Legacy

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).

Taman Kehidupan

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 ?

Nikmat 'Intangible'

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.

Menjadi Proaktif

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.

Facing Uncertainty

Today we feel what uncertainty is. Covid-19, which became a global pandemic, really made the around the world haunted by uncertainty. Collective anxiety continues to increase. We do not know what will happen today and other surprises in the future. Uncertainty occurs when we are unable to predict our actions. Our job is to make uncertainty certainty. Capacity and capability are the key to transforming uncertainty into certainty. Uncertainty will last a long time when something is new and we have no knowledge about it. Instead, uncertainty will soon pass when we have the knowledge and ability to deal with it. This is exactly the formula for dealing with VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) which must be changed to VUCA (Vision, Understanding, Clarity, Agility). One key word to deal with uncertainty is "Understanding", which naturally demands a certain amount of information and knowledge so that we can predict what will happen.

Greetings for The Learners

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.

Academic Freedom And Democratic Transition

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.

TWO YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION: Expectations and Execution

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.

HERO

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?

DIVERSITY CAMPUS

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.