'Tolerance must begin with ourselves'

Jumat 12 Juli 2019 21:31 WIB
'Tolerance must begin with ourselves'
Jakarta, NU Online
Tolerance is actually not a new thing for Septia Febriani, one of the participants of Kakak Sabang Merauke 2019. Because, in West Bandung, West Java, she has lived with heterogeneous communities, including her surrounding neigbors who are Christian families.

However, both stigmatization and generalization of different people still often arise from themselves and their families. Therefore, she participated in the Kakak Sabang Merauke to initially only fill out her college holidays, finally she got more than just filling out her holidays.

The program provides at least three important lessons for her to act tolerantly towards others. First, she said, we must accept and forgive ourselves before leaving. "Before we tolerate others, we must forgive ourselves first. Respect ourselves then respect others," she told NU Online here on Thursday (11/7).

Second, there must be no ones making generalizations or stigmatizing different people. Meet Batak people, for example, who immediately think it will be like being scolded. In fact, she explained, indeed their voice was so loud not because of being harsh.

"We must not have bad prejudice. We have to distinguish between perception and fact. That is the culture (loud voice) instead of willing to be angry with us," Septi said.

Third, the important lesson from the program is we must be easy to forgive others. "Before being forgiven by others, we must be more open-minded (willing to accept) other people," said the student of Padjajaran University.

Living at home with person of different faith, namely Adhyarisa Manyura Rizharinka, as the sister of Sabang Merauke, made her understand and respect the differences around her. "We are more respectful because we did not know each other at all. We took her to church. They also worshiped, we would not get annoyed. Why should you ridicule other people?" she said.

Yuma, the nickname of Adhyarisa Manyura Rizharinka, with Septia held meetings with the General Chairman of NU KH Said Aqil Siroj along with their foster parent who was also the Secretary of NU Health Institute, Citra Fitri Agustina and her husband Rudi Syafruddin. In the short meeting on Thursday (11/7), the girl from Purbalingga, Central Java, got Kiai Said's advice that differences were a strength for Indonesia to unite.

"Different religions should not be a breaker, but strengthen the Indonesian people to unite," said the Social Welfare student quoting the message of Kiai Said. (Syakir NF / Masdar)
Selasa 11 Juni 2019 23:44 WIB
Ciganjur's El Syifa Mosque goes disability-friendly for inclusivity
Ciganjur's El Syifa Mosque goes disability-friendly for inclusivity
Jakarta, NU Online
Holding onto the saying "everyone is equal in the eyes of God", young people involved in the management of El Syifa Mosque in Ciganjur subdistrict in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, decided to make the mosque more inclusive and friendly to those with disabilities.

They revamped the mosque building to better accommodate Muslims with disabilities.

From its entrance gate, you can see a disabled parking space. At the front of the mosque building, there is a special area for wudhu (ablutions) for those in a wheelchair.

Unlike usual wudhu areas, each faucet is installed on a washbasin that can be pulled closer to the user’s body. It is also equipped with a spray hose to clean the wheelchair’s wheels.

There is also a toilet with a button that the user can push to ask for help. The button is connected to a bell that can be heard inside the mosque.

“The cleanliness of the wheels could be an issue for some people. The spray hose is there so that there will be no more question about it,” the secretary of the mosque’s welfare council, Hadi Syaifullah was quoted by The Jakarta Post as saying recently.

Hadi went on to explain they had spent Rp 150 million (US$10,500) on building the facility.

“Allhamdulilah (thank God), the funds were raised through a single donor. It makes us believe in miracles. When we want to do something good, God will help us find a way,” he added.

The El Syifa Mosque stands on a 1,500-square-meter plot of land and can accommodate around 1,000 people. It was first built in the early 1900s. It underwent a massive renovation in the 1980s.

The idea to make the mosque more inclusive started in April 2018, Hadi said. After weeks of discussions with the elders, the council's youth began the mission by building a ramp to enter the mosque.

Earlier this year, they also managed to obtain a Quran printed in Braille. One Braille Quran is divided into six books.

“It is a gift from the Kuwait Embassy to the South Jakarta administration,” Hadi said.

The mosque also provides small chairs for the elderly to pray.

Hadi said the idea to provide a more inclusive house of worship for Muslims came even without them knowing the number of people with disabilities in the Ciganjur area who might benefit from the facilities.

 “We should not wait for people to ask for such facilities. It’s not a business, but a movement. We build it first, then we definitely will see them come and pray with us,” he said.

Hadi said they aimed to add more facilities in the future. They want to create a more inclusive mosque that can welcome people with various disabilities.

For the deaf, they plan to provide smart eyeglasses to be worn during prayer in congregation. Through the smart glasses, the wearer would be able to follow the Quranic verse that the imam is reciting and know when to move.

