Actual Opinion

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Finding the True Ulema

Today, almost every house in the city has housemaid or household assistant. We may named them Suminah and Sarinah (not the true name), two sisters who wandered to Jakarta to become housemaid. Sarinah works at one of the house whose boss is grumpy, on the other hand Suminah works at one of the house whose boss stays in Hongkong and never come home to Jakarta.

Everyday they have chance to meet each other when they meet at vegetable seller at the road in front of their houses, both of them then tell their own story. Sarinah is feeling scary to her boss because he always watch her carefully everytime, so she shall not do any mistake. On the other hand, Suminah is feeling so free, because in her house she was never see her boss who stays in Hongkong. Even she was never see her boss since she works there.

That is an imagery and example of a profession of household assistant. Then, nowadays a title of ulema and ustadz are not regulated and no one control it. Everyone are free to have this title without anyone would observe or inhibit it. The impact of this is we will never know which one is the true ulema and which one is the inconsequent and fake ulema. Which one is the ulema like disciples of Rasulullah saw before and which one is the ulema like Syeikh Abdul Ghaffar (Dr. Snouck Hurgronje).

The following verse is how Allah swt define a true ulema as stated in the Qoran.

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ
“…Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, is ulema. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving.” (35:28)

As for today, there are many persons who had never meet and never recognize Allah swt, but they confess themselves as ulema. How come those people like that can have fear to Allah swt?

As for today, there are many Suminah who confess that they feel scary to their boss, eventhough that they had never met their boss and never recognize him, how come they can have fear to their boss?

Only the persons who positioned themselves as a servant of Allah swt, and they are close and recognizing Allah swt that will have fear truly. They are the true ulema, ulema who are recognized and acknowledged by Allah swt. Not only by people. (AK)