Deputy Official and Economic Officer of the United States Consulate General, Clint Shoemake, visited the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School, Jombang, East Java, Indonesia, to fulfil an invitation to commemorate the 13th celebration of Gus Dur’s (4th President Republic Indonesia, Dr K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid) Haul, on Wednesday (21/12/2022).
The arrival of Clint Shoemake was received directly by KH. Abdul Hakim, caretaker of the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School in Ndalem Kasepuhan Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School. During the meeting, Clint expressed his admiration for this haul tradition in Indonesia.
“This is the first time I have participated in a haul event and I want to know about Indonesian culture. Which culture has never been found in my home country, namely the United States,” he wrote.
Nevertheless, He also said that before visiting the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School, he first visited Sunan Ampel’s Tomb, located in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. For him, a figure like Sunan Ampel is extraordinary because even though he is not there, he is still respected by many people. This moment is like the figure of Gus Dur (the 4th president of the republic of Indonesia), who is celebrating his Haul at the Tebeireng Islamic boarding school.
However, He also had time to chat casually about the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School with Gus Kikin (KH. Abdul Hakim Mahfudz). In the dialogue, Clint Shoemake said that the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School is one of the barometers of Islam in Indonesia.
“I see the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School as a barometer and image of Indonesian Islam, which is inseparable from the figure of Gus Dur who is buried at the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School itself,” he explained.
In addition, KH. Abdul Hakim Mahfudz explained to Clint Shoemake that there are 5,300 students currently studying at the Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School who come from all over Indonesia. Clint Shoemake admitted that he had never imagined many people coming from all over Indonesia.
*(The news has been refined again from Tebuireng Online reporter, Dimas Setiawan)