The Culture Reflection by The Language Used

world_handsMorning light didn’t make me feel okay. Getting up with a heavy body, I was starting this day to spread a good energy. I would have an Indonesian course today without my coordinator. She was taking a vacation while her job is replaced by Mbak Endah, the accountant. Today is a national holiday. Some staff have taken a holiday for two days. However, two students have class with 4 different teachers.

Arriving at Realia, I saw Mbak Endah was sitting at the teacher table, alone. She seemed ready to a course coordinator. Two students did not arrive yet. There was Mas Richards who became the first teacher of Pak Ben while I would teach him for the second session. A new book would be started today but Richards, looked like not ready for his morning classroom because he didn’t update of what the last class happened.

I came to Pak Ben and Mas David when the time was exactly at 8 a.m. However, they were in a good conversation, like always. I asked him, “pagi Pak Ben?” “Pagi Wirda, apa kabar?” “Baik, apa kabar Pak Ben?” “Aku baik.” “Are you on the teacher list?” “Ya, saya guru Anda.”
Just like what I have talked to you yesterday, he is a student who tries to find a learning method based on his ways. He has much talks in the class and has few of practical Indonesian language. He tends to more compare using another language of his to make him noticeable about his new words.

In the middle of our conversation, he was talking about Indonesian people and language. “So, I can conclude that there are only two words I need to live in Indonesia; “habis” and “belum”. Cause when I ordered something in a restaurant, they would say, habis atau belum. Or they would say InsyaAllah. But for me, an InsyaAllah response doesn’t make sense that God will permit to let that happened; because, in fact, he could not provide four cigarettes at that day. What answer I would expect that is “Okay, I am the owner of this shop, so I would make sure that in three days, I would provide four cigarettes. Instead of they say, InshaAllah”.

What I could explain to him was, the word InsyaAllah has become our culture since Moslem is the majority religion in Indonesia. When I explain to him that actually, people would make an effort when they say insyaAllah, he didn’t believe it, because,  he didn’t find an effort to provide the cigarettes.

Oh, language reflects a culture. In fact, not only Moslem who use the word InsyaAllah for to promise but also non-Moslem is one of Indonesian culture through a language. However, the word InsyaAllah which is interpreted to the willingness and agreement has been misunderstood that it is a doubt response instead of yes.

About for two hours in the class with Pak Ben, seems not long for me. I didn’t feel anxious like my other classes before, just because I confuse what topic I would like to talk about. That makes me feel like okay to teach him. And he seems friendly with other people. So, let’s see today of my last class with him because next week, Martha doesn’t give me classes with him.

Yogyakarta, 5May 2016

Go Out and See the World

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This morning, exactly on 8 a.m – 10 a.m, I had a class with Mr. Ben Kramer. I call him Pak Ben for short because it is an Indonesian class. Yeay, I am one of the teachers team for his study in Realia Language and Culture Center. Today is my second meeting with him in a classroom after Friday afternoon class. I remember that day, it was a formal meeting at first minutes of my classroom. But when I went to the book, he told some facts which I considered, he liked talking and an interesting person. However, today is more flowing with many interesting topics and few of personal conversation.

At the first minutes, I asked about his holiday at the weekend. He told it was fine and he said that Jogja is a quite city. He could not find beer in a resataurant. There were no clubs or young people who got drinking or dancing until morning. He wondered where the young people are. I answered that actually in Jogja, there are several clubs and some students go there to drink or dance, but not much.

Going to the exercise about Tidak dan Bukan concept, overall he was okay to understand it. However, he forgot some vocabularies interchangeably. At the question number 2, the sentences states about the cars brand. And I was asked about the cars coming from Japan and Germany. My God, I didn’t really know about it. “Your class is not intersting,” he said.  I was surprised to hear that. I said that I was not interested to find out about the cars. “How come? You are a teacher,” he said. “Okay, I will find about the car after this.” Then, he explained me more about cars in many countries. I just didn’t have any pictures in my mind about it.

