‘In a poem, one can feel a religious meeting. Such religious meeting can be found in the works of Hamzah Fansuri, Hamka, Amir Hamzah, Chairil Anwar, A.A. Navis, Kuntowijoyo, Sutarji Coulzum Bachri, Danarto, and Abdul Hadi W.M.’ said Shohifur Ridho Ilahi in a Literature Appreciation Forum (FAS) #59 with the theme Literature in Al-Qur’an last Wednesday (15/06/2016)
‘During 1980s to 1990s writers in Yogyakarta wrote literary works with religious spirits especially Sufism themes involving the new comer writers from UIN (Islamic University) Sunan Kalijaga. One can refer to the book Oposisi Sastra Sufi or Sufism Literary Opposition (2004) written by Aprinus Salam,’ he said.
As a person with poetic talent, Ridho argues that Chairil Anwar’s poem Doa or prayer is a good example of the religious meeting between religion and literature. The two entities amalgamates.
‘That is the poet’s, Chairil Anwar, religious culmination as he prays with no regret but appreciation of his love to God with no comparison and cause. Let the breathtakingly beautiful poem closes the discussion in the literature congress. May Allah forgive us,’ he said.
aku masih menyebut namamu
biar susah sungguh
mengingat Kau penuh seluruh
cayaMu panas suci
tinggal kerdip lilin di kelam sunyi
Aku hilang bentuk
aku mengembara di negeri asing
di pintuMu aku mengetuk
aku tak bisa berpaling
I still call your name
though difficult it is
recalling You entire all
Your light’s hot sacred
the still lighting kindle in silent darkness
I am stranded in a strange land
at Your door should I knock
I can never turn off