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Islam itu Ramah, Bukan Marah

Itu adalah judul buku pertama yang saya baca di bulan ini. Membaca judulnya yang bagi saya terasa sungguh relevan dengan keadaan umat muslim saat ini, membuat saya tertarik untuk mengintip isinya.

Buku karya Irfan Amalee ini terlihat sederhana, dengan ukuran tidak terlalu besar dan tebal sekitar 200 halaman. Namun, saya menemukan banyak pencerahan serta sudut pandang baru dari tulisan penulis yang mudah dicerna.

Isi buku dibagi menjadi dua bagian:
>> Bagian 1: All About Peace
Pada bagian ini penulis membahas mengenai sifat manusia, penyebab konflik, peperangan, persatuan, hingga cara kerja otak dan kemampuan merespon dengan bijaksana/ hilm.

>> Bagian 2: Character Building
Di sini penulis menekankan pada nilai-nilai yang perlu dimiliki dan hal yang perlu dilakukan seseorang agar dapat menjadi bagian dari Islam yang maju dan damai, sesuai nilai ajarannya.

Islam Ramah Bukan Marah

Hal-hal yang ditulis dalam buku ini mungkin bukan sesuatu yang benar-benar baru atau sepenuhnya belum pernah saya dengar, tapi entah bagaimana, cara penulis menyampaikannya memunculkan semacam pemahaman baru dalam melihat suatu hal.

Penulis berhasil menunjukkan poin-poin penting dibalik berbagai hal yang dia bahas, dan walaupun tiap bagian tersusun dari bab-bab berisi tulisan pendek yang terasa ringan, semua terasa menyatu dan berkesinambungan.

Beberapa hal yang saya kumpulkan dari buku ini, misalnya:

  • Tentang betapa hati yang sakit akan menyakiti, da pentingnya harga diri sebagai pemicu sekaligus pengakhir konflik.
  • Bahwa untuk mengubah pemahaman seseorang , pengalaman jauh lebih efektif daripada perdebatan.
  • Tentang hilm/ response ability/ kemampuan merespon sesuatu dengan bijak, tidak reaktif. Sifat yang dimiliki oleh Rasulullah dan seperti hilang pada diri banyak orang zaman sekarang, yang terlalu cepat berbagi berita yang belum tentu benar, cepat memberi komentar, cepat marah, menuduh, menghakimi.
  • Tentang bagaimana pendidikan kita cenderung berfokus pada stimulasi otak reptilia manusia dengan menakut-nakuti daripada merangsang neo-cortex agar berpikir aktif dan kritis.
  • Tentang appreciate inquiry dan discovering ability, yaitu fokus pada hal positif juga kelebihan seseorang atau sesuatu.
  • Tentang konsep compassionate school atau sekolah yang beradab. Pentingnya hidden curriculum/ culture sebuah sekolah untuk menjadi pertimbangan saat akan memilih tempat belajar, daripada sekadar melihat prestasi akademik atau berbagai visi, misi dan kurikulum yang dikemukakan.
  • Tentang pentingnya budaya literasi dan bagaimana perintah membaca diulang sebanyak 33 kali, lebih banyak dari perintah memakai jilbab misalnya, yang artinya, kalau menutup aurat itu wajib dan penting, maka membaca atau menuntut ilmu itu lebih penting lagi. Menjalankan syariat harus ditunjang oleh ilmu.
  • Tentang Islamicity Index yang dibuat berdasarkan indikator nilai-nilai Islam yang diambil dari Al-Qur’an dan Hadis, di mana Indonesia dan negara-negara Islam menempati urutan terendah sementara di urutan teratas ditempati negara-negara non-muslim.

Banyak lah. Dari satu buku itu mungkin bisa dikembangkan jadi banyak artikel.

Kalaupun ada yang kurang dari buku ini, itu adalah hilangnya poin nomor dua dari lima poin yang disebutkan pada halaman 111-116.

Irfan Amalee merupakan CEO Mizan Application Publisher dan tengah membangun Peace Generation, yang dicita-citakan menjadi sebuah social enterprise berskala internasional. Tulisannya dalam buku ini turut berjasa membuat saya memenuhi target membaca sekaligus kembali menulis review buku.

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Malcolm X

The original title was “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley”. I read the translated version.

I heard his name for quite a long time but know very little about him. He’s an African American, he’s a moslem, and the Indonesian version title said that he “revolutionized the world of Islam and humanity”. That’s what made me interested to know more about this man.

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) were born in the time when racism was in a horrific condition. His entire life was basically influenced by it and was then dedicated against it.

Before Malcolm was born, his family had to move out of their house because the threat of the Ku Klux Klan, since Malcolm’s father was an activist of UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Malcolm X

His father was killed when he was six, his mother was placed in a mental hospital seven years after. In his teenage years, he started to spent most of his life on the street, get involve with alcohol, drugs, became a thief and trafficker, until he got into jail.

As he grew, he watched and experienced how the black people were treated differently by the white people. Not always in a ruthless way, but even the nicest white people (sometimes maybe without realizing that it was some form of racism) doesn’t seems to see black people equally as human being. Yet, not until heard about Elijah Muhammad and his teachings, he realized how terrible racism has and still destroying black people.

I learn from this book how oppression and negligence could grow inferiority in someone. That when a human being treated less than he should be all his life, he would be eventually think less of himself. He would started to believe that he deserved it.

In this case, racism had led the African American to forget who they really are. The oppression and in equal treatment they got since the first time they arrived at the country as slaves had effecting them mentally, spiritually, socially, and economically. It was led them into low self esteem, the helpless feeling, and self destructive attitude. They got to believe that they were lower than the white people and the only way they could succeed was by their mercy or by following their way. The worst part of it is that most of them didn’t even realize this.

MAlcolm X Quote

This self esteem and the pride of being black men was what Elijah Muhammad with his Nation of Islam tried to revived. The movement want black people stand on their own feet and began to fight for their success. Malcolm who was born as Malcolm Little changed his last name into X like the other member of the religious movement. He became National Representative of the Nation of Islam, second in rank after Elijah, before he found the real Islam, that gave a new perspective in his fight for the rights of blacks and about racism itself.

Trough his speech and his own journey to find the truth, Malcolm woke a lot of people, black or white, about the racism problem in America and how it was the roots of lots of problem in the country.

Malcolm was stating the truth that was making people, white or black, uncomfortable. His passion and frankness might also made some people feel threaten. But I think that’s also how he inspires even more people across races in different countries, even long after he died as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.