At the middle of our conversation, he asked, “when will you get marriage?” “Me?” It was his second surprised question. I answer that I made a plan to get marriage before 25 years old. And then he suggest me that I need to travel and see the world. “You can learn many thing including language and cultures when you are outside your countries.” However, I told him that the problem-probably most of Indonesian people- is the money that we needed to survive there. And we have family that we need to take care of them.

He was the one who had been travelled in many countries and able to speak some languages  “By making a timeline, you can decide when you will learn your job, then you can travel, to Singapore, or  to Saudi Arabia where you can teach English for the women. Being a professional one. Which country next? Then you will tell people around you, that there are a lot of differences in this world.” That is what I could parapharse for his suggestion.

His son is also in the same ages like me, and now he was just graduated. “Now he is in South Africa with his friends. Find a girl and travel again. I let him go. It is your choice. I don’t know it is only my suggestion because I don’t know what is your parents would like to,” he added.

Sounds like it is my part of my own life. Travelling and learning. Staying at the same place doesn’t make me any choices to live unless I have a strong intention why am I there. Probably, it could be happened and God let it happen. But, it seems I need to arrange the path I would like to take. It doesn’t come alone, it comes with your courage and enthusiasm. God knows which ones is better and proper.

Yogyakarta, 02.05.16

Hari Rabu

Selanjutnya adalah Memulai belajar, Pengaturannya dan Urutannya.

Hari Rabu adalah hari sempurna untuk memulai belajar. Hari itu adalah hari turunnya cahaya dari Allah. Maka, guru Syaikhul Islam Burhanuddin Rahimahullah  meriwayatkan hadits di bawah ini:

ما من شئٍ بدئَ في يوم الاربعاءِالاّ وقد تمَّ

Tiada sesuatu yang dimulai di hari Rabu melainkan pasti akan sempurna.”

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Hari Rabu adalah hari yang pedih bagi kaum kafir dan penuh berkah bagi orang mukmin. Seperti Syeikh Abu Yusuf Al Hamadani Rahimahullah yang memulai seluruh amal kebaikannya di hari Rabu.

Dalam kitab Ta’lim muta’alim, secara ringkas bahwa murid baru perlu mengulang pelajaran sebanyak dua kali secara perlahan. Setelah itu tetap diulang setiap harinya. Jika dibutuhkan waktu yang lebih lama untuk memahminya, misalkan perlu 10x, maka diakhir juga 10x karena sudah terbiasa dan sebaiknya tidak meninggalkan kecuali kesusahan. Murid baru juga perlu membaca kitab yang lebih mudah agar tertarik dan mudah mengena.

Namun tambahan untuk kami dari ustadz, kebiasaan mempelajari kitab memang tidak biasa bagi banyak santri di pondok kami. Menurut saya, perlu usaha membagi waktu, menghilangkan malas dan tekad yang kuat untuk belajar yang istiqomah (konsisten) dan efektif.

Wallaua’lam bishowab.

Yk, 15.03.16

Ngaji Kitab Ta’lim

Learning Ta’lim Muta’alim written in Persia language. We are usually taught by Ustdz Shobah, but on this great chance, an Ustdz who usually teaches us Tauhid sat down surprisingly in front of us.

We continued to our next material about food and beverages concerned for students. After giving meaning for each word from Arabic into Javanese pegon, Ustdz Miftah explained more the translation related to the real life. This is my resume.
Maka dari itu, disarankan untuk makan roti kering dan anggur dan sebaiknya cukup agar tidak sering haus. Lebih lanjut, karena haus akan menambah dahak.*Dikatakan: “Tujuh puluh nabi sepakat bahwa kelupaan disebabkan oleh banyaknya dahak dan banyaknya dahak disebabkan banyaknya minum, banyaknya minum disebabkan oleh banyaknya makan.”

AKHLAK

Disarankan untuk bersiwak atau sikat gigi untuk mengurangi dahal dan menambah ingatan. Siwak adalah sunnah agar menambah pahal saat membaca A- Quran.

**Merusak banda bermaksud bahwa makan yang banyak akan menyebabkan resiko penyakit yang muncul sehingga perlu biaya untuk berobat ke dokter.

