Rindu – Tere Liye

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

“Cara terbaik menghadapi masa lalu adalah dengan dihadapi. Berdiri gagah. Mulailah dengan damai menerima masa lalumu.”

Rindu

Review in English:

Related to current political weather in Indonesia, I would like to review a novel with deep religious value in it, and of course it is coming from our most-productive-author, Tere Liye! Yeay!

So this book is incredibly unique, and I have not read another book like it, telling a story of Hajj journey, back when it takes almost a month just to reach Mecca by ship. This is an Indonesian novel, and it would provide you with good insight on Islam’s views, and of course, the favorite aspect of Tere Liye, true love.

This novel is incredibly sweet and heart-warming, reminding you the true values of Islam (which is NOT anarchy or violence), while restoring faith in humanity. Even though this is fictional, Tere Liye has succeeded in injecting peace in his readers’ heart, as he promoted this particular thing: “everything will be resolved in the best way it would be”. Moreover, since there are a lot of characters with different backgrounds in the story, the readers will easily be hooked and felt connection with the character who gave great portrayal of Indonesians’ common issues.

Here’s the sneak peak:

From the moment Daeng Andipati aboard the ship with his wife and two daughters, he’s prepared to do a meaningful journey to The Holy Mecca. He also realizes that the voyage would be harsh and long. What he didn’t expect was to meet an amazing pious man who would help him in answering his long-suppressed-question that has been haunting his life. Furthermore, there are many people there with different stories, yet all haunted by their own questions and past. Turns out, the journey already starts purifying their souls even before they step on Mecca.

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 Resensi dalam Bahasa:

Berkaitan dengan isu agama (terutama Islam) yang sedang sangat marak di tahun ini, aku ingin mengupas salah satu buku dari pengarang Indonesia yang menjunjung nilai agama Islam dalam setiap bukunya, yaitu Tere Liye.

Buku Tere Liye yang berjudul ‘Rindu’ mengangkat topik yang sangat unik, yaitu tentang perjalanan ibadah yang sangat diidam-idamkan semua umat Islam, Haji. Namun latar yang digunakannya adalah tahun 1938, di mana perjalanan haji pada umumnya tidak menggunakan pesawat, melainkan menggunakan kapal, dan memakan waktu hampir sebulan untuk mencapai kota Mekah.

Novel ini sangat menenteramkan hati, sekaligus juga mengingatkan kita tentang nilai-nilai asli dari agama Islam yang sebenarnya. Tere Liye sukses menanamkan kedamaian dalam hati pembacanya, mengingatkan lagi dan lagi bahwa “Apa pun yang telah atau akan terjadi adalah yang terbaik”. Selain itu, Tere Liye menempatkan beberapa tokoh utama, yang masing-masingnya memiliki problematika sendiri-sendiri, mewakili begitu banyak kasus yang umum terjadi dalam hidup manusia.

Berikut cuplikannya:

Daeng Andipati menaiki kapal Blitar Holland dengan komitmen untuk menjalani ibadah Haji dengan sungguh-sungguh, beserta istri dan 2 anak perempuannya. Namun yang tidak ia sangka adalah pertemuannya dengan tokoh agama yang berpengaruh di kapal tersebut, dan peristiwa-peristiwa yang mengikuti. Ia pun tak menyangka, bahkan sebelum ia menginjak tanah suci, ia akan dibantu untuk menyelesaikan konflik batinnya yang telah lama terpendam, begitu juga dengan beberapa orang lain di kapal itu yang memiliki masa lalu kelam. Perjalanan mereka telah dimulai, dan begitu juga proses mereka mencapai kedamaian hati.

 

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Have A Little Faith – Mitch Albom

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

“As is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor. Actually, I was being given one”

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Hi!! Happy New Year! Okay, I know it’s already too late, but originally, I wrote this to the intention of welcoming the new year hahahahahaa!

Review in English:

Before I told you about this particular book, let me get you a bit of my back story of reading this book.

Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors. I jumped at first chance to buy his new book (or at least saving my money as fast as I can to buy his book). However, Have A Little Faith is his last book that I read and bought (compared to his other books), despite it was published in 2009. I picked it up so many times at the bookstore, only to put it back and turned to other books. Why?

Simple. Because it was about religion and faith. Moreover, not my religion. And it was a true story. I was afraid.

I was afraid it will drift me off from my own religion, Islam, and change my believe into other religion. I always thought “I’ll read this when my faith is stronger, so I wouldn’t get persuaded or anything.

As soon as I read it, you know what? I regret not reading it sooner.

It doesn’t matter, what your religion is. Have A Little Faith is not telling you to switch your religions or telling you what the best religion is. It doesn’t talk about that.

It talks about normal life, of a normal man, the reason why someone chose to dedicate his life for God, and what he thought of God and his religion. This is the story of kindness. A story about faith, and how all religion wants you to do and be good.

Have A Little Faith is telling you about 2 different men, from different religion, that you usually call a pious man. Mitch Albom himself, who at the times were not in a very religious state, rather ignorant about those kinds of things, are being requested to do these men’s eulogy. And by accepting it, he gets to know them, as a man.

As Mitch Albom said, “Picture the most pious man you know. Your priest. Your pastor. Your rabbi. Your imam.” And by reading this, you may feel like you got the chance to talk to them privately. Have A Little Faith, may be able to restore your faith. Because it did for me, as a Muslim.

A little note, though. In my opinion, reading this book requires one condition, and that is not to read it while hating some other religion. Try to open your heart, and read it as it is.

Resensi dalam Bahasa Indonesia:

Sebelum kita bicara tentang buku berikut, aku ingin menceritakan sedikit pengalaman pribadiku dalam membaca buku ini.

Pernahkah kamu membaca buku yang sangat menyentuh? Mengingatkanmu atas suatu hal yang penting, tapi mungkin terlupakan? Untukku, itulah buku-buku yang ditulis oleh Mitch Albom. Setiap bukunya mengingatkan nilai-nilai hidup yang seringkali terlupakan.

Tapi, buku Have A Little Faith adalah buku Mitch Albom yang terakhir aku baca, walaupun berulang kali kuambil dari rak buku di toko, pada akhirnya hanya untuk kuletakkan lagi. Alasannya sederhana, walaupun juga sedikit rumit.

Agama. Have A Little Faith mengulas tentang agama dan iman. Buku ini bercerita tentang 2 pemuka agama yang berbeda, yang berbagi banyak kenangan dengan Mitch Albom sendiri. Sebagai seorang pemeluk agama Islam, aku cukup takut, bahwa buku ini akan membujuk atau menggoyahkan imanku terhadap agamaku. Tapi ternyata, justru kebalikannya.

Have A Little Faith memberi wawasan tentang 2 orang pemuka agama yang berbeda, dan alasan mereka menjalani hidup yang mereka pilih. Mengapa seseorang bisa begitu yakin terhadap Tuhannya, mengapa seseorang bisa begitu sabar tetap kukuh pada agamanya di tengah dunia yang semakin semrawut.

Banyak pertanyaan-pertanyaan fundamental tentang konsep iman dan keagamaan yang akan terjawab dengan membaca buku ini, dan tidak peduli apa agamamu. Dengan membaca buku ini, kita dibuat menyadari, bahwa semua agama mengajarkan kebaikan, dan betapa indahnya toleransi dan hidup berdampingan.

Sedikit catatan, untuk membaca buku ini, ada satu syarat yang harus dipenuhi: tidak membenci agama mana pun. Membaca buku ini membutuhkan kelapangan hati, dan cobalah membaca sebagaimana adanya, tanpa rasa permusuhan terhadap suatu agama lain atau lebih.