Senin , 31 July 2017, 20:55 WIB

What's wrong with clapping song Tepuk Anak Saleh: Aisyiyah

Rep: Eko Widiyanto/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda
Republika/Yasin Habibi
Pre-school children. (Illustration)
Pre-school children. (Illustration)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, PURWOKERTO -- Chairman of Aisyiyah Banyumas region questioned the demand to stop the song titled "Tepuk Anak Saleh" (Clapping Song of Faithful Children). Other parties also wanted the lyrics of the clapping song should be changed.

Zakiah explained the clapping song has been sang for years by pre-school children in Aisyiyah schools. There was no problem of faith occurred by singing "Tepuk Anak Saleh".

"Since I was in kindergarten, the song already been sang. We've seen no problem related to the children's faith by singing the song," Zakiyah said on Monday.

According to Zakiyah, by examining the lyric carefully, the clapping song of "Tepuk Anak Saleh" did not contrary to the Islamic teaching, including the phrase "Islam Yes, Kafir (Unbeliever) No". The phrase made the song accused to had intolerant content.

"What's wrong with that song? With the song the educators can introduce basic  Islamic teaching in early childhood so they would not be unbeliever in adulthood," she said. 

Zakiyah is concerned Muslims are currently being clashed to each other. "Let's think clearly. Do not let fellow Muslims being provoked to be banged," she reminded.

On Friday (July 27), Chairperson of Association of Educators and Early Childhood Education (Himpaudi) Banyumas, Khasanatul Mufidah, requested the clapping song "Tepuk Anak Saleh" to be stopped. She said it contain intolerant phrase. She proposed the lyrics to be changed as alternative solution.

"The phrase "Islam Yes, Kafir No" will teach the children to be intolerant and destroy the togetherness. I'm afraid the belief will continue to the next level of education," she said.

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