Jang Huseyin: ‘Permata Islam’ di Korea

Hati saya berdebar-debar ketika membaca kisah lelaki ini di Majalah Koreana, sebuah majalah tentang budaya dan seni Korea yang berprestij. Sebelumnya, tidak pernah saya lihat fokus majalah ini terhadap agama Islam. Gara-gara si lelaki mempunyai kisah perjuangan Islam yang luar biasa, Koreana mengangkatnya sebagai ‘suara kedamaian di Korea.’

Si lelaki luar biasa: Huseyin Kirdemir atau nama Koreanya Jang Huseyin berasal dari Yozgat,Turki. Kini, dia memilih untuk menjadi warganegara Korea setelah bertandang ke negara gunung laut ini pada 1994. Dia telah menemui ‘kunci’ dakwahnya setelah menguasai bahasa Korea selama sembilan bulan di Seoul National University, yang membawanya sehingga ke peringkat master dan Phd dalam bidang Bahasa Korea di universiti yang sama.

Dengan bahasa Korea itulah, Jang Huseyin kini menubuhkan syarikat penerbitan Islam, Jannah Mumin Book dengan niat menulis, menerbit dan menyebarkan buku-buku tentang Islam dalam bahasa Korea

Niat Pertama ke Korea

“Ayah saya mengidamkan untuk bertugas sebagai tentera Turki di Korea ketika meletusnya Perang Korea. Malangnya, kerana ketinggiannya tidak memenuhi syarat, beliau tidak terpilih,” kata Jang Huseyin membuka cerita bagaimana nama Korea mula muncul dalam dirinya. Minatnya makin menggebu saat menonton filem-filem Korea sehingga mendorongnya belajar Bahasa Korea di Ankara University School of Foreign Languages.

“Saya ingin pergi ke Korea, melihat negara itu dengan mata kepala sendiri setelah ayah gagal dipilih ke sana suatu masa dulu,” jelas Jang Huseyin. Dia tiba di Seoul pada 1994 saat orang asing masih langka. “Orang Korea tidak begitu tahu tentang Islam. Saya masih ingat, pada bulan Ramadan ketika itu, saya berpuasa dan teman-teman Korea fikir saya diet atau tidak mempunyai duit untuk makan,” tambahnya.

Sebaliknya sekarang, Jang Huseyin menyaksikan perkembangan Islam yang pesat di Korea. Daripada masjid yang dikunjungi ramai Muslim seluruh dunia, restoran-restoran Muslim sehinggalah produk makanan halal yang dijual di banyak pasaraya besar di Korea.

Membetulkan Salah-Faham

Seakan fenomena di seluruh dunia, apabila orang-orang non-Muslim mula mencari maklumat tentang Islam pasca serangan 9/11 termasuk masyarakat Korea. Mereka ingin tahu apa itu Islam? Lalu, ada pihak yang mengambil kesempatan menerbitkan buku-buku Islam dengan maklumat yang salah.

“Saya pergi ke Kedai Buku Kyobo untuk mencari buku tentang Islam dalam bahasa Korea. Yang saya temui adalah buku-buku yang memberi maklumat ‘sesat’ tentang Islam.  Sebahagian besar pengarangnya non-Muslim. Satu kesalahan yang saya tidak lupakan adalah sebuah buku Korea yang menceritakan tentang zakat.

Di buku itu tertulis, setiap Muslim perlu mengeluarkan zakat sebanyak 25 peratus harta kepada orang yang berhak. Ini adalah kesalahan yang besar, sepatutnya bukan 25 peratus tetapi 2.5 peratus! Kesalahan seperti ini tidak boleh dimaafkan walaupun si penulisnya ‘tidak sengaja’,” jelas Jang Huseyin.

Beliau kemudian mendapat idea untuk membetulkan salah-faham ini setelah menerima sebuah buku dari rakannya di New York. “Buku itu bertajuk Understanding Islam and Muslims dengan format soal-jawab bersama foto dan informasi asas tentang Islam. Saya kemudiannya menerjemahkan buku ini ke dalam bahasa Korea,” kata Jang Huseyin tidak menyangka buku tersebut dicetak-ulang selama enam kali.

Hal ini membuktikan bahawa masyarakat Korea sangat tertarik mengetahui tentang Islam. Sehingga kini, beliau telah menerjemahkan lebih 20 buah buku tentang Islam ke dalam bahasa Korea.

Bertemu ‘Sayap Kiri’ Perjuangan Islam

Jang Huseyin menggiatkan usaha dakwahnya dengan mengeluarkan Majalah Beautiful Islam yang kemudian di pindahkan menjadi laman web.

“Seorang wanita Korea Muslim yang sedang belajar di New York menghubunginya saya. Dia mencari maklumat tentang Islam dalam bahasa Korea lalu bertemu dengan laman web tersebut. Setelah beberapa kali berutus emel dan bertemu di Korea, kami berkahwin,” jelas Jang Huseyin yang mengahwini Aliya Eunno Yoon dan dikurniakan dua anak, Jannah, 9 tahun dan Mumin, 6 tahun.

Allah SWT menyusun rencana yang terbaik untuk mereka kerana sama-sama mempunyai niat menyebarkan Islam di Korea. Kini, pasangan tersebut membangunkan syarikat penerbitan buku dan laman web bertempat di Paju, luar Seoul Fokus utama syarikat mereka adalah menulis dan menerbitkan buku-buku Islam untuk kanak-kanak, masyarakat Muslim di Korea dan masyarakat umum.

Antara judul buku yang telah ditulis dan diterbitkan Jang Huseyin dan isterinya adalah Kisah-Kisah Saudara baru Yang Memilih Islam (2012), 40 Hadith Imam Nawawi dan Penerangannya (2014), Jawapan kepada Orang Korea: 40 Soalan Yang Sering ditanyakan Tentang Islam (2014), Hilang di Istanbul:Kisah Jannah dan Mumin (2013).

Menyebarkan Islam, Menyebarkan Kedamaian

Jang Huseyin berasa dirinya memikul tanggungjawab besar iaitu membebaskan Islam dari salah-faham dan fitnah. Hari ini, dalam keadaan sebahagian masyarakat Muslim tidak berakhlak sebagai Muslim, tentunya amat mencabar untuk menjelaskan Islam yang sebenar. Di media barat, Islam selalu digambarkan agama aneh dan penuh kekerasan. Hakikatnya, Islam adalah agama penyelesai masalah manusia, ianya bukan agama yang menyempitkan kehidupan.

“Majoriti umat Islam menyintai kedamaian, mereka adalah orang yang mesra dan terbuka. Saya berharap buku-buku saya dapat memberi manfaat kepada masyarakat Muslim dan non-Muslim di Korea,” katanya mengakhiri bicara.

Kisah Jang Husiyen antara kisah luar-biasa yang kami temui di Korea. Saya berdoa dan berharap agar dapat bersama-sama dengan beliau dan isterinya untuk menyebarkan dakwah melalui penerbitan buku di Korea. Para pembaca bolehlah melayari laman web Jang Huseyin di www.jannahmuminbooks.com

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