***Hukum makruh –

Cara mengurangi makan banyak yakni dengan makan sedikit yang bisa memperoleh faedah seperti tabel di atas.

Ustadz juga menambahkan, “makan setelah lapar, tidur setelah ngantuk”. Makna dari kalimat tersebut adalah berpuasa diantara kebanyakan orang lapar dan melakukan Shalat malam khususnya Tahajjud diantara lelapnya orang-orang tidur.

Diriwayatkan bahwa Syeikh Nawawi Al-Batani, mengarang kitab Syafinatun Najah, adalah guru Thariqoh yang menjadi murid Syeikh Yusup Al-Hamadani. Beliau tinggal di pesisir tetapi tidak makan ikan, atas ijazah berguru dengan Imam Nawawi.

“Memakan buah delima banyak tidak lebih baik dari memakan ikan yang sedikit”

Maksudnya, makan ikan menyebabkan kemalasan, jika dibandingkan dengan buah delima, maka lebih baik makan buah delima. Tapi untuk keutamaan makan sedikit, maka lebih baik, walaupun yang sedikit itu adalah makan ikan.

Wallahua’lam bishowab.

Yk, 15.03.16

To lead yourself

A leadership. There are many workshops and seminar with the theme of leadership. I have joined many of them. Some activities such kind of training from university, organization or community. Those offer leadership to engage participant that leadership is very important. I would say it is a fact. Leader or khalifah is a mandatory for everyone. Just like my faith, in a Holy Quran said that everyone is born as a leader or khalifah, Q.S. Baqarah: 30. For some people who realize their faith in Allah, they would consider themselves as Abdullah (Islamic Psychology Class at R.100).

After completing some of my projects this semester, it is hard to believe I have experienced all those things. It seems that it’s not easy on my thoughts. It would be hard and I should reduce some of schedules have lined-up. I just remember when myself two years or one year ago.  I deleted some events I have involved because I was afraid I could not doing all of them at the same time. It was true. I resigned from Kamadiksi event, Gasita performance in order to focus on Pramuka and Porsenigama. I also resigned from Saman Raya in term of being a Santri.

There are many hard things coming when you try to chase your dreams. However, now I realized that it is the start line. As long as your journey, there would be joyful and sorrow as a couple. But those things make you be stronger and though. You will learn how life is along your struggling.

This November, I did things that being my big projects. First, I was a committee Mawapres selection with my three friends. I became a moderator of the workshop. The next two weeks, I was invited to become moderator in muslimah talk show at Animal Science Faculty. At this December, I had a talk show named Dialogue of Achievement Nusantara Young People held by SIC.  The next week would be an English annual event Evofest. And the main thing, I haven’t thought yet as teacher in Realia. It is my challenge apart. In fact, I should try as best I can. I am passionate to be a well-round man. I will be a teacher in many ways. I believe Realia is a place for me to learn many things I have not known yet before.

The key of my success is my leadership. I could be very discipline person, but it might be in a day. Thus, leading is simple, when I can control myself to do things done without feeling satisfied, because there are many things remaining to do much better.

Yogyakarta, 8 December 2015

Missing my family

On the way after having interview of WRC and joining Eramus Mundus Action 2, I had the strong connection between my dream, God and myself. I said  at myself that I had only two options for this case i.e. I would or not. My big dream is heading on me.

The interviewing experience was so great. I could meet people who had almost the same vision and mission. I felt so comfortable on what we talked about. We shared our dream and feeling in facing the future. About one thing in the future that we extremely agreed was we would be the house wife. Three of us are going to be a good wife and mother. When I was interviewed by him …., he said that I was the first person who came from English department that attracted for WRC. I think It was not too bad for me because some events before, indicated that my department was different. For me, life is so big. There are so many things I should know. That is why I want to know about knowledge.

The scholarship seminar Eramus Mundus Action 2 was really amazing. The speaker named Prof. Gustavo Belforte. He talked about the Eramus Mundus project and his college Politecnico di Torino. I ever felt so sleepy because he spoke so fast but generally I got the point. The way he answered the questions was so long and clear. Most of the question came from the engineering faculty and I felt like so lost. But I considered that at least I had the same way for facing the future.

