Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala says in the Qoran,” And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me” (Adz-Dzariyat: 56). The word of Allah on “to worship Me” is to “knowing Me”.
That is the words of Masumeen a.s. and statements of Ulamas. Therefore we can recognize the difference between ordinary people and knowledgeable people. Especially the prime knowledge that been given to them. “Surely Allah raises those who believe from you and those who are given some degree of knowledge. “(al-Mujadalah: 8).
By imitating the character of Allah (SWT) who elevates the ranks of pious people, here I want to reveal at a glance about the figure of the late Hujjatul Islam wal Muslimin Hasantono Abu Ammar or more familiarly known as “Syeikh Abu Ammar” as far as our togetherness and the range of my knowledge about the aspects of his life for Islam which can be a lesson for all of us
Syeikh Hasantono Abu Ammar was born in the city of Bondwoso East Java, Indonesia on February 17, 1962, from a simple but religious family. During his childhood, he was with his parents named Mr. Aswi and Mrs. Sudarlis. He also has a sister named Ummy Salamah. Their love did not make him complacent. Therefore, after completing his elementary school education, he entered the engineering school ST majoring in machinery which then proceeded to STM majoring in electricity with the aim of wanting to immediately ease the burden on his parents.
In addition to being a responsible person, he is also a true truth seeker. This has been proven since his youth. Departing from the background of Nahdhatul Ulama (the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia), he began his search by entering the world of Sufi tyrannies, after deep enough he was intrigued by Salafi doctrines which showed that the penance which he had been diving with turned out to contain shirk. His passion for truth saved him from dependence on penance. He left the penance which he said contained the shirk and tried to explore Tawheed while becoming an activist of Al-Furqon Jember city, East Java, under the guidance of the late Ustadz Asmawi. And joined the Muslim Brotherhood’s actual activities, namely the unity of the Islamic ummah who did not look at the schools at that time under the guidance of Ustadz Husein al Habsyi.
After navigating the ocean of knowledge of the Ahlul Bait, he was dealing with problems that were not easy to solve, so the deceased was involved in fundamental thought sciences, especially theology and philosophy. After studying for more or less five years he published his first book entitled AKIDAH SYI’AH, THE SERIAL OF TAUHID, and some else books such as: “The Summary of Muslim Logic”, “Imam Mahdi According to Ahlusunnah”. He studies intensively each level he went through with extraordinary enthusiasm ranging from the science of Logic, Philosophy, Bidayatul Hikmah to Fususul Hikam. And he is one of the students, in particular, Ayatullah Jawadi Amoli in the Asfar class (Hikmatul Muta’aliyah).
After all his knowledge of science, he traveled, according to the initial plan he was going home to devote himself to the homeland. However, he was confronted with the fact of the emergency needs of the community to mujtahid in the field of practical sciences, especially Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh). Previously, he hoped that these needs could be met by other students in charge of the department. But due to various factors, and therefore those needs have not been fulfilled, and he should continue to study up to a Mujtahid Mutjazi level.
Based on the “principle of acting in accordance with taklif”, he is willing to postpone returning to pursue amaliah sciences while sharing knowledge through remote media. Relentless, day and night and with a deep longing he walked one by one the ladder of knowledge towards the mujtahid level. In the Usul Fiqh lessons he initially studied with Ayatullah Baqir Irawani but soon the teacher moved to Najaf then the deceased moved to Ayatullah Mahammad Sanad, soon he moved to Najaf after that from the Istishab chapter to the end he studied to Ayatullah Wahid Khurasani and from the first chapter to the Istishab chapter he studied in Ayatullah Khatami. And Jurisprudence argued he studied to Ayatullah Bahjat. After the Ayatollah Bahjat died the cleric studied with Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli until the end of your life. According to the deceased, at least a partial ijtihad (Mujtahid Mutajazi ‘) has been achieved. This means that he graduated from Bahtsul Kharij around 2005. And for a while, it was enough to cover part of the needs and emptiness of mujtahid in the country. Moreover, through his deep love of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini, therefore still made him want to remain in the ranks of his muqallid. Therefore, he did not go to the test for ijtihad mutlak (Ayatullah level).
The love of knowledge and the spirit of searching for truth never faded and kept burning in him. True love. Not only for himself, he even tried to hide that love in the hearts of other students and encourage them to study until they became experts or mujtahids. Sometimes he even motivated young students with financial incentives. That he did maybe on the basis of “Kallimin nasa‘ ala qodri ‘uqulihim” and their conditions which sometimes still feel burdensome. Not because money should be a motivation for studying. Not once or twice he prevented others from dropping out of the study in the middle of the road and overcoming the obstacles they faced.
Besides Islamic studying, he was very persistent in preaching and sharing knowledge. Since the eighties (1980’s), he has been bonding like a traveling physician. Not waiting for someone else to come. He himself went around visiting them in any area of the archipelago; cities, villages, remote areas, even to neighboring countries and Iran. Difficulties, lack of facilities, even the threat of the enemy could not prevent his preaching activities. The responsibility of an intensive study again at Hauzah Scientific Qom also did not make him stop preaching. He updates the propaganda media according to the times. Before plunging into cyberspace he fostered questions and answers via electronic media and was published into a monthly magazine called al-Murasalat. He facilitated himself with sophisticated IT devices that made it easy to remote his tabligh. Sometimes he fell asleep in front of the computer. And almost one of the rooms in his house, he turned into a sound and image recording studio. But for one or two reasons it is not possible.
Tabligh traveling around the virtual world is quite concerned about his sadness, which has not been able to tabligh around the real world because he has to take the level of ijtihad. Lots of people get instructions, lessons and questions and answers with him. At least, it can be known from about 600 followers of the lifestreaming procession of his corpse on Iran’s HPI Instagram.
Among his prominent characteristics in the process of learning, teaching, and preaching the truth is the firmness of view and the resilience of criticism. Whenever he sees an error or deviation, he expressly expresses the view that he thinks is correct to the parties concerned. Never mind criticism, insults and curses did not make his face red or upset. In fact, not infrequently he even prayed the culprit during the evening prayers.
Many educational agenda, tabli, culture, and social service that he planned for the country, even he has made real preparations for it. But he died to pick him up first. And how many pious and good people are quickly called by God.
“Innamal a’malu bin niyat”, said the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. May Allah accept all is good deeds and plans, forgive all his shortcomings and mistakes, gather him with al Haq and his saints who are always with the truth, endow him with the intercession of Sayidah Zahra (AS) and the holly Ahlul bait (AS), give endurance to his family and brothers, and realize his good plans through other pious people and his successors.
Nasir Dimyati and Zainab Said
Qom al-Muqaddasah, 01 Syaban 1439 H / 18 April 2018