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In Memoriam: Zakiyah Daradjat: A caring mother for all Indonesians

  • Iman Mahditama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 17 2013   /  02:29 pm

Another bright, shining light of wisdom went out in Indonesia, as Islamic psychology expert Zakiyah Daradjat slipped away at Syarif Hidayatullah Hospital in Ciputat, Tangerang, on Tuesday morning.

She passed away at the age of 83, following complications attributed to illnesses developed in the last few weeks.

A true altruist who always put other people before herself, Zakiyah opened her arms to everyone who needed advice at her psychology clinic on Jl. Fatmawati, South Jakarta. Every afternoon for five days a weeks, she spent hours talking to her patients — mostly teenagers or parents who had problems with their kids.

She never put up the rates for her services and always welcomed patients, regardless of their social status, ethnicity or religion. She always left it to her patients to pay her an amount that would not burden them. She had even shared stories of rec...