(STIBA.ac.id) Makassar – Since mid-March, in the early days of the Covid-19, the pandemic plagued the country until now and there were no students of STIBA Makassar has been reported positive for the deadly disease. This is a health blessing from Allah that should make us grateful and be maintained by increasing our vigilance, as stated by the Chairman of STIBA Makassar, Ustaz Ahmad Hanafi, Lc., M.A., Ph.D. when giving a speech in the Initial Lecture, Monday (07/09).
In addition to health benefits, the good implementation of all academic activities is also something to be grateful for. At the beginning, STIBA dismissed its students because of the pandemic, everything was still vague. STIBA did not yet have a clear picture of online lectures. However, the sincere intention to maintain the safety of students and all campus residents demanded that the STIBA leadership must take swift steps to shut the face-to-face lectures.
Alhamdulillah, semester lectures, final exams, thesis exams, and judiciaries all went well even though they were hold on online platforms. “We just have to postpone the graduation procession, remembering that almost all students who have just finished wanted an offline graduation event,” said Ustaz Ahmad, which was broadcasted live from the Anas bin Malik Mosque, STIBA Makassar Campus via the STIBA TV Youtube channel and Zoom media.
“Including PMB activities, new student orientation and pre-lectures were also carried out well. Likewise the work programs in other fields. Everything went well,” said Ustaz Ahmad.
Therefore, the deputy chairman of the Wahdah Islamiyah Sharia Council appealed to the entire academic community of STIBA Makassar to be grateful to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
Regarding Covid-19, whose status is considered unsafe, this doctor who graduated from King Saud University Riyad KSA asked all of us to be patient with the calamities and ordeals.
“We don’t know when this ordeal ends. We face many difficulties and problems, including our personalities. In particular, many students experience some obstacles, problematic networks, quotas, and so on. So, let’s double our patience. This is our struggle. This shows whether we really are true knowledge claimants or not,” said Ustaz Ahmad, motivating more than a thousand students who were monitoring via Youtube and Zoom.
“Patience in this term includes holding back the longing to meet all of you. Seeing you in this mosque, in your classes, filling the corners of the campus with remembrance of Allah,” he said while holding back his emotion.
According to Ustaz Ahmad Hanafi, basically studying must be done by face-to-face learning events, even the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, and the Angel, Jibril alaihissalaam, pressed their knees together when delivering knowledge.
Patience in carrying out health
protocols was also pointed out by the Chairman of STIBA Makassar. The Wahdah
Islamiyah Institute which oversees STIBA Makassar is still consistent in
appealing to its cadres to continue implementing health protocols. Therefore, the
Chairman reminded the importance of exemplary and to remind each other among
the academic community.
Even though they are still carrying out lectures online, STIBA has prepared preparatory steps to bring students to campus, such as preparing facilities and infrastructure to the formation of the Covid Cluster Team.
Regarding the question of when STIBA will start the offline lectures, Ustaz Ahmad answered, “If we are ready and the authorities, in this case the YPWI, have given its recommendations based on the requirements that are met. And, the regulations from the government have issued the permission to do so. When we send students home in March with a lot of considerations, returning them also needs the same careful consideration,” he concluded.
Translator: Arif Anshar Syah
Editor: Suryadin Abdillah