Fitrah dan Daya Transformasi

Bogor 29 Mei 2020

Idul Fitri 1441 H di masa Pandemi Covid-19 memiliki makna khusus. Hal ini karena Pandemi Covid-19 akan menciptakan normal baru yang memerlukan daya adaptasi kita. Idul Fitri menjadi istimewa saat ini karena kemudian dikaitkan dengan relevansinya untuk memasuki tatanan hidup baru tersebut. Idul Fitri menghasilkan status “fitrah” atau kesucian pada diri kita, dan pertanyaannya adalah bagaimana status fitrah tersebut dapat menjadi modal untuk proses transformasi menuju dan mengisi normal baru?

 

Fitrah

Rasulullah Saw pernah bersabda, “Kamu harus bersikap sabar kepada orang yang membencimu, memaafkan orang yang berbuat zalim kepadamu, tetap memberi kepada orang yang memusuhimu dan juga menghubungi orang yang telah memutuskan silaturahmi denganmu"(HR. Thabrani). 

Hanya orang yang berhati suci dan bening yang bisa menuruti perintah Rasulullah tersebut. Siapa orang yang berhati suci tersebut? Yaitu orang yang berhasil mendapatkan fitrah atau kesucian selama bulan Ramadhan karena mendapat ampunan dari Allah Swt, kemudian mendapat dan memberi maaf sehingga bisa “restart” ulang hubungannya dengan sesama. Baca lebih lanjut

 

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Dimensi Individual dan Sosial Puasa

Bogor, 22 April 2020

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan. Bagaimana kita memaknai hikmah puasa Ramadhan secara multi dimensi? Setidaknya ada empat dimensi penting hasil menjalankan ibadah puasa Ramadhan baik pada level individual maupun sosial yaitu: (1) dimensi spiritual intelligence , (2) physical intelligence , (3) emotional intelligence , dan (4) social intelligence. 

PERTAMA, adalah dimensi spiritual intelligence , yang menekankan pentingnya hubungan ilahiah yang bersifat transendental. Landasan puasa Ramadhan adalah keimanan dan memang puasa diperintahkan hanya kepada orang-orang yang beriman sehingga bunyi QS Al Baqarah 183 adalah Yaa Ayyuhalladziina aamanu dan bukan yaa ayyuhal muslimun . Karena itu niat berpuasa pun mestinya berbasis pada keimanan. Sebagaimana Hadist Nabi yang mengatakan "Barangsiapa berpuasa karena iman dan ikhlas maka akan diampuni dosa2nya terdahulu". Baca Lebih Lanjut 

 

 

 


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Legacy

Bogor, 17 April 2020

Saat kita ditanya bekal apa yang sudah kita siapkan untuk menuju kematian? Maka kita akan mengatakan bahwa ibadah kepada Allah Swt secara intensif dan berkualitas akan menjadi bekal kita. Lalu apa lagi? Ternyata Rasulullah SAW dalam sebuah hadits sebagaimana diriwayatkan Abu Hurairah pernah mengatakan, "Ketika seseorang telah meninggal dunia, maka terputuslah amalnya kecuali 3 (perkara) : shadaqah jariyah, ilmu yang bermanfaat, dan doa anak saleh ". Disinilah kita baru mengenal ada dua dimensi bekal, yaitu bekal ibadah (vertikal) dan bekal muamalah (horisontal).

Bekal vertikal yang bersifat individual adalah produk dari hubungan dengan Allah (hablu minallah). Bekal horizontal yang bersifat sosial adalah produk hubungan dengan manusia (hablu minannaas). Hadits tersebut semakin memperkuat bahwa bekal horisontal pun juga penting, bahkan membuat bekal terus bertambah secara berkelanjutan (sustainable). Mengapa berkelanjutan? Karena bekal itu akan terus mengalir dan terakumulasi dengan bekal lain yang sudah kita bawa. Sampai kapan? Baca Lebih Lanjut

 

 

 

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Taman Kehidupan

Bogor, 11 April 2020

Ketika SMP saya pernah membaca buku kecil karya Abul A'la Al Maududi yang menceritakan tentang kematian. Buku itulah yang menginspirasi saya untuk menulis refleksi ringan ini.

