Jakarta, IO – Patron of Prabowo Subianto Volunteer Presidium (PRPS) Hashim S. Djojohadikusumo visited Suryabuana Islamic Boarding School in Magelang in June to celebrate the Islamic New Year on 1 Muharram 1445 H and maintain a friendly ties.
The annual celebration was made even more special this year as reflected in the theme “Islamic New Year and Indonesian Awakening”. The Muharram celebration also coincides with the 24th anniversary of the Suryabuana Islamic Boarding School.
Hashim S. Djojohadikusumo said he was very happy with the theme which reflects the spirit of nationalism. “In my opinion, the rise of Indonesia goes hand-in-hand with the rise of Pancasila, which is the unique path only owned by the Indonesian people that will lead this country to achieve its greatness,” said Hashim. “On this occasion, I would like to convey a message and greetings from my brother Prabowo Subianto to the kyai and religious leaders to always preserve the spirit of nationalism by always maintaining communal harmony and peace.”
The Islamic New Year features the tradition of one Suro night which marks the beginning of the year in the Javanese calendar. It is a tradition that grows and develops among the Javanese people. The Javanese people view Suro as both a good month and a month full of dangers, hence the need for cleansing rituals.
The elder and founder of the Suryabuana Islamic boarding school, Kanjeng Syeh Sirrulloh, is the son of Said bin Muhtar and son-in-law of Kyai Ahmad, who learned zikir from Pangersa Abah Anom (Surillaya Islamic Boarding School in Tasikmalaya) and helped Kanjeng Syeh Sirrulloh grow the Qadiriyyah Wa Naqsyabandiyyah Society.
“We celebrate Muharram at the Islamic boarding school as a moment to commemorate the arrival of Islam in Java. We package this moment with national nuances, so there are many implicit and explicit meanings that we are grateful for. Last night there were 24 “korda” from the Islamic boarding school conducting Mujahadah (striving) to pray for the smooth running of the event and the safety of the nation. This morning at 8am the planting of red and white flag was held simultaneously at Gunung Balak by each leader of the Suryabuana regional corps,” said Kanjeng Syeh Sirrulloh. He also conveyed to thousands of congregants that their raison d’etre is to protect the great country of Indonesia. Thus, a strong, courageous and nationalist leader like presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is needed by the nation.
Meiky Parwanti, the founder of PRPS and chair of the volunteer organization Pandu Garuda Merah Putih (PGMP) expressed her joy and pride on the realization of the meeting between Hashim S. Djojohadikusumo and Kanjeng Syeh Sirrulloh. “Mr. Hashim’s second visit to the Suryabuana Islamic boarding school proves his strong ties, care and support for Suryabuana. We hope that PRPS can continue to serve as a bridge between the Islamic boarding school and Mr. Prabowo Subianto’s family so that communication can run smoothly and we can synergize in the movement,” said Meiky.
“As one of the most sacred months of the year in Islam, we feel very happy to be able to celebrate Muharram with brothers at the Suryabuana Islamic boarding school. Hearing Mr. Hashim’s remarks and Kanjeng Syeh Sirrulloh’s speech was very uplifting and added to our enthusiasm as volunteers to continue familiarizing Mr. Prabowo’s vision and mission as a future national leader,” explained PRPS coordinator and advisor Mitra Vinda.
At this event, Police Commissioner General (Retd) Mochamad Iriawan, affectionately known as Iwan Bule, who currently serves as deputy chairman of Gerindra Party’s board of patrons, was also present.
Currently, PRPS has gathered more than 20 volunteer groups from all over Indonesia and in the future it is hoped that more will join. (des)