Free West Papua : Following the Islamic Spirit of Papuan Muslims

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Reported from Republika, Who would have thought the Muslim community Nuu Waar was very excited in carrying out the command of Allah and His Messenger. One of the most obvious commandments of the Nuu Waar community is the cultivation of ukhuwah islamiyah.

Nuu Waar or more familiar with the title Papua (Muslim), is known to have a tough, antagonistic society. But that assumption is not entirely true. Papuan Muslims have a noble character. This noble character is more than they show when welcoming their Muslim siblings from outside Papua.

Although from different races, did not reduce the hospitality they expressed. Hands-on, handshakes and throwing smiles became a Papuan Muslim tradition. Papuan Muslim hospitality can even be spelled out more than the Javanese, whose citizens are known friendly.

In Java, no writer has ever found anyone who respects guests to bring luggage. Most just say gawane dewa ten mejo mawon, Mas (the goods just put on the table, sir). Papuan Muslim hospitality may be second to none.

Another matter of great concern to Papuan Muslims is prayer. In five prayer times, the mosque is always crowded, both children, youth, and parents.

Before entering shubuh time, some of the fathers had been kneeling on the floor of the mosque using t-shirts and sarongs, others were cloaked. Practice tahajud prayer in the last third of the night.

They look solemn in prayer tahajud until call to prayer. The verse of the Qur'an is also sung with melodious and eloquent. In fact, when the power goes out, they turn on the electric generator to light up the mosque.

For Islamic education affairs, Papuan Muslims are very excited. Parents expect their children to be good generations of Muslims in the future.

Some of them handed over children to be educated through the Kampung Ramadhan program initiated by the National Amil Zakat Institute (LAZNAS) Zakat Indonesia Initiative (IZI). No problem will go from hometown in a very long time, as long as it can be a dai-dai in the future to spread Islam in the land of Papua.

n the program of Kampung Ramadhan for 30 days, prepare various programs to fill the fasting time in the month of Ramadan such as Islamic Wawasan Review, Koran Learning, Pesantren Ramadhan Anak and Tarawih Prayers with Dai IZI (teacher). To support the lives of residents who are currently located in various villages in Sorong regency, IZI prepares hundreds of packages of basic foods to zakat fitrah and fidyah.

According to Sarima, one of the Kampung Ramadhan team in Sorong revealed that the majority of locals are livelihoods as sellers of firewood, reef-diggers, traditional fishermen and hired laborers. "There is not a huge amount of people's income here, 1.5 million they receive every month, but knowing that buying anything here is expensive because of the distance conditions, so very little, especially if they have a family," he said on Tuesday (22/5) .

For example, the father of Hamzah Honolulu. He asked the IZI to educate Hamzah firmly.

"I thank the IZI and the ustaz for educating my son. Because in this way the children and youth here will be awake his condition, not wild and pious, "he said.

The lack of dai (teachers) in Papua has made Muslims less involved in studying Islam. Hamzah's father claimed to be able to educate reading the Qur'an, but could not teach the meaning of the Qur'an. This is why he handed Hamzah to Kampung Ramadhan IZI.

What do the people of Papua above we can certainly make an example. How to glorify a guest with totality. Then get closer to the mosque and invite family to pray. And how to educate children to be useful people both religion and nation in the future.

And to note, this paper is not to derogate society from one another. But how, we as Muslims imitate the good behavior of other Muslim brothers.

Or even better than emulated. This is what the Qur'an teaches us. Competing in goodness.

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