Kesan, Pesan untuk Mr. Syayid

Pengetahuan lebih baik daripada banyak harta. Meskipun banyak harta, tanpa pendidikan, harta tersebut tetap akan habis. – Syayid 2012

Jika anda adalah mahasiswa yang pernah saya ajar, atau mahasiswa yang skripsinya saya bimbing, atau mahasiswa yang saya menjadi penguji paper atau skripsinya, atau mahasiswa yang saya menjadi pembimbing akademiknya, maka pesan, kesan, dan saran dari kalian sangat saya hargai.

Sebagai seorang dosen, saya tentu ingin belajar lebih lanjut lagi untuk menjadi dosen yang lebih baik, baik dari segi pendidikan namun juga dari segi kepribadian dan kematangan kepribadian (kualitas mental dan perilaku).

Kalian boleh menyebutkan nama dengan lengkap beserta NPM, jika dirasa perlu. Jika  sungkan untuk menuliskan nama, boleh memakai inisial  (seperti: JS). Saya terbuka untuk saran, kesan, dan pesan dari mahasiswa. Secara pribadi, saya adalah seorang pembelajar.

Mohon gunakan bahasa yang sopan, santun, dan ber-etika ke-Indonesia-an ya. Boleh dimulai dari kesan yang baik, interaksi yang kalian harapkan, cara saya berkomunikasi, atau cara saya mengajar di depan kelas, atau bahkan boleh perihal bagaimana sebaiknya saya di dalam membimbing skripsi bila dibandingkan dengan pengalaman bimbingan skripsi teman kalian (tanpa menyebutkan nama dosen lain). Komentar dan evaluasi dari kalian, besar kemungkinan juga bisa bermanfaat bagi dosen lainnya yang mungkin juga akan membaca postingan ini.

Sukses untuk kalian, dan untuk masa depan yang lebih baik.

Salam sukses! Untuk diri kita, keluarga, dan Indonesia.


Tujuan dari postingan ini adalah sebagai wadah evaluasi diri selaku dosen, dari sudut pandang mahasiswa. Tindakan ini sangat bermanfaat untuk tumbuh kembang pribadi dosen yang cendekiawan dalam kehidupan berbangsa bernegara dan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari.

After becoming a Muslim, what’s next?

To be honest, I am impressed by the shared stories of American youths who become Muslims. As a Muslim who is growing in a Muslim community in Indonesia, I felt a sort of spiritual jealousy to American Muslims who become Muslims. My jealousy is positive, anyways. You know, being an American, as I perceive means being an individual with total liberty and freedom. However, after I listen and comprehend the discourses of being American, I tend to see that in the United States, life and living are not as easy as it may seem. Perhaps, I mention this statement because I was born outside the United States. This time, my writing focuses on American converts to Islam. I hope that my writing can be read by Americans who want to become Muslims. Please bear in mind, though, I am not a scholar in Islam, but I want to share bits and pieces of being a Muslim, purely Muslim, without any attached –ism within your beliefs as a Muslim.

First of all, I would like to say, “Congratulations! Welcome to Islam! Alhamdulillah! Praise be to Allah who opens your heart and guide you into a correct path in life”

I honestly tell you this because as I know, coming to Islam as a person who is not raised in Islāmic community seems to be amazing. I call it amazing because when I try to put myself like you, perhaps I would imagine that what I would know of Islam is only through media that I read or listen in daily basis. Perhaps, Internet helps you to find Islam as well, but the validity of information in Internet, to me, cannot be considered as 100% true and valid. (I am a language teacher and a linguist, so I know some people try to make stuffs to make them look “cool” by telling lies and hatred statements). The question is that you already become Muslims, so “What’s next?”

Hold on. Take a deep breath and sit nicely. Look at the mirror and say yourself, “I am awesome!”

Ooops, I am kidding, but yes, you are awesome!