This morning I convinced myself that all those dreams might be come true. Reading the story of my friend who accepted in the leadership programme made me so envy. If he can, why I do not. We have the same goal but of course we are going to have our own ways. I am in Gadjah Mada University for Vocational School faculty is out of my plan. God makes it happened and there should be something that God will show at me. Who knows? Now I am missing my family. I realize that they are my true goal of these things. I cannot be without them. I am part of them.

About my life in Yogyakarta lately, I had problem with my new Family here. I was in a home with new friends and I should consider them as my new family but it is a little bit hard for me. They are so different with people who I would like to have. I cannot mix with their soul and actually it is only few of them. Now I do not like to spend much of my time in a home besides the distance is far from my campus. I just want to be an active student who dedicate herself for the future.

Yogyakarta, 11 October 2013

Thank You Allah

Dear Allah,

Thank you Allah, for everything You have given to me. I believe, place I belong, people I meet, situations I undergo, friends I make, are your planning to me. Someone who came to me, and bring me in love, even for a while, I believe it comes from You. What a sin I am ignoring You sometimes, forgetting You in a hard and good time.

I am afraid, someday, I will forget you in a situation I don’t expect. I am afraid of people I will meet in the future, will make a distance between me and You. Once again, I am afraid of spouse I will have. I will live with him. I will share with him. I will make a heaven in our home. I can’t imagine one person, it’s too earlier. I don’t want to close with any guy yet, I don’t want to make a hope. I don’t want to get heartbreaking. I want to wait for your fate. I believe, Your fate is better for me. I believe You have chosen him, for my heaven, and create another heaven, even after life.

Today, I felt great. I could share part of my life with my coordinator. At first, it is very hard telling what I am doing in my Islamic boarding school. It felt like it was contrast at Realia life. However, she was nice. She just needs knowing more about what Islam is and moreover, she needs gathering with good people.

By the time, I hope I can learn more my faith in You whenever and whenever I am. Nowadays, I would try building a strong self-defense to know what I know, to do what I plan, to learn what I need, to get into You. If ‘Inayatullah is the officially place, I want to thank you for bring me here. I mean, it is not easy to blend everything, but I must. This introvert type should learn and adjust for many situations. Tomorrow, I will meet new people. I should be ready for them. I should be tough here. Focus what I learn.

Also, I felt that friends are everything. They are great. Pramuka, brought me to meet them, Iroh, Windu, and Wiji. We meet to share and to close our friendship. Thank you Allah.

So much thank you, for being here

Yogyakarta, 19-02-2016

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Preparing Students into A Workplace

Being a fifth-semester student is a challenge for me. I am taking teaching and business administration in a college which is applying more practice than theory. Thus, I looked for a part time job in my field and accepted as a Bahasa Indonesia teacher for foreigners. It has an international environment. However, I face a little trouble being a new teacher during my fifth semester. Emphasizing personal management skills, skills in working with others, and labor market information are important things preparing students into a workplace.

The emphasizing personal management skills is an important thing for the college students. As a student of English department taking teaching and business administration, there are many differences between what I learn in my part-time workplace and what I learn in my college life. Thus, the company provides a training program preparing new employer. However, after completing the training program, I got problems doing my job. The company forces me to do properly without any mistakes. As a new employer, it might be frustrating, but I must have self-motivated that my job is great and the people are nice. I get along a reflection skill and learning skill many times in order to know myself and my current job as the personal management skills.

The skill in working with others is the next essential thing for a new employer. In my workplace, there is a team of teachers to get along a lesson plan for a class. As a new teacher, I did mistakes which made a conflict with other teachers. Thus, conflict management  and teamwork skills are needed in working with others.

Last but not least is the labor market information. College needs compose courses to prepare students employability. Career fair and alumni visits are the examples of my college to prepare their students after graduating from college. However, students are encouraged having self-development by making career planning during their study. Also, an internship that is provided by my college can prepare students entering a workplace. Thus, they can practice negotiating, workplace ethics, and working with supervisors.

