Rabu 01 Nov 2023 08:33 WIB

Megawati, The Power of Shalawat and the Rising of a Volleyball Star

Currently, Megawati is on the top scorers list of South Korean Women's Volleyball League.

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Indonesian women's volleyball player, Megawati Hangestri (center).
Foto: ANTARA/Yulius Satria Wijaya
Indonesian women's volleyball player, Megawati Hangestri (center).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Megawati Hangestri Pertiwi has recently been in the talks following her stunning performance in the South Korean League (South Korea) with Daejeon Cheng Kwan Jang Red Sparks. She is currently in the mainstay of the Red Sparks with her powerfull smash.

Megawati made her debut in the South Korean Volleyball League when her team faced off against IBK Altos on Tuesday (17/10/2023). In her debut, Megatron, the nickname gave by her fans, instantly became a star for the Red Sparks. She was successful in packing 21 points.

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Without a doubt, the notch made Megawati named the best player aka MVP in the game Red Sparks versus IBL Altos with a 3-0 win record (25-15, 25-15, 25-23). In the game, all eyes were on a 24-year-old woman from Jember, East Java.

It's not just about his acceleration over the rink. Megawati is also attract attention because of what she wears. A closed garment complete with a hijab and a long t-shirt on her hands and feet, at odd with the attire of her fellow players.

It is natural that the media and lovers of South Korean volleyball were firstly baffled. Megawati is the first Muslimah to play in the South Korean volleyball league. Her towering stature of 185 centimeters made him record a fairly high attack success rate. Megawati plays the role of an all-round opposite hitter.

Every time Megawati plays, it can be seen that this hijab-wearing volleyball player has her mouth mumbling like she is reciting something. In a short video posted on social media, Megawati's translator asked what South Korea's new volleyball idol was pronouncing.

Megawati replied, she read shalawat, or the praise to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This is how it reads: "Allahumma Sholli 'ala Sayyidina Muhammad, Wa 'ala ali Sayyidina Muhammad", roughly translated as "Oh Allah, give peace and blessing to our master Muhammad, and to the familiy of our master Muhammad".

“The third and fifth sets I kept reading it, even from the first set. This became my strength during the game,” Megawati was quoted as saying Wednesday (1/11/2023).

Currently, Megawati is on the top scorers list of the South Korean Women's Volleyball League with 95 points being in the top five. First place was occupied by Brittany Abercrombie (Hwaseong IBK Altos) with 112 points.

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