Umar Bin Khatab r.a. once gave wise advice for getting to know someone’s character. Three ways he recommended were to travel (journey), engage in transactions (business or dealing with money), and entrust them with something. In another explanation, it is mentioned that you should not consider yourself to have known your brother well if you have never traveled together with your brother or spent the night together.

This became an inspiration for the teachers and students of class 5 at SD Juara Cimahi to get to know each other more closely and deeply about their characters. In the “Mabit Mandiri Bersama Juara” program, students are encouraged to independently fulfill their daily needs and together become exemplary individuals.

The “Mabit” held on Thursday-Friday, August 24-25, 2023, this time was different from the usual “mabit” held at SD Juara Cimahi. If usually students went for “mabit,” focusing on attending the event without worrying about facilities, amenities, or food needs. Even the previous “mabit” was usually chosen on the night before a holiday so that they could rest after “mabit.” However, this time they really had to learn to be independent in preparing accommodations and including finding and providing their own food needs. Not only that, the chosen day was still an effective day, so after spending the night, they had to continue attending school activities as usual.

Before this “mabit” actually happened, the fifth-grade students showed extraordinary enthusiasm. Understandably, this is their first “mabit” at SD Juara. Some students who lived far from school intentionally did not go home so they could attend “mabit” on time. Meanwhile, others had to go home first to bring all the supplies that would be used that night and the next day.

At 4 p.m., the “mabit” began with an opening and al-Matsurat. After that, they had to share tasks to prepare and clean up the sleeping area, shop for ingredients for dinner. Although the planned menu was relatively simple, the enthusiasm and spirit of the participants were not simple. They started to entrust and engage in transactions. While some cooked, others maximized their time for rest and recitation. But when it was time for prayer, they performed congregational prayer.

Until after Isha, the dinner was successfully prepared. White rice, omelets, sautéed tempeh, boiled chayote and carrots, plus sambal, were enjoyed with pleasure. They began to feel the results of their efforts and independence, although unaware that during the activities, their every move was being observed.

As bedtime approached, there were no specific activities other than completing recitation targets and preparing memorization for the next day. However, some students were entrusted with preparing breakfast for the next day. Once again, a simple menu, rice cakes and vegetable fritters.

The new room and atmosphere understandably made it a bit difficult for students to rest. Some of them were able to sleep on time, but others had to wait for up to 2 hours to pass. However, when it came to waking up, they were actually one hour earlier than scheduled. At 4:00 a.m., they were supposed to wake up according to their daily routine, but by three o’clock, everyone was already awake and some even bathed and alert. They performed congregational night prayers led by rotating imams from several students who had memorized Juz 30. Until dawn arrived, they performed the Fajr prayer in congregation led by the accompanying teacher, followed by supplication and collective introspection.

After the Fajr prayer, the students immediately prepared themselves for the new day. They also didn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise on the eastern horizon of Cimahi city from the third floor. They resumed entrusting tasks so that by 7:00 a.m., they were ready like the other students who would come. Among them, some took turns cooking fried snacks, cleaning the room, and some went to find rice cakes for breakfast.

In the morning, it turned out that there were parents who shared green bean porridge, adding to the enjoyment of the breakfast menu. By 6:30 a.m., several students had started arriving at the school. Likewise, the participants of the “mabit,” they had breakfast together and prepared to participate in activities as usual.

Starting from 7:00 a.m., they resumed their morning routines. They performed Dhuha prayer and al-Matsurat, followed by TTQ learning, ACIL program, mentoring, Friday prayer, and Keputrian activities, and ended with Scout extracurricular.

At the end of the event, some students admitted feeling sleepy, tired, and so on. However, when asked about their impressions of this “mabit,” they all expressed excitement and happiness simultaneously. When the next “mabit” was planned for next month, the cheers could not be hidden.

This “mabit” has become a valuable opportunity for teachers and students to get to know each other and develop their characters more deeply. What Umar bin Khatab r.a. said is true. When Juara students spend the night, travel, engage in transactions, and are entrusted with responsibilities, they show their true character. And “mabit” is the place for that. May it be blessed.

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