My first suggestion for you is to take it slowly. Take your spiritual paths in Islam slowly and nicely. None forces you to change dramatically. In my understanding, coming to Islam needs a rigorous process and a strong commitment from you. This statement applies to all Muslims, already Muslims or New Muslims. Remember, in front of Allah SWT, you are so fresh like babies. Your sins are already forgiven. If you really do consider yourself make sins before you come to Islam and made your Shahada, Allah SWT knew that at that time you were under your ignorance. Now, once you step in into Islam, your sins and merits are in your hands. You will be judged on what you do in your life. I call it, Self-Consciousness, or knowing yourself more than anyone on earth. If you know who you are and know why you have a certain condition of life, you will likely know who your Creator is. It is already embedded in each and every one of us, until we are corrupted by satanic ways of life, which is physically abusive to our body and spirit as human beings.

After you took your shahadah, focus on understanding the 5 pillars of Islam. These pillars mean, if you do them, you already build the temple as well as kingdom of your own faith – Islam. Allah SWT is the Most Knowing of what you do. So, what are they? They are Tauheed (The Oneness of Allah), Salat (Worship in the form of Obligatory Prayers), Fasting during the month of Ramadhan, Zakat (Madatory Charity giving), and Hajj (Higher Pilgrimage). As a New Muslim, I know that all these things sound heavy for you to do all at once. That is why I inform you to take them slowly, but of course, you must have willingness to do them. In general, all Muslims, especially those who practice their beliefs, consider the first, second, third, and fourth as essential. We can do them in anywhere we are. At this point, if you have questions dealing with how to do Salat and Fasting, you could ask about all these things to Sheikh who might be available in your town. I believe that he will help you to understand more about these pillars of Islam, and especially, how to practice them. You can go to a nearest Masjid (mosque) in your town to practice your spiritual needs afterwards. Well, then, is it just these things? No.

Now, I will lead you to the ideas of 6 Articles of Faith. These articles are also crucial for your identity as a Muslim in front of Allah SWT. You do not need to shout out loud your belief because the most important thing is: Allah SWT is All Knowing what is in the Heaven and Earth, including you, a little creäture in this big earth. What are these 6 articles? They are: 1) sincere belief in Allah and monotheism; 2) belief in the Angels; 3) Belief in the Divine Books revealed from Allah – Al-Qur’an; 4) Belief in all the preceding prophets and Muhammad SAWS; 5) The Qiyamah; and 6) The belief in Divine Preordainment and Predestination. Therefore, all I can say, is being a Muslim needs more than just a belief. On the surface, these 6 articles of faith might look stunning for other people who do not know anything about Islam, but once they try to build their mind within these 6 articles of faith, they will surely feel something different within themselves. These 6 articles of Faith are in need of your consent as a Muslim.

So, by now, you have two important aspects in Islam: 5 pillars of Islam and 6 articles of Faith.

As American Muslims, you need to do all these things step by step, especially if you are new to Islam.

What about your previous faith? What should you do about it?

Well, you decide. Which one is important for you, your life and soul, or your previous faith?

If you become a Muslim and you try to help other fellow Christians and Jews to Islam; why not?

Basically, Christianity and Judaism have many things similar in common, but the overall differences are seen in the way we look at the Creator, God. For other faiths, you can browse online about stories and videos of many people come to Islam these days. In Islam, if you really learn this religion seriously, you will meet with a very deep religious knowledge. The more you dig it, the more you will find something new for yourself. I myself am still learning, although I basically love to do what I know.

How about other things in social life that they talk about? News on TV? How about those things?

To be honest, all I can say is, you know, people work in Media in order to get some money. In order to get money from their works and are able to earn as much money as possible, some of them dare to twist news or reality for the viewers; so that they can be considered as truthful, although, in this day and age, everyone already understands the process of making news. Selling information to viewers is a common thing to do by Media. I had been working in Media, too, so I know pretty much the background of a studio. However, I am not saying that all media are bad. There are also good media around, though. Once a news come to you, ask it yourself, “Is it real? Evidence? Why? How? Where? When? Who? How come?” After that, do your own search. As an American, that is why it is important for you to learn other foreign languages so that you can see how other people inform news within their own communities. Sorry for being out of our topics, but, yeah, the point is, “be strong on your belief”. I pray to Allah SWT may all American Muslims are protected from any false political propaganda whispered by people who claim themselves know Islam, but they do not even believe in it. Also, I pray that all Muslims are under the guidance of Allah SWT.

