Exploring Islamic Civilisation in Aceh, Indonesia
Date : 25 September 2019
Reported by : Izzuddin
Category : News
On the 23rd of August 2019, 31 volunteers comprising of students and lecturers from IIUM Kuantan Campus embarked on a journey to Banda Aceh, Indonesia to participate in a volunteering trip together with 20 delegate members of Masyarakat Peduli Sejarah Aceh (MAPESA). The program, Jelajah Tamadun Islam Aceh 2019, was spearheaded by 28 committee members from BRC Mahallah Fatimah Az-Zahra, co-organized by MRC Mahallah Khalid al-Walid, Kumpulan Latihan Kelanasiswa Malaysia and Professional Huffaz Club IIUM Kuantan.
The purpose of the trip is to appreciate and partake in an effort to conserve, preserve and embrace cultural heritage of islamic Aceh Sultanate relics by involving in a historical discovery alongside the Acehnese non-government organisation that concerns with islamic historical civilization. Three academia from the campus, made up of college principal, program advisor and fellow were also involved in the remarkable 4 day volunteering trip to the northwest Indonesia Province of Sumatra Island.
On the day of the arrival, the program kick-started with an intellectual discourse titled Seminar Dakwah and Tamadun Aceh-Pahang which took place at Aula Fakultas Adab dan Humaniora, UIN Ar-Raniry. Among the panel of speakers who were involved in the discussion, Drs Nurdin and Dr Manan, academia from the university itself and Dr Mohd Affendi from IIUM Kuantan Campus.
The volunteering participants then made their way to Kampung Ulee Tuy, Darul Imarah Bandar Aceh where tombstones believed belonging to the rulers during the era of Menteri Penghulu Fawas Maharaja Setia were situated. Here, the volunteers involved in a cleaning and excavating activity to search for missing tombstones that were buried in the village vicinity. The participants managed to experience the process of unearthing and conserving the ancient gravestones which have been presumably existed ever since the 16th century of the Aceh Sultanate.