KH. Abdullah Gymnastiar
was born in Bandung on January 29, 1962, from a Moslem and very discipline
couple Letkol H. Engkus Kuswara and Hj. Yeti Rohayati. As a matter of fact, Aa
Gym doesn’t want to be called Kiyai or Ustadz, that’s why people like to call
him Aa Gym.
his marriage with Ninih Muthmainnah Muhsin, the granddaughter of KH Mohamad
(Pondok Pesantren Kalangsari’s
patron in Cijulang, South Ciamis), Aa Gym got seven sons and daughters, Ghaida
Tsuraya, Muhammad Ghazi Al Ghifari, Ghina Raudhatul Jannah, Ghaitsa Zahira
Shofa, Ghefira Nur Fatimah, Ghaza Muhammad Al-Ghazali and Gheriyya Rahima. Aa
Gym also raises five orphans who live with
Gym’s educational background was not from a strict pesantren
environment – particularly in traditional point of view. He admitted
that his first teacher was his own younger brother, Agung Gunmartin, a paralyzed
brother who was deaf and unable to move by himself. But his brother was a persistant
person, he kept studying and never missed his shalat tahajud.
Although he suffered a lot of difficulties, he liked going to mosque. With
love, Aa Gym would carry him to the mosque or his campus.
day by day his brother’s physical condition was getting weaker, he even
couldn’t sit and move his hands anymore. He faced all this with full patient
and without complaints. “He died in my arms, he took his last breath while I
was holding him,” Aa Gym said.
core of Aa Gym’s teaching is qolbu
(literally means heart), simply, a human body is assumed
to be a kingdom. And the king of the body is heart. How can you take care of
other things if you cannot take care of the king? The target of Qolbu
management is public society, without looking at his or her ethnic, race or
religious background. There are two keys in Qolbu Management. First, try to
clean your heart. Second, try to improve your personal ability in all fields.
A clean heart is a heart that always works effectively because it only
thinks about kindness. Honesty is the basis source for forming better mentality
and good dedication in our daily activities.
Aa Gym holds position as the head of Pesantren Daarut Tauuhid
established in 1990. Now, it has expanded to three cities, Bandung, Jakarta and
Batam. With the motto, Dzikir, Fikir and Ikhtiar, these pesantrens
try to educate people to be kind, polite, and effective in using their time,
For Aa Gym, to live means to present the best things for this world and to gain
worthy life in heaven.
School of Koranic studies for children
and young people, most of whom are boarders.
Shalat or solat: ritual prayers and actions performed five times daily
Granddaughter: cucu perempuan raise: membesarkan
persistant: gigih reflection: renungan
diasumsikan intend: bermaksud
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