To sum up, there are three things that college and students could do together integrating workplace and college life. Those are by emphasizing personal management skills, skills in working with others, and labor market information.

 

Sentuhan Pagi di Sweet Seventy Indonesiaku

“Aku harus segera menyibukkan diri. Membunuh dengan tega setiap kali kerinduan itu muncul. Berat sekali melakukannya, karena itu berarti aku harus menikam hatiku setiap detik.”

Pagi ini, aku lanjutkan membaca novel Tere Liye. Kisah seorang laki-laki bernama Tegar. Tentang sebuah kesempatan. Tentang kerelaan yang berujung pada pemahamam. Memahami indahnya menerima, memaafkan, tapi tidak melupakan. Sebuah kerelaan untuk menikam hati begitu dalam untuk mengambil pemahaman baru. Berdamai dengan diri sendiri dan sepotong masa lalu.

Hubbul wathaan minal iimaan. Pagi ini juga, adalah hari kemerdekaan Indonesia. Hari ini, tepat 70 tahun Indonesia merdeka. Betapa besar pengorbanan pejuang atas keringat dan darah mereka untuk memeperjuangkan kemerdekaan Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI).

Pagi yang agak getir. Aku berusaha menyelipkan waktu sebelum shubuh untuk bersujud dan berkhalwat dengan-Nya. Tapi terisak oleh sempitnya waktu yang mengharuskanku sahur. Keduanya kulakukan serba ganjil. Keganjilan yang berujung dengan suara bedug di Masjid An-Namiroh. Masjid di pondok Inayatullah.

Setelah shubuh berjamaah, pak Kyai ngendikan Qur’anan untuk memperingati Kemerdekaan RI. Sejenak santri yang terlihat mengantuk bangkit dari tempatnya. Hari ini kami melakukan kegiatan yang berbeda. Jika biasanya santri putra mujahaddah dan santri putri setoran mengaji, berbeda dengan hari ini. Kami berkumpul di Aula.

Aula shubuh yang berbeda. Pak Kyai terlihat menunggu santri yang lain berdatangan. Saat mahalul Qiyam, kami meneruskan lantunan shalawat nabi dengan menyanyikan Lagu Kebangsaan Indonesia Raya. Pak Kyai memimpin langsung para santrinya. Sungguh, lagu yang miris. Miris mengiris karena sebagai santri, aku merasa belum memberikan kontribusi konkrit untuk bangsa ini.

Juga berbeda bagi mereka yang kemarin malam tidak bandongan dan tertinggal satu rakaat shubuh berjamaah. Mereka harus bersiap menerima ta’zir dari pak Kyai. Ada tiga santri putri yang berdiri dekat jendela. Mbak Miftah dan Mbak Dilla karena tidak ijin absen mengikuti bandongan dan Mbak Tika yang tidak shubuhan di Masjid.

Aula menjadi saksinya. Mereka membacakan UUD 1945 dengan muka tersipuh malu dihadapan santri putri dan Pak Kyai. Karena masih ganjil, santri putra menyempurnakan bacaan UUD 1945. Tapi ternyata  alinea ke empat Pembukaan UUD 1945  yang dibacakan kang Ibnu semakin terasa ganjil. Kembali ke santri putri, mereka menyanyikan lagu Kebangsaan Hari Kemerdakaan ciptaan pak H. Mutahar dan Garuda Pancasila.

Riang, damai dan penuh arti. Ngendikan pak Kyai bahwa para santri lah yang memperjuangkan kemerdekaan NKRI. Juga petikan obrolan SIC inspirasi center kemarin sore, bahwa nilai sabar dan ulet santri dulu, sepatutunya dicontoh oleh kalangan santri sekarang.

Semoga para pahlawan, mayoritas Muslim mendapat tempat terindah dari Allah SWT.

Semoga Indonesia bisa bangkit, ditengah krisis yang melilit.

Pagi yang penuh arti. Sebuah pemahaman baru untuk santri Nusantara.