Kehidupan adalah ibarat sebuah taman, yang berisi aneka tanaman dengan komposisi beragam, tergantung pada pencipta taman itu. Supaya taman terlihat indah, kadang ada tangkai yang harus dipotong. Kadang dedaunan juga harus dipangkas. Kadang ada tanaman berbunga yang harus dicabut. Mengapa tanaman berbunga indah harus dicabut sementara rumput tetap dibiarkan tumbuh ?

Kalau kita menjadi bunga, barangkali pertanyaan seperti itulah yang akan muncul. Sebagai bunga, kita tidak bisa melihat komposisi tanaman dalam taman itu. Sebagai rumput kita pun tak pernah tahu mengapa masih dipertahankan. Tentu hanya sang pencipta taman itu yang paling memahami komposisi terbaik. Sebuah komposisi terbaik tidak selalu disumbang oleh bunga. Ternyata dalam konteks sebuah komposisi, rumput pun bisa merupakan kontributor keindahan. Baca Lebih Lanjut

 

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Nikmat "Intangible"

Bogor, 8 April 2020

Saya teringat pesan ringan tentang syukur dalam sebuah kultum Ust Syafii Antonio usai sholat Subuh di Mesjid Andalusia setahun yang lalu. Kita bersyukur ketika mendapat rezeki yang banyak dan jabatan yang baik. Itulah kenikmatan dunia yang secara manusiawi kita inginkan. Harta dan tahta adalah nikmat "tangible", sebuah nikmat material yang nyata. Namun sudahkah kita selalu mensyukuri nikmat-nikmat lain yang "intangible"? Nikmat "intangible" adalah nikmat Allah yang sering kita anggap tidak nyata sehingga sering kita lupakan. Apakah kita selalu bersyukur diberi otak yang sehat sehingga daya ingat, kemampuan berpikir, dan fungsi perintah kepada seluruh organ tubuh berjalan baik? Ketika otak mengalami cedera amat sedikit saja akan bedampak sistemik. Peredaran darah yang lancar adalah anugerah yang luar biasa. Bayangkan kalau sedikit saja tersumbat, apa yang terjadi? Kita diberi nikmat mata untuk penglihatan. Kita diberi nikmat telinga untuk pendengaran. Kita diberi nikmat mulut untuk bicara dan juga menjadi pintu makan minum. Kita diberi hidung untuk penciuman. Itu semua adalah adalah kenikmatan yang tak ternilai harganya, namun seringkali kita menganggap biasa-biasa saja. Baca Lebih Lanjut

 

 

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Menjadi Proaktif

1 April 2020

Kepada seluruh Civitas akademika IPB, saya terus mendoakan agar kita semua selalu dalam kondisi sehat walafiat, dan kita semua menjadi bagian dari solusi atas masalah Covid-19 yang saat ini melanda dunia. Kita doakan saudara-saudara kita yang sedang kurang sehat segera sehat kembali, semoga krisis Covid-19 segera berlalu dan kita semua dapat mengambil hikmah dari semua ini. Kesehatan adalah modal biologis terpenting yang membuat kita bisa terus berkarya menjadi orang yang bermanfaat.

Saat ini kita memang dalam kondisi darurat sehingga terpaksa harus menjalankan Work From Home (WFH) IPB sejak 17 Maret 2020. WFH adalah suatu kebiasaan baru, dan saya menyampaikan apresiasi serta ucapan terima kasih kepada seluruh pimpinan unit kerja, dosen dan tendik yang terus menjalankan tugas mulia meski dari rumah. Khusus kepada petugas di bidang kesehatan, sistem informasi, keamanan, dan sarana prasarana, laboratorium, dan para tendik di beberapa unit kerja yang sebagian masih bertugas di dalam kampus patut kita apresiasi dan sampaikan terima kasih sebesar-besarnya. Sebagian masih menjalankan tugas di kampus agar keamanan kampus tetap terjaga dan memastikan fasilitas serta fungsi pelayanan berjalan dengan baik. Baca Lebih Lanjut

