Maftuh Basyuni

Jun 24th, 2008, in News, by

maftuh basyuniMaftuh Basyuni on irreligious young Indonesians, and the building of SE Asia’s biggest Quran learning centre.

Minister for Religion, Maftuh Basyuni, said recently that he very much misses the sound of young children reading the Quran after evening prayers:

When I was young [in Rembang, Central Java] every evening after Magrib prayers you could hear the sound of children reading the Quran aloud in every house.

These days however, not just in big cities but also in the villages, children no longer did this, but instead were too much interested in watching television.

When he asked his grandchildren to read from the Quran, in his own home, he said they couldn’t sit still for long enough and asked to be excused to go to the toilet.

Maftuh made these observations in a speech after having laid the foundation stone for the building of a new Quranic learning centre in Karang Bolong, Pandeglang, Banten, called “Ma’had Al Quran”, attached to the Pondok Pesantren Darul Muzari’in Al Islamiah. This new school was sorely needed, he said, to deal with the problem of young people losing interest in the Quran.

Maftuh says Karang Bolong, Pandeglang was chosen as the site for the school because the area is unpolluted by big city influences, both in terms of smog/atmosphere problems, and in the behaviour of the local people, who live a very Islamic way of life.

Another visitor at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Professor Doctor Muhammad Hassan Hitou from the Islam Studies Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, hoped that with the new Quran institute, which is planned to be the biggest in south-east Asia,: republika

Banten’s glory, bound up in Islam, will return.


11 Comments on “Maftuh Basyuni”

  1. avatar Kursi says:

    His worries seem more like a progress to me honestly

  2. avatar Berlian Biru says:

    Banten eh? West Java again.

    Anyone have any idea who’s behind the huge mosque currently under construction on Gatot Subroto road? That thing is going to be the Wal Mart of mosques, all the little mom n’ pop operations for miles around will be going out of business.

  3. avatar Lairedion says:

    No wonder these children lose interest in Islam as represented on TV. All they see are screaming and rioting fronts and laskars.

    I advise these children to keep on watching TV and not to listen to this minister.

  4. avatar Achmad Sudarsono says:

    Friend,

    I recommend playing the ukuele in the background to help the kiddies concentrate. Nice plunky little tunes like “Burung Kakaktua,” or “Show no mercy,” by Slayer.

  5. avatar sputjam says:

    When he asked his grandchildren to read from the Quran, in his own home, he said they couldn’t sit still for long enough and asked to be excused to go to the toilet.

    whats the point of reading something the reader cannot understand?
    The koran warns its readers of idol worshipping. But today’s muslim ignore the messages and inulge in pagan worship in mecca

  6. avatar Shloka says:

    @ sputjam,

    Just wondering, why such hostility to idol worshipping? It was the preferred mode of worship of cavemen and of the Copper Bronze Age , its been the mode of worship for millennia. If idol worship is indeed wrong, isn’t worshipping a non existent God like adultery with a non existent partner? Is God some kind of neurotic psychopath that He\She won’t forgive humans worshipping idols, or should He\She be kind enough to overlook it, and try to answer humans trying to communicate with Him\Her in whatever way?

  7. avatar dewaratugedeanom says:

    These days however, not just in big cities but also in the villages, children no longer did this, but instead were too much interested in watching television.

    When he asked his grandchildren to read from the Quran, in his own home, he said they couldn’t sit still for long enough and asked to be excused to go to the toilet.

    Alhamdulillah, there is still hope for Indonesia. China and India, watch out! Competition is on the way.

  8. avatar Shloka says:

    @ Dewa,

    S***! Then I wish Maftuh Basyuni the best then.

  9. avatar RADEN says:

    Minister for Religion, Maftuh BasyuniMinister for Religion, Maftuh Basyuni

    he is the largest muslim population ‘s minister of religion, if he doesn’t say that he will lose his job for sure. Want to know what the Phillipine’s minister of religion will say ? the same tone dude !

  10. avatar Bas says:

    Reading the Quran is just a big waste of time. Just like watching Indonesia’s TV channels.

    “When he asked his grandchildren to read from the Quran, in his own home, he said they couldn’t sit still for long enough and asked to be excused to go to the toilet.”

    Did he take the book with him? You know.. for the paper…

  11. avatar Zecky says:

    My Indonesian dad has pressed me to read the Qur’an since I was six. He forces me to attend Friday prayers.
    He also drinks beer in private and possesses a second wife without the first’s permission.

    Maybe Basyuni needs to sort out the hypocrisy in Indonesian society before attacking the “irreligious” youths. :S

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