BOGOR REGENCY - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and MPR Chairman Zulkifli Hasan laid the first stone for the construction of the Jami Jannatul Firdaus Mosque and inaugurated the Al-Quds Boarding House at Umar Bin Khattab Islamic Boarding School (UBK) Plus Bogor in Gunung Malang Village, Bogor, Wednesday, Wednesday (9/25/19).
Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called - used Arabic in his welcoming speech. He admitted that he had studied Arabic for ten months. "On this occasion, I want to make a speech in Arabic. Because I have been studying Arabic for ten months," he said.
In his speech, Emil advised the students, especially students of UBK Plus Bogor, not only to become experts in the Koran, but also to take charge of the field of information technology, especially in the industrial era 4.0.
"Our hope is that all of the (santri) pesantren Umar Bin Khattab Plus continue to be fertile fields for the growth of noble students," Emil said.
"Also, we hope that in this 4.0 era (the santri) will not only be champions in hafidz affairs but also the technology. I remember very well the advice of the late Mr. Habibie to us, if you want to survive the hereafter you must combine science and technology and Imtaq," he added.
Emil said, the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) was serious in handling inner affairs. This can be seen from a number of programs such as Satu Desa Satu Hafidz, Maghrib Mengaji, Fajr in Congregation, English for Ulama, Mesra Mesra, and One Pesantren One Product.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia Zulakifli Hasan said, one of the ideals of an independent Indonesia and a solid foundation of national and state life was to educate the life of the nation and state.
"And the intellectual life of the nation and state is an obligation, meaning an obligation mandated by the constitution. That is the state's obligation," said the man who is familiarly called Zulhas.
"Therefore, I hope (to the local government) that we will assist this Islamic boarding school, which has lofty ideals (educating the life of the nation and state)," he added.
UBK Plus Bogor boarding school has aspirations to give birth to the Koran generation and information technology experts. The main teaching activities at UBK Plus, namely Tahfidz Alquran, Information Technology, Broadcasting, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. In communicating, the students use English and Arabic.
Meanwhile, Al Quds hostel can accommodate up to 100 students and will be used for weekend boarding school activities. The UBK Plus Bogor boarding school targets students to improve their reading and memorization of the Koran.
Also attending the event were Middle Eastern scholars such as Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University of Madinah in the Islamic Boarding School of Shaykh Kholid Al-Tsubaity, Founders of the Koran Museum and Asmaul Husna Madinah Shaykh Tholal.