UNIDA Gontor – Tuesday Morning, August 15th 2017 was a very special day for University of Darussalam Gontor. For the first time in history, UNIDA Gontor held an annual ceremony of Khutbatu-l- ‘Arsy orientation week in Main Campus, Siman. All the academic civitas covering Rector, academic staffs, and all students were involved in this year’s Khutbatu-l- ‘Arsy.
Serving as the ceremony inspector was the Head of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution, K.H. Hasan Abdullah Sahal. He delivered some messages and advices, one of which is that there is no absolute authority but Allah SWT. With the motto “Gontor Educates People’s Lives, United to Build the Nation”, the annual ceremony of UNIDA Gontor ran smoothly and solemnly. All participants listened and paid attention towards the leader’s speech.
This anuual ceremony was also attended by Waqf Boards members of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution Drs. K.H. Akrim Mariyat, Dipl.A.Ed., Supreme Leaders of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution K.H. Hasan Abdullah Sahal, K.H. Syamsul Hadi Abdan, Rector of UNIDA Gontor Prof. Dr. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi, M.A., and representatives of branches’ caregivers of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institutions, all students of UNIDA Gontor at Siman Campus, female students of Mantingan Campus, students of Kediri Campus, and students of Magelang Campus.
This year, Khutbatu-l- ‘Arsy’s euphoria was started with performances and creative works from UNIDA Gontor students such as: march, Ponorogo Reyog Dance, Maulo Dance from Southeast Sulawesi, Nusantara Dance, Gema Nada Darussalam Marching Band (MBGND), PERSIMADA or Association of Silat (Martial Arts) of UNIDA Gontor, Campursari, Dimensi Band, UNIDA Taekwondo Club, and UNIDA Archery Club.
The first and second Public Lecture sessions were held at the 4th floor of Main Hall. The Public Lecture was led by the Head of Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution K.H. Hasan Abdullah Sahal. He delivered a speech on understanding and instilling “kepondokmodernan” values.
Meanwhile, Rector of UNIDA Gontor Prof. Dr. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi stated, “We must have a quality principle without leaving formality. We also have to be able to excel in both academic and non-academic activities. It can be proven by today’s fabulous performances”. He delivered the speech during the first session of Public Lecture.