For your information, Allah SWT guides whom He wills. Therefore, if you meet or encounter people who disrespect your belief and faith, that is the actual form of Tests from Allah SWT.

Hijab? LGBT? Stuffs?

Read more about Islam. Comprehend Al-Qur’an. Comprehend the Sunnah (Al-Hadeeth). The more you read, the wiser you become. And, select readings that are insightful. Books that do not represent correct information, in which opinions are presented too much personally, will not help you much in Islam. At the end, you will understand that all those things are only “stuffs” that test your faith to Allah SWT, your Creator. They may say anything about your faith, but trust me, compared to those folks; you have your Creator – the Creator of the Heaven and Earth. For me, that is more than enough. Life is just like a game. None influences you, unless you influence yourself from what you are doing. Finally, I hope that you may grow yourself as a Muslim, and me, too. Sometimes, I felt that the tests beyond my ability, but after I pass the tests, I know that it uplifts me into a better human being. Insya Allah. Jazakillah khair. Wassalamualaikum. May peace be unto you, dear brothers and sisters.

Hatred is for those whose heart is filled with hate – as simple as that. – Syayid Sandi Sukandi

(Some information in this writing are taken from Muslim Student Association at SIUE).

P.S. For Mr. Kevin Phillips and Ms. Heather Phillips, I love you guys, more than you could imagine. I am so sorry for all my mistakes to you. I am only a human being, just like you. Please do forgive me. Thank you.

