Tracing Datuk Karama, the first Islamic preacher in Palu

Selasa 16 September 2014 7:39 WIB
Tracing Datuk Karama, the first Islamic preacher in Palu

Palu, NU Online
The tomb of the first Islamic preacher in Palu, Sheikh Abdullah Raqie – commonly known as Datuk Karama – has become a popular tourism destination since opening to visitors in 2010. <> 

"After its official inauguration, we handed over management of the Datuk Karama tomb to the Palu Tourism Agency," Palu Mayor Rusdi Mastura told Khabar Southeast Asia. "Tourists' enthusiasm to visit the tomb of Datuk Karama has been increasing each year, not only among local tourists, but also international."

The tomb in Lere village also contains his wife, Intje Dille, and two children, Intje Dongko and Intje Sarinabu.

Datuk Karama was a scholar from Minangkabau, West Sumatra who came to Palu in the 17th century and visited Lere during his first trip, tomb caretaker Aziz Muhammad said.

Datuk Karama arrived during the Kabonena Kingdom era led by King Ipue Nyidi. He spread Islam to areas inhabited by the Kaili Tribe, including in the regencies of Donggala , Sigi, Parigi Moutong and Tojo Una-Una.

"With a persuasive method along with charisma, Datuk Karama was able to spread Islam through preaching at a number of cultural ceremonies ," Aziz told Khabar. "This approach was slowly accepted by King Ipue Nyidi and the people of Kaili."

Datuk Karama chose to stay in Palu. The city has one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in Indonesia, at 99.8%.

His cultural influence remains. The kakula – a traditional musical instrument of the Kaili Tribe of Central Sulawesi – is the same as the talempong of the Minangkabau.

Dewi Rahmawati, a student at Atmajaya University in Yogyakarta, recently visited the tomb as part of her dissertation research.

"We want to pay respect and send our prayers," Rahmawati, who is writing about the spread of Islam in Palu, told Khabar.

Editing by Sudarto Murtaufiq

Ahad 7 September 2014 8:9 WIB
Cianjur supports its Muslim residents to recite Quran
Cianjur supports its Muslim residents to recite Quran

Cianjur, NU Online
Cianjur regency, West Java, has encourages its Muslim residents to recite Quran, the Muslim's holy book. Quran recitation in Cianjur is part of program implemented in October 2014. <>

"This program aims to produce one hafidz (Quran memorizer, Ed), one person per village," Cianjur regent, Tjetjep Muchtar Soleh said recently.

The program complies with the Cianjur's vision to build noble attitudes based on Islamic values. The local government has allocated funds to support the program.

The funds will help hafidz of Quran to concentrate on memorizing the Holy book in 20 months. The program is expected to produce 360 hafidz who can memorize the whole Quran or at least one hafidz per village.

Editing by Sudarto Murtaufiq

Rabu 13 Agustus 2014 12:41 WIB
Owned by NU, UIJ told to focus on developing itself
Owned by NU, UIJ told to focus on developing itself

Jember, NU Online
The Islamic University of Jember (UIJ) should focus on developing itself as best as possible to be a bona fide college and a pride for Nahdliyin (NU followers). <>

Chairman of the Lawmaking Body of the Jember's Branch Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PCNU) KH Muhyiddin Abdusshomad made the remarks at a meeting held by the Education Foundation of Nahdlatul Ulama (YPNU) in the university's auditorium on Tuesday (12/8).

According to Muhyiddin, the UIJ is de facto and de jure wholly owned NU following a decision recently taken by the Indonesian Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

"Now we no longer be bothered with internal issues, especially about the ownership of UIJ. In this case, the UIJ is supposed to be growing faster. Now it is fully owned by NU Jember. Unlike in the past in which its ownership was claimed by some NU elements," he said, adding that chairman of the Jember's PCNU would also be chairman of YPNU.

Muhyiddin was thankful to God for the UIJ has already shown encouraging progress. It could be seen from the involvement of subdistrict-level NU boards for having facilitated the freshman admissions process recently.

"So the Nahdliyin have felt really proud of having the UIJ, and this is very positive. Therefore, we should be able to match them with better services and complete facilities," he said.

Editing by Sudarto Murtaufiq

Selasa 5 Agustus 2014 21:38 WIB
UNUSDA officially launched
UNUSDA officially launched

Sidoarjo, NU Online
Deputy Governor of East Java Saifulah Yusuf officially launched the Nahdlatul Ulama University of Sidoarjo (UNUSDA) at the university's local campus on Monday.<>

"Hopefully, following the launch, UNUSDA will be able to both advance and improve the quality of education in East Java and become the best, prestigious, and quality university" he said here on Monday.

Formerly on August 1st, Education Minister Mohammad Nuh issued the Decree (SK) in terms of operations for the university that is located at Jln. Monginsidi, Sidoarjo. The decree was submitted to the Chairman of Lawmaking Body of the Sidoarjo's Nahdlatul Ulama Branch Board KH Rofik Siradj at Delta Wibawa Hall  Sidoarjo.

The ceremony of submitting the SK was attended by Director General of the Education and Culture Ministry Prof. Ir Yazidie, Deputy Governor Saifullah Yusuf, Regect of Sidoarjo Syaiful Illah, Deputy Regent Hadi Sucipto, and scores of the Sidoarjo's PCNU officials.

"To be a quality college and be accepted by society is not easy, because this newly-established institution should have its own characteristic if compared to other colleges in order to compete well," said the Deputy Governor of East Java in the inauguration.

According to him, there are three conditions for the UNUSDA to posision itself as an outstanding, prestigious and quality  campus. Firstly, it must have a good leader who could carry out the mandate and have a responsibility to promote the university.

"Its leaders should not be lazy because if the leaders are lazy, then their poor managerial leadership will have an impact on the performance of its lecturers and students," he said.

Secondly, the campus must have a good infrastructure. "It means, its infrastructure should be supported by representative building and facilities, so that students can learn and pursue their ecucation optimally," he said.

Thirdly, the UNUSDA must have qualified lecturers and there have now been many human resources of Nahdlatul Ulama who have the competence and expertise to share their knowledge with students.

"Its lecturers should be qualified, do not choose the ones who are lazy and not credible. All this is done solely for the advancement of the university," he said.

Meanwhile, the Regent of Sidoarjo Saiful Ilah expected the UNUSDA to be capable of improving education and the competitiveness of young people to pursue higher education.

Editing by Sudarto Murtaufiq

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