|Ust Fadhlan 'Dai Sabun' Delivers Religious Advice in UII Mosque|
|Saturday, 28 April 2012|
After Friday Prayer, Takmir (management) of Ulil Albab Mosque along with Directorate of Islamic Education and Development (DPPAI) UII featured Ustadz Fadlan Garamatan from Papua to deliver religious advice, on Friday (4/27). Also attending in this occasion were UII Vice Rector I, Nandang Sutrisno, SH, LLM, M. Hum, Ph.D., Director of DPPAI, dr. Agus Taufiqurrahman, MKes, and his staff as well as entire of congregation prayer.
In his speech, Vice Rector I Nandang Sutrisno, SH, LLM, M. Hum, Ph.D. warmly welcomed Ust. Fadlan. According to him, the visit of Ustadz Fadhlan to UII that aimed at sharing his experience in preaching at Papua would provide enlightenment toward congregation prayer. “The experience of Ustadz Fadlan in spreading dakwah activity proves that Islamic dakwah activity can be performed by anyone at anywhere, any time, and any circumstances. Hopefully, religious advice from Ust. Fadlan can give us the spirit to promote dakwah activity." Vice Rector I emphasized.
In his explanation, M. Zaaf Fadzlan Rabbani Al Garamatan who is famously called as Ust. Fadlan shared his experience when spread out Islamic Dakwah activity in eastern Indonesia, Papua. The majority of Papuans who live in rural area became a challenge for Ustadz Garamatan in doing Dakwah activity. He had unique ways in spreading out his preaching, he taught Papuans how to take a bath using soap and shampoo.
He strongly disagreed if Papuans are neglected and intentionally left uneducated. They are naked and seldom to take a bath. "I can not stay calm with this condition. If we neglect and ignore Papuan’s condition, it means that we ignore human rights" he said.
Therefore, when delivering his preaching at the first time at Waliem Wamena, He who was alumnae of Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar, uphold the concept of cleanliness as a part of Muslim faith. Fadlan began to teach Papuans chieftain how to take a bath. "The chieftain said to me that take a bath using water and soap, make him feel very comfortable and smell good" he said.
In delivering his preaching, ust.Fadlan used unique method. He entered the juggle in Papua to teach Papuans how to keep personal hygiene and have a dialogue with remote Papuan tribes. Moreover, Ust.Fadlan always pray anywhere even in remote area. For 19 years delivered his sermon, Ust.Fadlan succeeded to urge Papuans convert to Islam. Reportedly, 45% of native residents convert to Islam or approximately 65% of total population in Papua.