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Sekuntum Rosela Pelipur Lara: Catatan dan Renungan dari Penjara
Abu Umar Jundul Haq Imam Samudra
2nd Ed. 2009
188 pages + 2 photo pages
Ar-Rahmah Media

By Irfan Nugroho
Several years after Bali Bombing, many are still in doubt and
questioning the jihad conducted by either Amrozi, Mukhlas, or Imam
Samudra. Not only the doubt comes out of those anti-Islam people, but
also from the Muslim community indeed. And if there is one of you the
one who is still in doubt about their Jihad, Sekuntum Rosela Pelipur Lara, written by Ust. Imam Samudra is one last detail answer.

Sekuntum Rosela Pelipur Lara
is a book part of a bundle Goresan Pena Trio Mujahid published by
Ar-Rahmah Media publisher. It was written by Ust. Imam Samudra, who was
well known as the cyber Mujahid.

The book was
released firstly in January 2009, and now has been republished in March
2009. This is the best-selling book because undoubtedly, many are
curious of knowing and scrutinizing the Jihad of the trio Mujahid
(Amrozi, Mukhlas, and Imam Samudra) as they were sentenced to death by
the government of Indonesia.

The book is the
answer to those questioning their Jihad. Likewise, this book details the
misleading understanding of Islam upheld by Muslim groups claiming
themselves “Salafy.”

Salafy is actually a
term for one Muslim community that upholds the right understanding of
Islam as well as follows the true paths of Islam based on the teaching
of Muhammad and the early best generation of Islam. However, there are
groups outside there claiming more “salafy” than the others. In fact,
according to Imam Samudra (page 150), those calling themselves more
“salafy” is actually following the principles of Murji’ah, and therefore
they are best called “Khalafy” instead of “Salafy.”

This group, Murji’ah
or Khalafy, do usually judge the excluding Muslim groups as “wrong
groups,” “khawarij,” or another bad term as they want. Consequently,
this group calls the trio Mujahid as “khawarij,” “dog of hell,” and
other insults. In fact, many true Islamic scholars have agreed that
Murji’ah is almost the same as Khawarij; that of misleading Muslim
groups (see page 111).

The most
eye-catching principle of Murji’ah is that a Muslim – member of Murji’ah
group – may conduct all evil deeds as long as they have declared
shahadah, stating that they have entered Islam by saying that they
believe in Allah, and Muhammad is the prophet.

Sure, this is a big
wrong understanding in Islam. Soon a person declared himself a Muslim,
he/she must do all the things suggested by Islamic teachings, and
prevent himself from any evil deed prohibited by Islam. The Murji’ah, on
the contrary, let a Muslim do all evil deeds as long as he/she still
believes in Allah and Muhammad as the prophet.

In the true Islamic
teachings, implementing human-made law instead of Islamic law is totally
wrong. Many Islamic scholars have agreed on this. However, the Murji’ah
allows Muslim people to use human-made law instead of Islamic law.
Consequently, it appears that the Murji’ah is the adhere supporter of
government implementing human-made law instead of Islamic law.

The Murji’ah judge
every single group standing against the government as “kafir,”
“khawarij,” or “dog of hell.” In Indonesia, this group will always back
all the government’s policy that tends to discriminate the rights of
Muslim people. As well, this group greatly supported the death sentence
to the Trio Mujahid, who were keen to uphold the Islamic teachings based
on the understanding of Muhammad and the early best generation of

In more single
words, this group will always be on the contrary to the Muslim community
upholding the true understanding of Islam. The Murji’ah calls the other
Muslim groups excluding Murji’ah (even though those Muslim groups
uphold the right understanding of Islam) as “kafir.” In fact, they are
the real kafir.

The existence of
Murji’ah, according to Imam Samudra is too much dangerous for the Muslim
groups that are keen to follow the right understanding of Islam (page
113). That is why; he elaborated the difference of Murji’ah and the real
“salafy” in many parts of this book. Indeed, the Murji’ah’s
understanding has spread widely in Indonesia and many other Muslim
populous countries.

book was written in a very good rhetoric way. Likewise, this book was
written in a flowing writing style. This book is more Islamic academic
than then two other books packed on Goresan Pena Trio Mujahid, such as Mimpi Suci dibalik Jeruji and Senyuman Terakhir Sang Mujahid. This book used many reputable references from many outstanding Islamic scholars who upheld the right understanding of Islam.

As you read the entire book, you might ask yourself, “Imam Samudra might
probably true, but why I keep believe in this?” Yes, this book begins
with the reason why the Jihad must be uplifted in Indonesia. Some
answers you will find in this chapter, and some remaining reasons are in
the last chapter.

Finally, this is the last answers from Imam Samudra to those questioning
his Jihad in Indonesia. This is also the last work of him because he
now has met his syahid (insyallah) as the bullet of government sticking
his heart. Enjoy reading this book…!