Sunday, June 17, 2012

Salman Al Jugjawy, From Sheila on 7 to the Tabligh Congregation





The man seemed to enjoy the dish in front of him. Browned, thick, thick, uniform, with short pants, he sits on the corner at an Aceh restaurant for students on the outskirts of Jogja. Alone, without being accompanied by anyone. While other tables were filled by several teenagers and dating couples who were engrossed in chatting and devouring orders, while occasionally paying attention to the behavior of young men with those strange clothes.

He didn't seem to care about the people around him. After finishing the meal, he was busy squeezing a simple black cellphone. Maybe sending someone a text? Television which was a little noisy with the roar of "Vuvuzela" was an exciting match between Nigeria and Greece, he did not care for the slightest bit.


I sat right in front of the man. Melahap Aceh fish rice, while occasionally paying attention to his movements. I know exactly who he is. Because often he prayed at my dorm mosque. Once we also ate together, when the congregation preached from West Sumatra, stopped at my dorm. However, I was surprised by the people around him, who seemed indifferent.

Some of the paragraphs above are friend post entries Greedy. The man was named Salman Al Jugjawy.

Salman or Sakti?

A reporter Hidayah Magazine really happy when on the screen of the mobile phone the name Sakti appeared. From noon he was looking for someone named Sakti in the city of Bandung who was rather panicked, because the cellphone he was looking for could not be reached. The day before he said that he was in the Ujung Berung area of ​​Bandung, but after being visited it turned out he was gone.
"Assalamu'alaikum ... Sorry Mas, now I'm moving in Jami Al Ukhuwwah mosque complex Earth Panyileukan ...," his SMS sound.

Sakti was in tune with a da'wah and tarbiyah activity of an Islamic organization called Jamaah Tabligh for 40 days. The activity named Khuruj requires that the participants move from one region to another, from one mosque to another mosque, to preach and train themselves to worship sincerely to God. The day before Sakti was at Ujung Berung, but that day he had moved to Panyileukan which was not too far away.


Wearing a white robe striped, wearing a cap and black pants, he seemed to be doing his ablution with other worshipers. From a distance, Sakti looks thinner, but his face looks clean. A thick black beard that filled his chin and part of his cheek could not hide the face of his handsome young man.

After Ashar's prayer, Sakti appeared to shake hands with the imam of prayer, he then moved to the corner of the mosque taking a book Fadhilah Amal. A moment later, the man sat facing the congregation and began to read several hadiths from the book. Other congregations listen carefully. Milky sound sounds smooth even though the volume sounds soft.

Salman Al Jugjawy is the name of one of the former top band members in 1999. Sakti Ari Seno his real name later became Salman Al Jugjawy. When remembering Sakti once ruled the music scene in the country with Sheila on 7, the scene presented another feeling. Starting a music career through an album Sheila on 7 (1999), followed by two other albums that exploded on the market, Classic Story for the Future (2000) and The best gift I have ever had (2000). Sakti along with his four best friends, Erros, Duta, Adam and Anton, were important icons of the country music at that time.


In every corner of the country, Sheila On 7's songs are like Sephia, Make Me Your Girlfriend, And, The Most Beautiful Gift I Have Ever Hadi, and many others are heard and sung by anyone. Now the Sakti scenery, of course, presents a contrast because people know him better as a calm guitar player. His role being his own color on the stage accompanied Erros' attractive guitar playing on every Sheila show.

According to Sakti, every profession is legal, as long as everyone knows what God needs for him.
"It means to work as an artist, lecturer, doctor or whatever, as long as we know what God needs us, then we will be happy people in the world and the hereafter. Like the late Gito Rollies, he is an artist but also tries to understand what God needs for him . " said Sakti.


Sakti quotes light of guidance in the city of Adisucipto, Yogyakarta. At that time, he and Erros will fly to Malaysia to receive a music award in the neighboring country. While waiting for the plane, he entered a bookstore. Her eyes are punched in a book titled "Invites Sakaratul Death with the Messenger of Allah".
"It was the plane crash season. The heart became erratic, thinking about what the plane I was riding in fell and I died, how will it happen." He said remembering.

He bought the book and took it back when he returned. At home, his feelings were getting worse because he found his mother was sick because one of his lungs was shrinking. His mind became more attached to death after an aunt who came to see him brought a religious magazine that also spoke of death.


The series of events made Sakti feel that God was reminded of death, something he had never once thought of.