 

 

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Menghadapi Ketidakpastian

Bogor, 27 Maret 2020

Saat ini kita merasakan apa itu ketidakpastian. Covid-19 yang menjadi pandemik global benar-benar membuat penjuru dunia dihantui ketidakpastian. Kecemasan kolektif terus meningkat. Kita tidak mengetahui apa yang akan terjadi hari ini dan kejutan-kejutan lain di waktu mendatang. Ketidakpastian terjadi ketika kita tidak mampu memprediksi tindakan-tindakan kita. Tugas kita adalah membuat ketidakpastian menjadi kepastian. Kapasitas dan kapabilitas adalah kunci mentransformasi ketidakpastian menjadi kepastian. Ketidakpastian akan berlangsung lama di kala sesuatu itu baru dan kita tidak punya pengetahuan tentangnya.Sebaliknya ketidakpastian segera berlalu di kala kita memilliki pengetahuan dan kemampuan menghadapinya. Ini persis rumus menghadapi VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) yang harus diubah menjadi VUCA (Vision, Understanding, Clarity, Agility). Satu kata kunci menghadapi ketidakpastian adalah dengan "Understanding", yang tentu menuntut sejumlah informasi dan pengetahuan sehingga kita bisa memprediksi apa yang akan terjadi. Baca Lebih Lanjut

 

 

 

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Greetings for The Learners

Bogor, January 19 2020

I congratulate to the Lecturers of IPB to start their noble duty of lecturing on even semester on January 20 2020. Let us give more lecturing content not only delivering and explaining lecture, but also inspiring the students. Wiseman said, the great teacher is inspiring. Inspiring means wakening the spirit up on student to learn, think and do something for benefit. The more we inspire, the more student love the knowledge we deliver, and the more student love the lecture. Their love on our lecture is a door for them to become a powerful agile learner, as we need on new curriculum of IPB or K2020.
Becoming tough and agile learner is an important provision to face the change and the uncertainty. Only the learner mental that be adaptive to change. Science develops still and only tough learner that can follow science development and even become the decision making of science. Stephen Covey said, “keep sawing, but do not forget to sharpen it. Knowledge and skill we use can become blunt when volatility of change happens, except we still sharpen it. Sharpening is a sign of learner. Read More

 

 

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Academic Freedom And Democratic Transition

Bogor, December 27, 2019

Optimism in founding nation is a must because it will give positive energy in thinking and action. Optimism now start to stream and the momentum is on 2045 right after 100 years independence of Indonesia. It expected that Indonesia will become one of the global economic power by GDP USD 7.3 Trillion and per capita income USD 25 thousands.

We can not deny, today we are not in ideal condition yet. By many indicators, we are under ASEAN countries. On global innovation index Indonesia is on rank 85, compared to Singapore (8), Malaysia (35), Thailand (43), Vietnam (42), Philippines (54) and Brunei (71). In 2019, our global competitiveness index ranked on 50 in world and forth in ASEAN under Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Our global food security index ranked on 62 in world and fifth in ASEAN.

In the 2018 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), Indonesia scored 59.1, behind Ethiopia 68.5 which we used to know as a starvation area. Our Food Loss and Waste or FLW quite high. According to FAO, our FLW is around 300 kg / capita / year and is ranked number 2 in the world, after Saudi Arabia. FLW has become a worldwide concern because one third of world food production is lost and is wasted. Actually, by tackling this FLW, our food availability will increase.

