A santri wears a kopiah or head cover at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Nurturing Islamic School Students of Eastern Indonesia

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 18, 2022

Bekasi. At the Bunut hamlet in Taman Sari, Bekasi, is an Islamic boarding school which goes by the name Nuu Waar Al Fatih Kaffah Nusantara, or AFKN.

The AFKN has 750 pupils wishing to learn more about Islam. And about 80 percent of these students —which Indonesians usually refer to as santri and santriwati for the girls— come from the eastern part of Indonesia, namely Papua, Maluku, and Sulawesi. 

But these santri and santriwati are not only deepening their understanding of Islam. They are also learning about solidarity and nationalism. Every afternoon, they gather at the mosque to read the Quran collectively once they finish their afternoon prayer. They get in groups to complete reciting the whole verses of the Quran. Placing the students in groups helps them learn about diversity. And this Ramadan, the AFKN students seek to complete the Quran  5,000 times.

AFKN accommodates all religious programs and levels of education from elementary to higher education. This boarding school is also tuition-free.

Islamic cleric Ustadz Fadlan Garamatan or "Ustadz Sabun Mandi" first founded AFKN in 2012, so that the young generation of eastern Indonesia possesses a more comprehensive knowledge, Islamic faith, and understanding of the Quran to build a better life for the nation.

A santriwati walk at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two female students take a walk at the Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri cooks a food for iftar at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri prepares the iftar meal at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris take bath before azhar prayer at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students take a bath before their Asr prayer at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri play rebana at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri plays the tambourine (rebana) at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris walk in front of mosque at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students step out of the mosque at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri wears Indonesian flag as a headband at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri wears an Indonesian flag headband at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri holds AlQuran at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri recites the Quran at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris perform azhar prayer at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Asr prayer at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santriwati riciting Koran at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Female students recite the Qur'an at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri play with his friend at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri goofs around with his friend at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri wants to adzan at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri wants to perform the Islamic call of prayer or azan at the Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Samsul Basri Bau, 14, a santri from Bintuni, Papua poses for the Jakarta Globe at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Samsul Basri Bau, 14, a santri from Bintuni, Papua poses for the Jakarta Globe at Nuu Waar Islamic Boarding School in Bekasi on April 13, 2022. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

SHARE

RECOMMENDED STORIES