"We will all die. The problem is the time, we never know," he said quietly.
He seemed to realize that charity in the world really determines happiness in the hereafter. His mind was increasingly focused on death after the recitations that he followed he gained knowledge of how great the pain of the Hereafter, and vice versa how beautiful happiness there was.
"If all the misery in the world is gathered, whether it is severe illness, accident, broken hand, tsunami and so on, it is nothing compared to the lightest tribulations in the hereafter, like a speck of water in the ocean. the world is gathered, meaningless compared to the happiness that is in God's heaven, "he said seriously.

It became a motor in him to continue to study religion. He also began to know that charity is not only for self, but also for others. Therefore, he wants to totally enter into the mercy of God, so that all parts of him are included. Sakti likens it to getting into a car.

"It's impossible for our bodies to enter the car but our feet are left behind."
With all that strength, it is understandable why Sakti wanted to give up his position as a member of Sheila on 7, a position dreamed of by millions of young people in Indonesia. Being able to understand why Sakti wants to go around from mosque to mosque to preach.

The integrity of Islam that he is now pursuing as hard as possible is learning and worshiping. He had studied in a number of recitations from various Islamic schools. But his heart then felt compatible with the Tablighi Jamaah. His departure to Pakistan in 2006 to study religion, which was widely reported by the media as the reason for his departure from Sheila, turned out to be none other than pursuing that unity.

"I go to India, Pakistan and Baghdad, there I see how religion is truly carried out. From there I know there are neighboring rights in us, there are teachings of love for others." he said while telling how he met Muslims from all nations there.

Sakti was asked by an ustadz while in Pakistan. How do you feel if you see close people, family, etc. far from the religion of God? How does compassion have to be realized in this context? How is the mercy for all nature that is one tagline can this religion be played? How can the feeling of love of the Prophet to Allah transferred to his people be transferred to those around us? These questions are a distinct impression in his heart to be more firm on the path of da'wah.


The Path to God's Beloved

A close relationship with friends and fans made these two parties first understand the way of life taken by Sakti now. While the previous family was rather difficult to understand, but then could understand. From his fans, Sakti even received religious books sent specifically for him.

Until now, Sakti admitted that he was still in frequent contact with his friends at Sheila. On the Sheila gank mailing list owned by fans of Sheila, the name Sakti is also still often called. Even though the frequency of meetings has begun to diminish, Sakti admitted that he still adhered to one another with his friends who were both pioneering careers from Yogyakarta.

"In prayer, I always call friends so that they can be brought closer to God," he said.
several times Sakti was recorded as the guest star of Sheila's concert. Among them during the concert at a 1000 Guitar concert held in Yogyakarta last year. The event, which involved several well-known guitarists from the country including Ian Antono (God Bless), Eet Sjahranie (Edan) and Teguh (Coconut Treez), was also enlivened by Sakti who became a mysterious guest duet with Erros bringing Jimi Hendrix's Little Wings. Sakti appears by using Muslim clothes that have become her daily clothes.

Then how happy is Sakti now? He just smiled while saying tahmid. According to him, citing the words of a scholar he once heard, the more we know the beings, the more we know God, the more we know his perfection and whoever knows the perfection of God, then he will be calm and happy.

"I did not know where to lean if there was a problem, I also did not know what the purpose of this life was. But after being given the opportunity to get to know God more, we are aware that He is all Merciful, all answering every prayer, we know that he is the most appropriate leaning place ", he said definitely.

In life, according to him, humans pursue taste. When someone wants to have a car, then get it, he also wants to feel another car brand. Likewise in other matters. But if that feeling is directed entirely to God, then the calm and clarity is achieved.

"My friend said, it is like an antenna for television. If we correctly direct the antenna to the satellite, then the broadcast will be clear, and vice versa, if the direction is not correct then the image will be blurry. then our hearts will be clear, and if we turn away, the heart will become dirty, "he said again.

For Sakti, calm is the nature that is sought by all people in the world. There is no other way to reach it than to draw closer to God, because He is the source of happiness. And that approach must be proven by charity, it must be tasted by individuals who really want it.

To support his family, Sakti opened a minimarket and Laundry services. For him it was enough, even if compared to the money he earned during his time as an artist, it would not be much. His way of life at this time is a provision that he wants to always be istiqomah he lives.
"There will always be tests and frictions, but for me it is a way so that I will always be istiqomah. This is fate. If I used to hold guitars a lot now, so I often hold beads. he said with a smile.

There is no hope in his heart other than being able to continue to be closer to Him. Hope that was also ordered by a fan to him.


Fimadani/The Truth Seeker Media


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