The blue skies became a witness to the launching of YUAI International Islamic School in Tokyo, on 23rd July 2016 last saturday. This school is special as it was initiated and managed by a group of Indonesian Muslimah under FGA Education Foundation, in collaboration with Islamic Center of Japan which is one of the oldest Islamic organization in Japan.
More than 50 guests attended the event, they consisted of representatives of many Muslim organizations and community members, professor and academic from Keio University, and also some guests from the elders. The event progressed smoothly and affectionately as it gave a new spirit to the Muslims in Japan.
The Launching event was also shocked by an unexpected presence of Irman Gusman, the head of DPD RI who just arrived in Haneda Airport. He immediately welcomed the on-spot invitation from Fikdanel, the vice president of Garuda Indonesia for Japan, Korea and USA Region. He went directly to YUAI Hall, where the event took place.
With full of passion, he mentioned that the quality of Japanese education is without doubt well-established, as even moral character building is well-taught. However, the Muslim youth requires more than just that. They need an education that strengthens their Aqidah and develops a spirit of Rasulullah, that is a spirit to become a person that is beneficial to others.
Furthermore, being an international school, YUAI has a very big role to play as it is the medium to educate and nurture children from various countries in a muslim minority country, Japan. The opportunity to merge, contribute and work together with different cultures without losing the teachings of Islam.
He urged everyone to work together to fulfil these dreams. Then immediately proving commitment to support the school by donating an amount of 2600 US Dollars.
The head of FGA Education Foundation, Yetti Dalimi, shed tears when delivering her speech in the beginning of the event. She emphasized on the urgency of establishing a qualified International Islamic School in Japan. The reason was that Muslims in Japan are experiencing a serious problem which she referred to as “The lost generation”, this refers to the young generation whom were born and raised in Japanese families but are going further from the values and teachings of Islam as they grow older.
Yetti hopes that this school is able to become one of the main solutions to develop muslims with excellence, happiness and pride whom are able to mix with many cultures, working together with various elements, while contributing to the society.
In line with the thoughts of Yetti, Dr. Musa Omer, former ambassador of Sudan in Japan and currently the head of Islamic Center of Japan highlighted that an Islamic School is a solution to resolve various issued faced by the Muslim parents in educating their children to become better Muslims.
The event was not only filled with presentations regarding the school and organization profiles. But was also livened by videos on daily lives of Muslim children in Japan together with a drama theatre by Muslim children aged 4 to 13 years old who were born and raised in Japan.
At the end of the event, the head of Japan Islamic Trust, Aquil Sidqi also expressed his support and gratefulness.
May the existence of this school allow the children to perform their Ibadah in peace, happiness, pride of a Muslim til one day they become ambassadors of Islam. May this first step be followed by more steps for the light of Islam to shine upon the Land of Sakura.
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