An elderly santri waits for 'iftar' (fast-breaking meal) at the Payaman Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)

Mature Age Santri

BY : ANTARA PHOTO/ANIS EFIZUDIN

MAY 31, 2019

Every year in Ramadan, hundreds of elderly Muslims from all over Indonesia come to stay at the Payaman pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Magelang, Central Java, to deepen their study of Islam. The class has been offered every Ramadan since 1980. 

Only Muslims above 60 years old, both men and women, are allowed to join the class. With no children or teens present, these santri sepuh (mature age students) are left in peace to worship and study. 

Most of the santris are women. Only 40 out of the 300 students this year are men. They come from Kalimantan, Sumatra, Papua, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bogor.

The santris cook their own meals in a communal kitchen. Every student only has to pay Rp 50,000 ($3.5) for electricity and water.

Most of the santris' time is absorbed in the study of the Quran, which they have to read every day, and fiqih (Islamic law). 

A variety of lectures are availabe in the afternoon, including a class on sufism and another featuring an ustad reciting heroic tales of Prophet Muhammad. 

Each day ends with iftar (fast-breaking meal), followed by tarawih (Ramadan evening prayer), before the santris retire to their dorms.

A santri walks in Sepuh Islamic Boarding School dormitory complex in Payaman, Magelang, Central Java (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri in front of her dorm room in Payaman, Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Women santri pray together after the Dhuzur prayer at the Great Payaman Grand Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Female santris during an afternoon prayer at the Payaman Mosque. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri reads the Quran while waiting for iftar at Sepuh Islamic Boarding School, Payangan in Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Reading the Quran before iftar. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Every evening santri attend a fiqh lectures and tausiyah Ramadan after Ashar prayer in Sepuh Islamic Boarding School Complex at Payaman, Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A cleric delivers a fiqih (Islamic law) class. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri sleep while the other read Quran at Payaman Grand Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A quick siesta between classes. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri reads a fiqh book while waiting for iftar in Payaman Grand Mosque, Magelang, Central Java (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A fiqih textbook. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
They also interact with fellow santri during free time. Keeping friendship and silaturahim is a must in Islam (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
Waiting for iftar. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri walks near Payaman Grand Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. They carry out some activities outside the mosque such as interacting with local residents, cooking in communal kitchens and buying food around the mosque. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
An elderly santri on his way to the mosque. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A santri massaged his friend during their freetime in Payaman Grand Mosque, Magelang, Central Java. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)
A crunchy back crack before prayer. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)

 

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