For the blind, the mosque’s management plans to provide headphones that they can use during prayers. The headphones will be connected to a microphone worn by the imam.

There were no disabled Muslims praying at the mosque during The Jakarta Post’s recent visit.

El Syifa Mosque Welfare Council (DKM) head Muhidin said he wished many more mosques in the city would follow suit.

“People with disabilities also include the elderly. Those who used to be strong and healthy when they were young, but when they got older they had a stroke, or any other ailments that mean they are no longer able to walk,” he said.

The 76-year-old mentioned as examples his own parents and some of his fellow senior residents. He knows many people who used to visit the mosque quite often but had stopped due to physical limitations.

One of the mosque’s caretakers Safrudin said there was a special kind of joy he felt every time he saw people in a wheelchair coming to pray there. Such a sight always reminds him of his late parents who also used wheelchairs in the last years of their lives

“When I see someone arriving on a wheelchair, I rush and offer help,” the 48-year-old said.

“I have experience with assisting people in a wheelchair. But most of the time, they prefer to do everything by themselves because the mosque’s facilities already support them,” he added. (JP/Masdar)
Rabu 5 Juni 2019 2:36 WIB
MUI condemns suicide bombing at Sukoharjo Security Post
MUI condemns suicide bombing at Sukoharjo Security Post
Jakarta, NU online
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) condemned the suicide bombing that took place at Tugu Kartasura Security Post, Sukoharjo in Central Java, Antara news agency reported.

The bomb exploded near the Security Post at Tugu Kartasura, Sukoharjo on Monday night (3/6), at 23.00 WIB.

"Islam clearly and strongly denounces the practice of suicide bombings. From the Indonesian Ulema Council the problem of suicide bombings is clarified through fatwa number 3 of 2004," said the Secretary General of the MUI, Anwar Abbas, in Jakarta on Tuesday.

In the fatwa, it was explained that suicide bombings are haram (forbidden) because they are a form of despair (al-ya'su) and self-harm (ihlak an-nafs), both in peace and in war.

"Therefore, if someone commits a suicide bombing, the MUI condemns the action because the act clearly violates the provisions of religious teachings," he said.

He added that he hoped the police can reveal the motives of the perpetrators and look for solutions in the future, so that similar events do not happen again.

"So we hope that the police can find the real motives, so that we, as a nation, can seek solutions and preventive actions in the future," he said. (Masdar)
Senin 20 Mei 2019 12:24 WIB
Ramadan 'game' encourages acts of kindness
Ramadan 'game' encourages acts of kindness
Jakarta, NU Online
The tenet “Ramadan is full of blessings” has inspired some creative people to carry out simple acts of kindness through the #WahyooChallenge, in which customers order food through an app not for themselves but for the courier breaking their fast.

It started as an internal game at a start-up that wanted to encourage its employees to share by ordering food for the couriers.

Tangerang resident Irma Suryaningsih, 32, said the idea came from her boss, Peter Shearer, founder of start-up Wahyoo.

“We all shared it on our social media accounts [using the hashtag] and it turned out a lot of our friends outside Wahyoo were interested and shared what they did [with the hashtag] with their friends too,” Irma told The Jakarta Post.

Irma said she had done the challenge four times, the latest was by ordering a package of fried chicken, rice and a drink for Rp 40,000 (US$2.77) for the courier.

Initially, most of the couriers were surprised and even expressed disbelief, Irma said.

“The couriers usually got confused, perhaps they were afraid that they just got a fictitious order. Some even went on delivering the food to the marked destination to check whether it was true or not.”

“Perhaps they felt insecure and afraid that some people were trying to mess with them,” she added.

She said she wished more people would be encouraged to do simple good deeds such as through the #WahyooChallenge.

The hashtag, which Irma shared on her Twitter account, caught the attention of 22-year-old university student Hafiyyanti Kusuma Nugraha.

While she was at her campus at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, she ordered three full meals, spending Rp 104,000.

“The driver initially got confused and did not believe it, but in the end he did. It was quite touching when the driver said thanks and prayed,” Hafiyyanti said.

She said as it was Ramadan she wanted to share with the couriers.

“I've done a similar thing before I knew about the #WahyooChallenge. But because the context is the same, I shared my screenshot of the food order to encourage acts of kindness with fellow Twitter users,” Hafiyyanti said.

The challenge also reached those living outside of Greater Jakarta.

Dara Febriana, 26, of Kotagede, Yogyakarta, also took part in the challenge by ordering martabak telur (stuffed fried pancake) and martabak manis (sweet pancake) for Rp 44,000 for the driver. (JP/Masdar)
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