The Alumni of STIBA Makassar are encouraged to be not only successful academically but also enlightening figures in all aspects of life, particularly in religious issues. Faced with the demands of the times that require direction and guidance in matters of faith, each alumnus is urged to continuously update their knowledge before providing enlightenment to others.

Recognizing the crucial role of alumni, especially in the context of the upcoming democratic elections in Indonesia, the Alumni Association (IKA) of STIBA Makassar organized a scholarly discussion on Thursday evening, January 4, 2024. The event featured Dr. Muhammad Zaitun Rasmin, Chairman of the Central Board of Wahdah Islamiyah. The discussion centered around the theme “Attitudes in Democracy and the Direction of Political Choices.” Ustaz Zaitun shed light on the stance of a Muslim in the world of democracy and prompted contemplation about which presidential and vice-presidential candidates should be supported.

This discussion was orchestrated by the Strategic Studies Department of the Alumni Association (IKA) of STIBA Makassar, with Ustaz Abdul Qahar serving as the moderator. The event commenced with a captivating opening from the chairman, followed by a Q&A session with participants.

A noteworthy moment occurred when an alumna raised a question about the appropriate response to potential electoral fraud and how to cope with defeat if the supported presidential and vice-presidential candidates lose.

Ustaz Zaitun offered a motivational response, stating, “Our task is to make the utmost effort. Winning or losing is a matter for later; our duty is to strive to the best of our abilities. Young people should not entertain negative and pessimistic thoughts; those are traits of the elderly. Young people should think about what they can do in times like these,” expressed Ustaz Zaitun.

The discussion, conducted virtually via Zoom Meeting, took place from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM local time. This event served as a platform for alumni to collaborate and contribute positively to national life, especially as the 2024 elections approach.