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Sjekh Siti Jenar - 1,426 AD - 1517 AD

Ilustrasi Sjekh Siti Jenar (Foto : Istw) 
Jakarta (Dreamland Library) - Sjekh Siti Jenar his real name is Raden Abdul Jalil (also known in many other names, among others: Sitibrit, Lemahbang, or Lemah Abang) is a Local Religious figure on the island of Java.

Born: 1426 AD, Astanajapura, Cirebon, Indonesia
Died: 1517 AD, Demak, Indonesia
Nationality: Indonesian

Speaking of Raden Abdul Jalil, the first thing we must clarify is his understanding of "Manunggaling Kawula Gusti" which is clearly an Ancient Javanese philosophy, not Arabic or other philosophy.

His teachings from the high philosophy of Raden Abdul Jalil made all Wali (Wali Songo - who are all Arabs no exception) angry. This is because according to the existing saints, it will hamper the broadcast of Islam in the archipelago.

For the Javanese who at that time was still very concrete, felt at a crossroads. Some who are still in love with the behavior of their ancestors, assume that Sheikh Siti Jenar is an intellectual who reminds the teachings of the values ​​of the Archipelago's Ancestors, when there was degeneration from the entry of foreign values ​​in the archipelago.

Raden Abdul Jalil's teachings are contained in his literary work called Pupuh. As a result of his exploration of the values ​​of the Archipelago's Ancestors, Raden Abdul Jalil delivered an excellent work, "Budi Pekerti".

Seeing the work of Budi Pekerti above, therefore people who have always wanted to damage the values ​​of the Noble Nation, have to do with heresy. In fact, if we look at the history of the replacement of Budi Pekerti in 1979, into the teachings of Religion, it was precisely that year as the pillar of history the beginning of the Student Clash. So actually we have to be literate, that the values ​​of this Archipelago Ancestor are better than any value that comes from outside.

Siti Jenar developed the teachings of the ancient Javanese way of life, which from the perspective of foreign researchers is called Sufi.

As for the title of the Shaykh in front of his name, it is a political labeling in the sense of lowering the rank or level of his caste, so that he will be governed or in accordance with the Shaykhs who are older or have higher degrees.

The concept of Manunggaling Kawulo Ghusti existed long before Christ, while Islam was only born in the 7th century (the Prophet Muhammad was born in 571 AD). So it is clear that the Manunggaling Kawulo Ghusti concept, even if it was not revived by Siti Jenar, the concept had existed long before.

If so, the question? If Siti Jenar is an Arab, then that means she is the one who is influenced by the teachings of the Noble Local Religion.

Also keep in mind that Ghusti in Old Javanese has the essence of the true meaning of God, so that the people of the Archipelago who understand well about the essence of the meaning of God, will never erase the vocabulary of Ghusti. That is why the coming of Islam to Indonesia cannot immediately replaced Ghusti's vocabulary. Like the behavior of the archipelago who are cyclical, then the disposition to replace the vocabulary of Ghusti, is subtly rejected, by inserting it behind the word Ghusti, becoming Ghusti Allah.

The question "God Almighty" is in which vocabulary - in God's Ghusti? Maybe this can be explained by the law of our language, Red Car, meaning the Car is red. So for Javanese people who still want to worship in the way of their ancestors, it is still sufficient to use the word Ghusti. While for Javanese who want to pray the Islamic way, they still add the word Allah behind the word Ghusti, to become Ghusti Allah.

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  1. Today there are many historical twists, which after we have examined together as above, it is not possible that Raden Abdul Jalil is a Middle Eastern, Persian, Arab or whatever.
  2. The author did not get an illustration of the face of Sheikh Siti Jenar that matches the original face.

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