The Story of Prof Syamsul in Becoming a Minority Muslim in Australia

Author : Humas | Friday, June 14, 2019 09:13 WIB
UMMVice Rector 1, Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si in Australia

University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Vice Rector 1 Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si. in the last Eid, Wednesday (5/6), became the preacher in the Eid prayer for the Indonesian muslims community in Perth, Australia. In that chance, Syamsul picks up Preserve the Momentum of “Ramadhan Man”.

In his preach atLeisurerelief Center, Syamsul adds up some University in Diversity theme in order to complete his preach about a Ramadhan fasting spiritual experience that increasing the devotion as a profile of “Ramadhan Man”.

“In the case of determining 1st Syawal, we do not know when “modus Vivendi” between Muslims will be united? Because of this determination becomes the part of “ikhtilaf”, hopefully, it did not impact an “iftiraq”, divisions and contradictions, as Umar Shihab's review in the book, Different Mazhab from One Islam, which published in 2017," said Syamsul.

Syamsul narrated, the Prophet Muhammad was overcome by high-level concerns related to this "ikhtilaf" and "iftiraq". In a mosque that is now located in the left of the Baqi’ Madinah Cemetery, Masjid al Ijabah, the Prophet's third request was not granted. While the first two requests were granted. The Prophet asked Allah to prevent Muslims from separating due to their differences. This was the third request that was not granted.

In the sermon at Victoria Park, Syamsul also discussedthe threat of "national ties" between citizens who also happenedtoMuslims as an effect of electoral politics. "Ramadhan Man", as Syamsulsaidin hispreach, "is a human who has an ethos of goodness whichcharacterizedby his ability to keep patient and forgiving."

As what happened after our last election, Syamsul continued, we were easy to get angry and tend to be negativistic with others. Instead of based on a rational reason and objective, their anger was caused by hatred. Unconsciously, Syamsul said, we were falling to “post-truth” in such a way.

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Become a minority is not always surrounded by tears draining drama such as Uighur tribe, minority Muslims in China or Rohingya community in Myanmar,although it cannot be said that there is no tension experienced by Muslims in Australia.

From a discussion forum held by the CIMSCA (Curtin Indonesian Muslim Student Association) on June 6, where Syamsul was asked to unfold his KLN research — CIMSCA was the second association to provide a forum to Syamsul who was previously on June 4, Association of Indonesian Postgraduate Students and Scholarsin Australia (AIPSSA) also invited him to review the topic of Civil Society, 2019 Election and the Future of Democracy in Indonesia - a participant share their stories about veiled visitors who were not served by the cashier and less articulate the voices of Muslims when compared to the voices of Catholics who refused LGBT marriagewhich is carried by LGBT people.

"Maybe because Muslims are a minority," said the participant in the forum. However, the general phenomenon is that Muslims in Australia, at least if they listen to the testimonials of students who spoke at that time, both at Curtin and at UWA, the community, and the government provided guarantees for religious freedom including Muslims.

Khayruddin Kiramang, from Bone, Sulawesi, chairman of the CIMSA who was also Curtin University doctoral student asthe MORA sponsor, took Syamsul to a prayer room located at Curtin University. "Mushalla? On a red plate campus? Also in a secular country! During a conference at the University of Salerno, Italy, last March, instead of just a small room for prayer, it was not available," he murmured.

But on campus that the name was attributed to John Curtin, the Prime Minister of Australia, 1941-1945 and the front man of the Labor Party, 1935-1945, and the campus was "established" in 1966, rather than a small room, but instead a mosque with a fairly large size withcapacity of around 200 people, as well as unique architecture.It should not be called a prayer room, it can be called a mosque because it is also used for Friday prayers as I followed on June 8 yesterday.

"In the month of Ramadhan yesterday, in the mushalla provided some takjil," said Pak Din, the nickname of Khyaruddin Kiramang who was studying literature. There is also an additional story from Ms. Yuni, during Ramadan theyheld a bazaar in one of the corridors on Curtin's campus.

Being a Minority Muslim, there is indeed disadvantages.As well as being a majority, there are disadvantages, also advantages.But from several visits to Australia, I learned a lot from them."In the midst of limitations as a minority, their mental is majority. Is it possible because the Australian government also keeps their distance from religion as a private area? It still needs to be studied again," he concluded. (joh)



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