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Tracing the footsteps of a great ulema at Buya Hamka Museum

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Jakarta, IO – As a philosopher and great scholar, Prof. Dr. H. Abdul Karim Amrullah Datuk Indomo, popularly known as Buya Hamka has left many outstanding legacies that are not only known domestically but also internationally.

He was born in a house which has now become a museum on February 17, 1908 in Nagari Sungai Batang, Tanjung Raya, Agam, West Sumatra. Here visitors can learn about the struggles of the nationalist cleric during his lifetime.

However, this house was destroyed by the Japanese invader around 1943. About 57 years later, representatives of the Malaysian Islamic Youth Force (ABIM) came to West Sumatra looking for Hamka’s birthplace.

“They found the house where Buya Hamka was born and wanted to turn the house into a museum so that its historical value can be preserved,” said the museum caretaker Dasri, reported Kompas, Friday (28/4).

Hamka’s family allowed the house to be rebuilt in its original state. The museum was inaugurated in 2001 by then West Sumatra Governor H. Zainal Bakar, S.H.

According to Minang tradition, Buya Hamka was only allowed to live in the house for 10 years. Because, after turning 11, he had to leave the house and live in a surau (small mosque that is also often used as assembly house).

Read: Tracing Buya Hamka’s footsteps at Al Azhar Grand Mosque

After the independence until his death, Hamka continued to write prolificly in various media, including bulletins, magazines, books, and columns on Quran. Of the 118 books he wrote during his lifetime, around 28 titles can be seen among the collections at the museum. In addition to his works, there are also items of clothing, sticks, photographs and personal items collected from several regions.

To visit, visitors can go to Bukittinggi and pass the Kelok 44 (Kelok Ampek Puluh Ampek). The museum is adjacent to Lake Maninjau. The opening hours are from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. (bp)

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