99 Names of Allah in Indonesian, Arabic Letters, and English

Allah - The God in Islam

99 Names of Allah in Indonesian, Arabic Letters, and English

1 Allah (الله) The Greatest Name

2 Ar-Rahman (الرحمن) The All-Compassionate

3 Ar-Rahim (الرحيم) The All-Merciful

4 Al-Malik (الملك) The Absolute Ruler

5 Al-Quddus (القدوس) The Pure One

6 As-Salam (السلام) The Source of Peace

7 Al-Mu’min (المؤمن) The Inspirer of Faith

8 Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن) The Guardian

9 Al-Aziz (العزيز) The Victorious

10 Al-Jabbar (الجبار) The Compeller

11 Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر) The Greatest

12 Al-Khaliq (الخالق) The Creator

13 Al-Bari’ (البارئ) The Maker of Order

14 Al-Musawwir (المصور) The Shaper of Beauty

15 Al-Ghaffar (الغفار) The Forgiving

16 Al-Qahhar (القهار) The Subduer

17 Al-Wahhab (الوهاب) The Giver of All

18 Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق) The Sustainer

19 Al-Fattah (الفتاح) The Opener

20 Al-`Alim (العليم) The Knower of All

21 Al-Qabid (القابض) The Constrictor

22 Al-Basit (الباسط) The Reliever

23 Al-Khafid (الخافض) The Abaser

24 Ar-Rafi (الرافع) The Exalter

25 Al-Mu’izz (المعز) The Bestower of Honors

26 Al-Mudhill (المذل) The Humiliator

27 As-Sami (السميع) The Hearer of All

28 Al-Basir (البصير) The Seer of All

29 Al-Hakam (الحكم) The Judge

30 Al-`Adl (العدل) The Just

31 Al-Latif (اللطيف) The Subtle One

32 Al-Khabir (الخبير) The All-Aware

33 Al-Halim (الحليم) The Forbearing

34 Al-Azim (العظيم) The Magnificent

35 Al-Ghafur (الغفور) The Forgiver and Hider of Faults

36 Ash-Shakur (الشكور) The Rewarder of Thankfulness

37 Al-Ali (العلى) The Highest

38 Al-Kabir (الكبير) The Greatest

39 Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ) The Preserver

40 Al-Muqit (المقيت) The Nourisher

41 Al-Hasib (الحسيب) The Accounter

42 Al-Jalil (الجليل) The Mighty

43 Al-Karim (الكريم) The Generous

44 Ar-Raqib (الرقيب) The Watchful One

45 Al-Mujib (المجيب) The Responder to Prayer

46 Al-Wasi (الواسع) The All-Comprehending

47 Al-Hakim (الحكيم) The Perfectly Wise

48 Al-Wadud (الودود) The Loving One

49 Al-Majid (المجيد) The Majestic One

50 Al-Ba’ith (الباعث) The Resurrector

51 Ash-Shahid (الشهيد) The Witness

52 Al-Haqq (الحق) The Truth

53 Al-Wakil (الوكيل) The Trustee

54 Al-Qawiyy (القوى) The Possessor of All Strength

55 Al-Matin (المتين) The Forceful One

56 Al-Waliyy (الولى) The Governor

57 Al-Hamid (الحميد) The Praised One

58 Al-Muhsi (المحصى) The Appraiser

59 Al-Mubdi’ (المبدئ) The Originator

60 Al-Mu’id (المعيد) The Restorer

61 Al-Muhyi (المحيى) The Giver of Life

62 Al-Mumit (المميت) The Taker of Life

63 Al-Hayy (الحي) The Ever Living One

64 Al-Qayyum (القيوم) The Self-Existing One

65 Al-Wajid (الواجد) The Finder

66 Al-Majid (الماجد) The Glorious

67 Al-Wahid (الواحد) The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible

68 As-Samad (الصمد) The Satisfier of All Needs

69 Al-Qadir (القادر) The All Powerful

70 Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر) The Creator of All Power

71 Al-Muqaddim (المقدم) The Expediter

72 Al-Mu’akhkhir (المؤخر) The Delayer

73 Al-Awwal (الأول) The First

74 Al-Akhir (الأخر) The Last

75 Az-Zahir (الظاهر) The Manifest One

76 Al-Batin (الباطن) The Hidden One

77 Al-Wali (الوالي) The Protecting Friend

78 Al-Muta’ali (المتعالي) The Supreme One

79 Al-Barr (البر) The Doer of Good

80 At-Tawwab (التواب) The Guide to Repentance

81 Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم) The Avenger

82 Al-‘Afuww (العفو) The Forgiver

83 Ar-Ra’uf (الرؤوف) The Clement

84 Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك) The Owner of All

85 Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام) The Lord of Majesty

and Bounty

86 Al-Muqsit (المقسط) The Equitable One

87 Al-Jami’ (الجامع) The Gatherer

88 Al-Ghani (الغنى) The Rich One

89 Al-Mughni (المغنى) The Enricher

90 Al-Mani'(المانع) The Preventer of Harm

91 Ad-Darr (الضار) The Creator of The Harmful

92 An-Nafi’ (النافع) The Creator of Good

93 An-Nur (النور) The Light

94 Al-Hadi (الهادي) The Guide

95 Al-Badi (البديع) The Originator

96 Al-Baqi (الباقي) The Everlasting One

97 Al-Warith (الوارث) The Inheritor of All

98 Ar-Rashid (الرشيد) The Righteous Teacher

99 As-Sabur (الصبور) The Patient One

(taken from Hasan Muhammad, 30 Oktober 2009).

The blog author’s note: Allah SWT has no statue and no other symbolic things. He is not in anywhere but closer to human’s heart.

Republished in this blog for sharing only. Thank you.

“The Silent Corner” Blog Review for 2011 – Beating the New York City! ^_^

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt from the WordPress Administrator:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Readers for "The Silent Corner" in 2011

If you want to know how WordPress reports this to me, as the author, please click the following link. Thanks!

By knowing this, I am eager to write more. Thanks WordPress! It’s really a cool blog system.


Click here to see the complete report.

Religions in Indonesia – The Correct Perspective

I have recently noticed that some websites and even blog in Internet mentioning religions in Indonesia in such a wrong and subjective way. Some of them attack Islam while the others attack Christian. Actually, we are all religious people and we embrace living in peace. I am an Indonesian; therefore, I know about my country. Please watch this video to know the truth about religions in Indonesia.

The news sometimes brings you into misconception but one thing for sure is that over-generalization is exactly the thing that what the news has inside. So, be careful in reading the news. ^_^