushul dan a-Bayan al-Mulamma’ ‘an Alfadh al-Luma’ (al-Syairazi). Lets recite ‘Al-Fatihah’..

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