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Syamsuri Firdaus wins international Quran recitation contest

Senin 3 Juni 2019 16:7 WIB
Syamsuri Firdaus wins international Quran recitation contest

Ankara, NU Online
Syamsuri Firdaus, University of Indonesia's (UI's) student, won the first place in the Seventh International Quran Recitation and Memorization Competition held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 19-26, 2019.

As reported by Antara news agency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even bestowed the highest accolade on Firdaus at an awards ceremony held at the Conference Hall of Camlica Mosque Complex in Istanbul recently.

The Indonesian reciter of the Quran was quick to highlight this achievement on his Facebook account on Sunday (May 26), expressing how happy and thankful he was to Allah, the Almighty, his parents, family, teachers, and friends.

"My heartfelt gratitude to my parents, family, teachers, and friends, who have prayed for me and supported me. Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah), among (participants from) 68 countries, I have been selected as the winner in the 7th International Quran Recitation Contest in Istanbul, Turkey," he wrote on his Facebook account.

Firdaus was born in Sila Rada Village, Bolo Sub-district, Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, on April 11, 1999. His father is a farmer, while his mother is a brick maker. He is currently studying Arabic Literature at the Faculty of Cultural Science at UI in Depok, West Java.

Firdaus had bagged the first place in the National Quran Recitation for Children in 2012. Furthermore, he was also named the winner in the Quran Recitation Contest for Asia held in Singapore in 2012. (Masdar)

Senin 3 Juni 2019 13:59 WIB
Kiai Ma'ruf guides news anchor Tio Nugroho to convert to Islam
Kiai Ma'ruf guides news anchor Tio Nugroho to convert to Islam
KH Ma'ruf Amin
Jakarta, NU Online
Member of the Advisory Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) KH Ma'ruf Amin guided a senior anchor Imanuel Bagus Aditio Nugroho popularly known as Tio Nugroho to convert to Islam. Tio pronounced with sincere conviction the two syahadah (declaration of faith) at the Kiai Ma'ruf's residence, Jln Situbondo, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Saturday (1/6).

When guiding the recitation of the syahadah, Kiai Ma'ruf previously made sure that Tio had carried out this process with full awareness and of his own willingness. "Are you ready to say the declaration of faith to convert to Islam?" asked Kiai Ma'ruf as in the video aired by INews, Sunday afternoon.

Tio who at that time shaked hands with Kiai Ma'ruf immediately answered (I am) "ready" while nodding his head.

Kiai Ma'ruf then asked whether there was compulsion or pressure in his decision to convert to Islam. Tio answered firmly "no".

"Alhamdulillah," said the supreme council of NU for the 2015-2018 period.

Kiai Ma'ruf guided Tio to pronounce the declaration of faith along with its translation.

After pronouncing the syahadah, Tio kissed the hand of Kiai Ma'ruf for a few seconds. Kiai Ma'ruf then closed the process of Tio's muslim convert by offering a prayer. Tio appeared sobbing and repeatedly wiped his tears.

Tio was called to become Muslim because he shuddered to hear the call to prayer at dawn after work. Hearing the story, Kiai Ma'ruf said he was happy. According to him, this is the guidance of Allah to His servants. (Mahbib/Masdar)
Selasa 28 Mei 2019 9:23 WIB
Grand Mosque, a trace of Islamic civilization in Surakarta
Grand Mosque, a trace of Islamic civilization in Surakarta
Yogyakarta, NU Online
The sound of a drum from the mosque’s verandah could be heard. It was near the juhur (midday) adzan (call to prayer), when many Muslims go to pray at the Surakarta Hadiningrat Grand Mosque.
As reported by The Jakarta Post's Boy T. Harjanto, the Grand Mosque was built by Sultan Pakubuwono III in 1763 and finished in 1768.

The mosque also serves as a venue for religious-related rituals such as Grebeg (an event to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad) and the Sekaten Festival (a week-long ceremony, festival and fair to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad), which are held in the compound.

The Surakarta sultan has a role as a religious leader in the sultanate.

All Grand Mosque staff have the same privilege as the courtiers.

The mosque is located on a 19,180-square-meter plot and its wall is as high as 3.25 meters.

The architecture of the mosque resembles a three-tier crown. There are also several other smaller buildings in the mosque compounds that serve different purposes. (Masdar)
Kamis 23 Mei 2019 13:22 WIB
Ansor and youth organizations ready to bridge Jokowi and Prabowo's meeting
Ansor and youth organizations ready to bridge Jokowi and Prabowo's meeting
Jakarta, NU Online
The 22 May 2019 action ended in chaos. Tensions have also arisen after the KPU decided the the presidential election results. To help ease these tensions, GP Ansor along with a number of youth organizations (OKP) are ready to bridge the meeting between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

The encouragement and initiation arose when several youth organizations attended the commemoration of the Nuzulul Qur'an at the Ansor headquarters, Jalan Kramat Raya, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday (5/22).

The Chairperson of the Ansor Youth Movement Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, popularly known as Gus Yakut, and Secretary General Abdul Rochman, Chairman of the KNPI Noer Fajrieansyah and Secretary General Addin Jauharuddin, Secretary General of the Pancasila Youth Arif Rahman, Secretary General of GEMABUDHI Karsono, Secretary General of Catholic Youth Christopher Nugroha, Secretary General of GAMKI GAMKI Putu, representatives of the Muhammadiyah Youth, and General Chairman of the Mathla'ul Anwar Youth Generation Ahmad Nawawi.

Gus Yaqut hoped that the community would not be easily provoked by actions from groups acting in the name of election fraud. According to him, the action held since Tuesday (5/21) to Wednesday (5/22) deviated from the interests of the General Election.

Gus Yaqut hoped that all parties from both camps would take favorable steps in the context of national reconciliation. According to him, this reconciliation is important because it is recognized that there has been a breakdown or polarization, both at the elite level and within the community.

"It's time for us to let go of short-term political egos. All must think positively in the future for national development and unity," Gus Yaqut said.

Similar encouragement was also conveyed by General Chairman of the Mathla'ul Anwar Youth Ahmad Nawawi and Secretary General of the Pancasila Youth Arif Rahman. According to Nawawi, a meeting and holding talks with national leaders or stakeholders must be carried out immediately.

"All parties must be willing to accept the election results. "I really thank Ansor today in the midst of the commemoration of Nuzulul Qur'an to facilitate the meeting of youth organizations so that there is a solution to the current crisis of the nation," Nawawi explained.

According to him, the action in the last two days was not pure or by design. "This goal is not good, which is to make the country chaotic. This must be taken firmly. So the closure of social media is considerably very good in minimizing any chaos," he said.

On the occasion there was also the Khataman Al-Qur'an, prayers and tahlil for hundreds of democracy fighters, election management officers who died in their duties. The activity was concluded by religious sermon delivered by KH Ahmad Muwafiq, popularly known as Gus Muwafiq. (Fathoni/Masdar)

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