BANDUNG, unpas.ac.id –Recently, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FSIP) Universitas Pasundan held a Batch 2 of Islamic and Sundanese Philosophy Course (ISPC). This event is one of Unpas’ efforts to implement its vision and mission in glorifying Islam and preserving Sundanese culture.
Head of UPT Vision and Mission of Unpas FISIP, Iwan Ridwan Zaelani said that the acculturation and assimilation between Sundanese culture and Islamic teachings had formed its own colours and characteristics of the diversity of Sundanese people.
Islam is very influential on Sundanese traditions and culture, because since the 15th century, Sundanese people have always placed religious values in a central position, in almost all aspects of their lives.
“The existence of Islam in Tatar Sunda is like gula jeung peueutna (lit. sugar with its palm oil, inseparable). Islam is in line with Sundanese people’ local genius. It is much easier for Islam to interact with the existing systems and values at that time,” he said.
The course scheme tries to offer the basic understanding regarding the vision and mission of Sundanese people as a servant of Allah SWT. This is often echoed through the saying ‘mulih ka jati, mulang ka asal, congo nyurup dina puhu’ (lit. created by Allah, will return to Allah).
“Hopefully it could entirely be applied in daily life noble attitude, both as individuals of Sundanese ethnicity, Indonesian and citizens of the world who always expect an outpouring of divine grace and blessing,” he said.
Iwan also said that this course was also in line with the vision of Paguyuban Pasundan in getting rid of ignorance and poverty. This is carried out to give the birth of people who are nyantri, nyunda, and nyakola (lit. religious, cultured and educated).
These values are then embodied in the vision of Universitas Pasundan and FISIP which refers to the Panca Dharma values.
“Other than values of Panca Dharma and Tri Dharma, the other two Dharmas, are also Unpas’ own identity, namely glorifying and raising the religion of Islam as well as maintaining and preserving Sundanese culture,” he continued.
On the other hand, Iwan also continued that the purpose of holding the Islamic and Sundanese Philosophy Course (ISPC) is also a step to understand and strengthen the philosophical meaning of Unpas Vision among teachers, education staff, students and the community themselves.
“We hope that the ISPC could strengthen Islam and promote Sundanese culture,” he concluded. (Reta)*