Jakarta, wapresri.go.id –National literacy has a long history since a time long ago. Many writings have been produced in various forms by the ancestors. It is hoped that this cultural wealth can be passed on to the younger generation. For this reason, studying the values in

The NGARIKSA show “Ngaji Nusantara Manuskrip Kuno”, which was initiated by the Professor of Philology, Faculty of Adab and Humanities, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Prof. Dr. Oman Fathurahman (Kang Oman) is an activity to examine the Indonesian traditional literature which is broadcasted online through social media.

“The NGARIKSA show is a new breakthrough in the digital era that proves to us that ancient manuscripts can be studied with fun, even enjoyable by millennials,” said Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin in his virtual testimony, for the 75th broadcast of NGARIKSA, Friday night (09/09/2022).

The Vice President appreciated the show that has now completed the reading of the Zubdatul Asrar manuscript written by a great 17th-century Nusantara scholar, Sheikh Yusuf al-Taj al-Makassari from Gowa, South Sulawesi. According to him, this figure was very instrumental in fighting for the independence of Indonesia.

“Syekh Yusuf al-Taj al-Makassari devoted his life to helping Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa in the Sultanate of Banten against Dutch colonialism. His sacrifice for the Sultanate of Banten resulted in him being exiled to Sri Lanka, and then to South Africa until the end of his life,” explained the Vice President.

The Vice President added that the Zubdatul Asrar was a tribute to the glory of the ruler of the Sultanate of Banten at that time, namely Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa and became a value of mutual respect that should be imitated by the people nowadays.

“For the Banten people, in particular, this book is very important. This is a reflection of how long ago, ulama and umara have respected each other, advised each other, and worked together for the sake of their people,” he said

The Vice President also hopes that this kind of activity should be continued, reviewing more works of Indonesian intellectuals so that the inherited values can continue to live in modern society.

“I also hope that Kang Oman will continue to run NGARIKSA, providing education to the public through reading the national ancient manuscripts, especially the abundant turats of Nusantara scholars,” he concluded.

Previously in her testimony, Professor of Arabic Literature and Philology Nabilah Lubis said that the manuscripts in Zubdatul Asrar are very important and interesting to study because their contents are relevant in modern life.

“This Zubdatul Asrar, there are so many things we need now, namely the morals of how we get closer to Allah SWT, carry out worship, love us to the Rasul, that is taught in Zubdatul Asrar. Therefore this [study] seems to bring Zubdatul Asrar to life in the midst of us,” he said. (SM/LHS-BPMI, Setwapres)