Prof. Nasaruddin Umar: “Leaders should be strong and trustworthy”

To welcome the 18th anniversary of the SBM ITB and the achievement of AACSB international accreditation, SBM ITB held a congregation prayer or ‘Doa Bersama’ by inviting Prof.Dr.K.H Nasaruddin Umar M.A., the Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque.

Started by the Qur’an recitation, the online prayer was attended by lecturers, educators, students, and alumni of SBM ITB.

“As a form of gratitude entering the age of 18 years and achieving the AACSB international accreditation, specifically, this afternoon we invited Prof.Dr.K.H Nasaruddin Umar M.A,” said Dean Utomo Sarjono Putro, in the opening speech.

Through the event entitled “Leadership Transformation for Independence: Supporting the Role of SBM ITB for the Advancement of the Almamater and Motherland,” Utomo expected some advice from Prof. Nasaruddin related leadership transformation to independence.

Concerning the criteria of a leader, Prof Nasaruddin explained that a leader must be trustworthy and strong. “Indeed, those who are appointed as leaders are strong and trusted people,” said Prof. Nasaruddin in his motivational speech on Wednesday (12/22/2021).

Prof. Nasaruddin also said that if we want to emulate the attitude of leadership, we should imitate the leadership of Allah, the most glorified, the most high, and the Prophet Muhammad PBUH in managing the universe.

Besides being strong and trustworthy, Prof. Nasaruddin explained that a leader should have a gentle, loving, and caring attitude. “If we extract the Qur’an in one verse, it must be Chapter Al-Fatihah. If we extract al-Fatihah into a sentence, it becomes bismillahirohmanirohim. If the bismillahirohmanirohim is extracted, it will become Ar-Rohman and Ar-Rahiim, meaning the loving and caring,” he explained.

Furthermore, Prof. Nasar highlighted that many leaders currently do not imitate and follow the leadership attitude of Allah and his Messenger. For example, many leaders still act rudely and arbitrarily to the people they lead.

Prof. Nasar emphasized that leaders need to implement the nature of Allah, the most glorified, the most high: being gentle, loving, and merciful. “All prophets are asked to lead with gentleness or rububiyyah, so how should we build a relationship with others?” said Prof. Nasar, who is also a professor in the science of interpretation.

With an arbitrary and rude attitude towards members of the community they lead, nowadays, many people become the best managers but not the best leaders.

“Many people who become the best managers but not the best leaders; the prophets and the Quran want us to be the best managers and also the best leaders,” closed Prof. Nazaruddin.

This event was closed with a prayer as a sign of gratitude for the 18th anniversary of establishing SBM ITB and the achievement of AACSB international accreditation led by Prof. Nazaruddin.


Written by Student Reporter (Deo Fernando, Entrepreneurship 2021)