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Jakarta Post

Reflecting on Wali Songo's understanding of pluralism

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 24 2008   /  12:23 pm

Wali Songo wrote in an old paper, Mertasinga, "About the path that you shall take, don't be exaggerated. Lead life with simplicity, don't be arrogant if you talk, and don't overact in front of other human beings. That is the true path. To meditate on the mountain or in the cave only creates vanity. True meditation is in the middle of the crowd. Be noble and forgive people who make mistakes. This is the only true path." That was a teaching of Syekh Attaulah to Sunan Gunung Jati. Gunung Jati was one of the "Wali Songo", or "nine saints", in the history of Islamic preaching in Java. This paper was translated by Amman N Wahjoe, who inherited this document from his father, handed down from generation to generation in his family. Wahjoe translated the paper, which used to be called babad -- originally written in Javanese and Sundanese, then tr...