The Eleventh Year of Young Muslim Scholar UNIDA Gontor Accepted 66 Participants
UNIDA Gontor-In cooperation with the Indonesian Ulama Council (IUC), Modern Islamic Institution Darussalam Gontor University and Al-Falah Social Fund Foundation held Young Muslim Scholar Program (YMSP) in its 11th year. This program aims to prepare ulama/scholar’s cadre who can deal with the diverse challenges of Islamic thought. After passing the selection of language test, Qur’an and interviews, this year Young Muslim Scholar UNIDA Gontor accepted 66 participants consisting many delegates from; Regional Indonesia Ulama Council , Islamic institutions and organizations across the nation. Moreover, this year is the second year of the East Kalimantan provincial government in collaboration with East Kalimantan’s Indonesia Ulama Council. They sent 40 cadres, 22 females and 18 males, to join the program.
Furthermore, on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 08:00, at the Hall of UNIDA Gontor Hotel, all participants of YMSP followed the opening of the 11th YMSP. This event was opened by the Rector of UNIDA, Dr. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi, MA, and attended by: the Vice-Rector 2, Dr. Hamid Fahmy Zarkasyi, M.Ed., M.Phil.; Director of YMSP, Dr. Dihyatun Masqon, MA; Lecturers, Ir. H. Abdul Kadir Baraja; and Board of Al-Falah Social Fund Foundation.
On this occasion, Prof. Amal told about the the role and virtue of ulama/scholars, that as a scholar cadre must be ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘charitable’. The participants were expected to obtain “Ilmu Amaliyah” and “Amal Ilmiyah”.
“Nowadays Muslims deal with many challenges. Therefore, we must have good akhlaq of at least 5: akhlaq to Allah and Prophet, akhlaq to parents and teachers, akhlaq to environment, akhlaq among human beings and to ourselves”, said Ir. H. Abdul Kadir Baraja in his speech, at the opening of the 11th Young Muslim Scholar.
Furthermore, Ir. H. Abdul Kadir Baraja said, “There are three criteria of Muslims: first, those who pray and care; second, those who pray but do not care; third, those who do not pray and do not care. Our task is to make the second and third criteria get into the first criterion”.
This program would be conducted for six months. It focuses on three things: first, exploring the Islamic sciences to answer the challenges of Islamic thought like liberalism, secularism, religion pluralism, relativism, nihilism, and others from western culture. Second, understanding and exploring the methodology, ideology, and the key concepts of Western civilization which had immersed into the Muslim thought. Third, exploring ghazwul fikri techniques and methods in the form of journalism trainings, leadership, multimedia etc. [Wafi]