Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Students forcibly dance in mosque of UIN Khas Jember, apologize

A video of a group of students at the mosque of Kiai Haji Achmad Siddiq State Islamic University (UIN Khas) Jember has gone viral on social media. Many netizens criticized it. The campus finally opened its voice to confirm that the video was in fact student and apologized.

This information was given by Dr. Saihan, Chairman, Implementation Committee for Introduction to Academic and Student Culture (PBAK) at UIN Khas Jember. He confirmed that the youths seen in the viral video are his students.

“With respect to the video file, it is true (students of UIN Khas Jember),” he said in a statement obtained by detikJatim on Friday (26/8/2022).

He also confirmed that the location of the activity shown in the video was in fact part of a mosque. UIN Khas Jember Complex, right behind Sunan Kalijaga Mosque.

However, Saihan explained that the mosque used for student activities in the video has not been used solely as a place of worship as its construction has not been completed.

“To be precise, it is located behind (the mosque). However, the place of worship cannot be completely built. Because the construction is only 60 percent. For Friday prayers, it cannot be done here either ,” They said.

Saihan, who is also the Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, Cooperation and an alumnus of Islamic Economics and Business (FEBI) UIN Khas Jember, said the dance student’s action took place in the middle of PABK activity.

“With all the material. Between activities, friends can get bored. Then there are the students who have singing talent, the provincial champions. They (PBAK participants) asked them to sing,” he said.

He described how complete the activities of PBAK were. Activity ranged from 07.00 WIB to 15.00 WIB. They suspected that with the full content of the activity, the participants were bored.

When a student with singing talent was asked to sing the viral song ‘Ojo Dibandingke’, Saihan suspected that the dangdut koplo song lost the contestants to the stress of singing and then dancing.

“So then it was beyond awareness. But (after knowing) the committee indicated that it was ready to stop the activity immediately,” he said.

Unfortunately, the dance activity inside the mosque was caught on a small video camera, which was uploaded to multiple accounts on Instagram and went viral. Saihan admitted that the video had raised concerns then.

“In fact, in the (PBAK) activity, there is also a joint sevat activity to instill religious values. Because that is what is taught.
on campus,” he said.

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