Yogyakarta, 17 Agustus 2015

Dunia Itu Pasti

11/8/15

سم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Rutinitas di pondok sudah dimulai. Mulai dari kembalinya aktif kelompok piket harian dan dalem, masak, kewajiban shalat jama’ah di masjid, bandongan, madrasah diniyah, mujahddah, mengaji shubuh, hafalan dan sholawatan. Ramai penuh sesak. Kamar letter L, kamar besar, siap dihuni 10 karakter berbeda dari berbagai multidisiplin ilmu.

Bagiku, bandongan adalah aktivitas paling menarik. Bertemu langsung dengan pak Kyai Chamdani Yusuf, melantunkan kalamullah berjama’ah, membuka lembar demi lembar kitab  مختار الأ حاديث . Menerjemahkan dalam bahasa Jawa disertai analogi dan contoh dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Tak jarang, pertanyaan-pertanyaan tak terjawab yang terlintas di benakku dan santri lainnya sering dibahas saat bandongan.

Pun bandongan edisi hari ini. Sekelumit perasaan membuncah yang terus menerus mempertanyakan kepastian. Segunung kekhawatiran yang membeku dan menerkam hati. Iya, aku tak bisa berhenti dari kekhawatiran masa depanku. Ingin sekali rasanya aku lari dan lari mengejar keinginan-keinginan itu. Tapi sekarang, ragaku mulai lelah, keinginan itu mulai pudar. Apa sebenranya yang aku inginkan? Apakah aku melupakan kebutuhan yang seharusnya aku utamakan?

Pak Kyai membuka bandongan malam mini dengan menceritakan santri putri yang meminta ijazah dengan ngrowot (tidak memakan makanan yang terbuat dari beras yang merupakan makanan pokoknya). Beliau tidak menyetujui santri tersebut karena ngrowot tidak bagus untuk rahim perempuan. Wanita bisa meminta ijazah dengan puasa, menaati peraturan pondok, shalat jama’ah, mengaji, shalat malam dan rajin belajar. Dengan niat memnita ridho Allah SWT sebagai ikhtiar prihatin atas ilmu, pasangan dan keturunan.

Selanjutnya adalah perkara rejeki.

.قال الله تعالى وما من دا بة فى الارض الا على الله رزقها.

وقال تعالى والذين اذا انفقوا لم يسرفوا ولم يقترواوكان بين ذلك قواما

(Halaman 220 – مختار الأ حاديث ~ تهذيب النفوس)

Bahwa rejeki itu dibagi menjadi dua; bil wahbi dan bil hasbi. Bil wahbi yakni rejeki peparing dari Allah SWT. Rejeki yang sudah pasti untuk mahluk-Nya. Contohnya sosok santri yang sumantri. Kalau memang sudah rejeki, dengan tidur pun rejeki makanan sering datang menghampiri. Itulah ciri khas kehidupan pondok. Penuh keprihatinan penuh keberkahan.

Yang kedua adalah bil hasbi yakni dengan usaha. Burung keluar dari sarangnya mencari makan seiring embun pagi diujung dedaunan segar. Kembali lagi ke sarang dengan perut kenyang. Esuk pun kembali menerjang awan. Rejeki atas usaha burung yang sudah ditetapkan oleh Allah SWT.

Manusia hanya bisa ikhtiar. Ikhtiar bisa dilakukan dengan berbagai hal. Bisa dengan bekerja. Ada juga yang seharian berdzikir seharian. Yang terakhir karena salah satu usaha ketetapan iman an Islamnya. Kembali lagi, bahwa rejeki sudah ada yang menentukan.

Dunia adalah sesuatu yang pasti. Allah SWT tidak memandang mahluk-Nya yang taat dan tidak, rejeki sudah ditentukan-Nya. Tak perlu ngoyo dalam mengejarnya. Sangat keliru jika terlalu mengejar-ngejar dunia. Sampai-sampai meninggalkan shalat berjama’ah dan amal ma’ruf lainnya. Ikhtiar diniatkan untuk ketetapan iman dan Islam.

Semoga diri ini tetap istiqomah mencari ridho-Mu. Hanya ridho-Mu.

Wallahu a’alam bishowab