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Cak Nur’s Friday Sermon Note (Illustration: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – Captured in this book is late Cak Nur’s sermon which crosses time. What’s the proof that his words cross time? Enjoy the compilation entitled 32 Khutbah Jum’at Cak Nur (Cak Nur’s 32 Friday Sermons) and feel it’s relevance to today’s situation.

The book captures the fun of sermons at Yayasan Waqaf Paramadina in late 90s. The readers imagination will be taken to a cozy study room lectured by a fun lecturer.

Taken daily life as its theme, the graduate of Chicago University felt like he is adapting to the audience. They are not only campus students, but also office workers, roustabouts, and other various professions who are doing Friday prayer there.

Without reading a text, the ex-chairman of PB HMI delivers his knowledge. The sermon’s topic is simple but fresh. Of course he doesn’t pick debatable theme famous of him: secularism, liberalism, and pluralism. Because maybe he knows very well that those themes doesn’t fit to be put up on a short Jumat prayer.

Usually a Jum’at sermon is general in nature, with repeatable argumentation. There’s nothing wrong with it. Cak Nur once said, piety messages had to always be spoken, even on daily basis like the beat of the heart. What set Cak Nur’s sermon with today’s Islamic missionaries is his reference’s depth and content variation.

His information completion is original and not cheap. For example, when talking about “Reconciling People with the Same Faith” (page 133), he doesn’t only cite Al Qur’an surah Al-Hujurat (49) verse 9: If two groups of believers fight each other, reconcile between them. More than that, he explains about history and muslim group after the Prophet Muhammad died.

There were three groups. First, the heir of Mecca aristocracy, Bani Umayyah, rich and expert in governing/politics. Second, populist/socialists group – very pious. They were connected with the Prophet’s close friends such as Ali bin Abi Thalib, Abu Dzar Al Ghifari, and Salman Al farisi. The third group is the moderate represented by Abu Bakar Shiddiq and Umar Bin Khaththab. They were mediators who owned perfect wisdom.

The three groups were quarrelling. Cak Nur wants to say that differences had been around long ago. Differences are Allah’s law. People must deal with it with cool head.


Book Details

Title              : Catatan Khutbah Jumat Cak Nur

Author           : Nurcholish Madjid

Publisher        : Noura Books, Jakarta

Edition           : First, April 2006

Thickness       : xvi + 409 pages

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