Not to mention if we look at the IFPRI version of the global hunger index that our index score is 21 and the score of developed countries is less than 5. In 1992 our score was 35.8 and for 22 years until 2016 it fell by 12.9%, or averaged down 0.6 point per year. If there is no specific systematic and serious effort,with a decrease of 0.6 per year, it will take 27 years to be the same as developed countries. Of course we appreciate the government's step to overcome the problem of stunting, because stunting is an important variable in the global hunger index. If this problem is handled with extra hard work, the time needed for the equivalent of developed countries will be even faster.  Read More

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TWO YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION: Expectations and Execution

December, 15, 2019

Today, December 15, 2019, even two years I became the Rector of IPB. Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT gave the opportunity and strength to support this noble task. Thank you to the Leaders of IPB in previous periods which have provided a strong foundation for IPB to continue to innovate and develop. Thank you all the academics of IPB who sincerely serve and work hard for IPB to continue to excel. This innovation and achievement capital is important for IPB to continue to inspire, and become capital to run towards its vision.

Two years is indeed too short to meet all expectations. But two years is also long if the transformation has not yet been executed. Whatever two years have happened, let me reflect on the strengths and weaknesses.

The expert said, the leader's job is to show the way, show the way, and go the way. This is where the vision becomes a necessity because the vision will guide IPB to run. Being a techno-social entrepreneurial university is a long-term vision of IPB. Our task is to create a short-term vision as part of the realization of a long-term vision. Short-term vision must also respond to short-term issues. In short, we decided on a brief vision of IPB (2019-2023) wrapped in one word, namely * IPB 4.0 *. This did not exist in response to the new era of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) triggered by the industrial revolution 4.0 which had completely disrupted. There is only one choice of IPB: to disturb or be disturbed?

We decide to disturb. We have to become a change setter. Decisions must be taken quickly, because speed is now as important a variable as intelligence. Therefore the strategy and program must reflect the vision of IPB 4.0.

First, we have translated the vision of IPB 4.0 into a measurable and clearly agreed strategic plan between programs in a holistic strategy map. We must continue IPB Green, IPB Biz, and IPB Net to support IPIP Smart, which in turn can realize IPB Excel, IPB Edu, and IPB Lead, which have achieved IPB share discussed for IPB for the nation. Read More

 

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HERO

Hongkong, November 27, 2019

People say, there are people who are famous because of the media. There are also people who are great because of work. It can also be famous and large because both of them. We have commemorated Heroes' Day. Is the hero remembered for his popularity in the media or is it remembered for his work? The work does not only refer to tangible products. The work can refer to thoughts and actions. The work is called great if it brings change to progress. Heroes of independence have a great work of thoughts and actions in the context of the struggle for independence. There is a struggle through the mass movement whether armed or not, there is also an intellectual movement and economic movement. Now is no longer the era of the struggle for independence. Now is the era of gratitude for independence. Grateful for independence the best is with a historical work. Historical works will always inspire. What does this new era hero look like?

According to KBBI, a hero means a person who is respected for courage, or a person who is admired for his skills and achievements. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the hero is "a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities". Everyone can be a hero. The key is courage, extraordinary achievements and benefits for others. Read More

 

 

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DIVERSITY CAMPUS

Bogor October 26th , 2019

Happy Youth Pledge Day. This momentum is important to explore the values of the struggle of young people in the early 20th century. Their sincerity to take off regional clothes and ethnicity to unite to become Indonesia has an infinite value. Oath one blood, one nation and uphold the Indonesian language of unity. It's not an easy thing to be able to continue to care for unity amidst diversity like this for 91 years.

There was something interesting when comedian Ari Kriting came to IPB University and stressed that caring for diversity is not easy. Developed countries alone may not be able to do that. America until the 1960s was still racist. White exclusive rights do not belong to blacks or African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics.
Only after Martin Luther King Jr. burning 250 thousand people who gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 with his famous speech "I have a dream", then American racism began to fade. It reads something like this: "I dream that someday my four children will live in a country that does not judge someone based on their skin color but on their character". In Indonesia, national awareness with ethnic equality has grown since 1928. America only began to realize in the 1960s.

