Small Name KH Ma’ruf Amin
Jakarta, NU Online
Ma’ruf Amin. That’s the full name that is known and known to the public. But apparently, the long name of Kiai Ma’ruf is not Ma’aruf Amin, but Ma’ruf al-Kharki. Yes, the name is the name prepared by his father, KH Muhammad Amin, when Ma’ruf was born.
“My father gave me the name of Ma’ruf al-Kharki,” I Kiai Ma’ruf in the book KH Ma’ruf Amin: The Movement of the Ummah, The Nation.
KH Muhammad Amin gave his name ‘Ma’ruf al-Kharki’ not without reason. By giving the name, Kiai Amin hoped that someday his son could become a religious expert like Abu Mahfudz Ma’ruf bin Firus al-Kharki (Ma’ruf al-Kharki).
Keep in mind, Ma’ruf al-Kharki is a Sufi expert from Persia. He was great in Baghdad during the Caliph of Harun al-Rasyid. From childhood, he learned from Iraqi scholars. Until then he became a leading religious expert in Iraq.
However, the name of al-Kharki on Kiai Ma’ruf given his father was ‘not enduring.’ The name al-Kharki is also not recorded on the legal documents of Kiai Ma’ruf. In later years, the name used was his father’s name, Amen. So the name becomes Ma’ruf Amin, not Ma’ruf al-Kharki anymore.
Kiai Ma’ruf did not bear the nickname given by his father, but the hope that his father pinned on him really came true. That is to become a religious expert. In fact, Kiai Ma’ruf became the leader of the two largest and most respected Islamic organizations, the Nahdlatul Ulama (Rais Aam) and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). (Muchlishon)top
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