Encouraging an economic growth is not as difficult as encouraging a well-preserved ethnic diversity in unity. This is Indonesia's achievement even though economically it is not as advanced as it is but successfully taking care of diversity. Caring for diversity is caring for humans and this is actually a great civilization. Namely a civilization that glorifies human values. Only with high human values can caring for diversity be successful. Only with high humanity can tolerance be maintained. This is the great thing about Indonesia, where the people continue to humanize human beings that keep us united. We must be proud of the sincerity of all of us to continue to unite. Read More

 

 

 

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AGE, GRATITUDE, AND FOOT PRINT

Goettingen, 17 September 2019

 

All days are important. But today feels more important because it becomes a momentum to realize that by the increasing age, the opportunity in life is reduced. Therefore there is no other way but to make life more meaningful.

What is a meaningful life? Meaningful life means the increase of output and impact per unit of time in our lives. Impact to who? of course to the others and the universe. Meaningful life is life that is beneficial to others because of the words of the Prophet: khoirunnaas anfa'ahum linnaas, which means that the best of humans is ones who bring benefit for others. The song of "Anugerah" that I created a few years ago tells about it, about the contemplation of aging.

In order for life to be meaningful, then the rest of life must be filled by thankfulness by increasing footprints that have a greater impact wherever we are and in any position. If you are grateful, surely We will increase you (in favor) (QS Ibrahim 7).  Read More

 

 

 

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INSPIRATION, INNOVATION, AND INTEGRITY

1st September 2019  (Material delivered to Dies Natalis IPB, IPB University Dramaga Campus)

 

Congratulations on the 56th Anniversary of IPB today, September 1, 2019. We are grateful that our age has increased, of course, achievements must also increase. Every second of age is an opportunity to increase achievement. Our existence in the future is very dependent on the utilization of our second increase in time. Existence can grow linearly, it can also grow exponentially, but it can also "nyungsep". It all depends on the quality of our time utilization. If we consider time as an opportunity to grow, then there is no other way than day to day thinking and act smart to capture opportunities. Meanwhile, if we add time we consider as a burden, then there is anxiety every time. This is exactly what he was anxious about during the 2 × 15 minute extension of the football match because he was more afraid of conceding goals than optimism to actually add goals.

The existence of IPB until now has benefited from the people in it who utilize the added time very well and proactive attitude. If we study the journey of IPB so far since its establishment in 1963, there are three factors causing the success of IPB, namely INSPIRATION, INNOVATION, and INTEGRITY. Read More

 

 

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FASTING DIMENSIONS

Bogor, May 5th, 2019
(Material delivered to Tausiyah at Al Hurriyah Mosque, IPB University Dramaga Campus)

 

Marhaban Yaa Ramadhan.  How do we interpret the wisdom of fasting in multi dimensions?  At least there are four important dimensions of the results of doing Ramadan fasting at both individual and social levels, namely the dimensions of spiritual intelligence, physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence.

First, is the dimension of spiritual intelligence, which emphasizes the importance of a transcendental divine relationship.  The foundation of fasting is faith and indeed fasting is commanded only to those who believe so the sound of QS Al Baqarah 183 is "Yaa Ayyuhalladzi na aamanu" and not "yaa ayyuhal muslimun".  Therefore the intention of fasting should be based on faith.  As the Hadith of the Prophet said "Whoever fasts for faith and sincerity will be forgiven of his previous sins".  So faith is the main capital of fasting, and fasting is also intended to increase faith.  With fasting, the capital of faith will continue to grow.  The mechanism of increasing faith is reflected in the intensity of worship demands during the month of Ramadan: the multiplication of sunnah prayers, tadarus al quran, i'tikaf, and dzikir.  Read More

 

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Realizing IPB University as Techno-Socio Entrepreneurial University

April 2019 (IPB Branding)

The Long-Term Plan of the IPB university is the realization of IPB University as a Techno-Socio Entrepreneurial University. Through the new view of IPB 4.0 with the tagline Race in Excellence to Shape IPB Future and Program Emphasis in 2019, namely the Excellent Innovation Ecosystem, the direction of the development of IPB University is very much in line with the strategic issues we are facing today. There are two challenges that are our main concern at present. First, the global community is facing the problems of the food, energy, and environmental crisis, which then have a further impact on the quality of human life. Responding to this problem, the United Nations (UN) endorsed the global goals contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) which were prepared through the agreement of leaders of countries in the world. Read More